Procivis strengthens its Board of Directors and appoints Achille Deodato as Chief Operating Officer

Swiss e-government provider Procivis has strengthened its Board of Directors with Swiss Liberal Party FDP politician Doris Fiala, strategy expert Huw Evans and cyber security specialist Roger Wirth. In addition, the company has announced the appointment of Achille Deodato as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The newly created position reflects Procivis’ strong growth and will allow…

Procivis Think Tank Meeting – 26th July 2018: How will digital identities transform the government apparatus?

Can transnational identities enabled by blockchain facilitate democratic participation which transcends beyond the bounds of a traditional nation state? This was one of the questions raised at the Procivis Think Tank (http://procivis.ch/think-tank/) meeting, which took place at Switzerland’s largest blockchain hub (https://www.trustsquare.ch) on Thursday, 26 July 2018. Ramon Göldi leading the discussion on the role…

Successful “Women in Blockchain” launch event

With the objective of promoting gender equality in the burgeoning blockchain sector, Procivis, Trust Square and FDP. The Liberal Women Switzerland joined hands to launch the Women in Blockchain event series. The events aim to bring together thought leaders in blockchain to educate, inspire and connect female talents in the sector. With 170 people in…

Canton of Schaffhausen officially launches Procivis electronic ID solution following a successful pilot phase

After a four-month pilot phase with the “Schaffhauser eID+” electronic identity solution, the project partners have drawn a positive assessment. The system, which has been implemented jointly by Swiss e-government specialist Procivis and the IT services of the canton and town of Schaffhausen (KSD), has proven to deliver the expected added value and will now…

Procivis and the Rohingya Project partner to provide electronic identity to the Rohingya diaspora

Swiss e-government venture Procivis and non-governmental organisation the Rohingya Project have announced a partnership to enable financial and social inclusion for the 3.5 million Rohingya people living across the world. As part of the collaboration, Procivis will supply its eID+ platform and combine it with the Rohingya Project’s unique verification process, to provide the stateless…

The Missing 1.1 billion: Blockchain-Based Digital Identities as a Driver of Inclusion

In the developed world, possessing a government issued identity document is taken as a given for most people. From holding a birth certificate to a passport, it is not often that one pauses to think about the privilege of living in a country where a majority of the citizens are visible to the state. Reality…

Lessons from the World’s Largest e-Identity Program – India’s Aadhaar

Since its launch in 2009, India’s e-Identity program, Aadhaar has been the subject of intense debate. Its ardent supporters promote it as a solution to the country’s notoriously wasteful welfare system and its opponents label it a gross violation of privacy. Being Aadhaar-registered myself and having studied the development of the program extensively, the merits…

The Crypto Valley Association partners with the Sovrin Foundation to find new ways to help manage digital identities

The Crypto Valley Association (CVA) today announced a partnership with the Sovrin Foundation, an international non-profit that governs the world’s first open public self-sovereign identity (SSI) network, to explore new ways to help business and people manage and store personal identity data on their own devices, and provide it efficiently to those who need to…

The rise of digital tribes and their digital tokens

2017 was the year of the rise of financing via digital tokens (see chart below). While some initial coin offerings (ICOs) have been asset-backed (i.e. they are the equivalent of raising capital via more traditional means), the majority of ICOs have been for tokens backed by nothing more than the belief in an idea. This…

Procivis and the Canton of Schaffhausen present eID solution at the eGovernment Day Schaffhausen

Zurich / Schaffhausen, 4 December 2017   Procivis and the Canton of Schaffhausen have presented the pilot version of the Schaffhausen eID+ to the canton’s citizens today. The electronic identity solution is based on Procivis technology and can be downloaded by citizens of the Canton of Schaffhausen onto their iOS or Android mobile phones via…

The Winners and Losers of GDPR

  Personal data is the commodity of the 21st century. Some even call it “the new asset class”[1]. It is collected and traded every day, sometimes to the benefit of individuals — by virtue of targeted advertisements and free content — and every now and then to their disadvantage — when massive data centres are breached by hackers and when it…

Blog #02: The Macro Drivers of Cryptocurrencies

The Macro Drivers of Cryptocurrencies   The birth of a new form of electronic money that does not require a bank is now almost a decade old. The concept has become accessible to ordinary people because of the ubiquitous use of smartphones.  It has also become relatively easy for anyone to issue their own cryptocurrency…

Procivis introduces VALID: Personal data management for the digital age

Mobile and blockchain technologies are opening up new ways for citizens to interact with their state and with the marketplace. Procivis is developing innovative technology solutions to make these new forms of interaction user-friendly, relevant and secure. VALID is the next iteration of the Procivis digital identity platform, which draws on the e-government platform eID+,…

E-governance and blockchain in India and Oman – Interview with Daniel Gasteiger

The “Swiss-Indian forum e-governance” in New Delhi, India, and the “Blockchain Symposium” in Muscat, Oman, brought together entrepreneurs and policymakers from around the world to discuss the opportunities and the challenges behind the implementation of blockchain technology in general and blockchain-enabled e-governance in particular. Procivis CEO Daniel Gasteiger was invited to speak on behalf of…

Blog #01 – Technology and democracy

Digitalization is changing all aspects of how modern societies operate, including the machinery underpinning democracy. As the tech industry rolls out new software and hardware solutions by which the people can make their will known, society and the law will eventually catch up. We need to start broadening the debate about the available choices and…

HSBlox announces strategic partnership with Procivis to create a patient-centered smart contract solution for healthcare administration

ATLANTA HSBlox, a technology company bringing innovation and transparent economics to the healthcare ecosystem today announced a partnership with Swiss electronic identity specialist Procivis. Combining HSBlox’s Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) smart contract solution for healthcare administration with Procivis’ advanced DLT authentication application will ensure that the patient is securely in control of the administrative process. Together…

Procivis and University of Zurich develop blockchain-based e-voting solution

Swiss e-government startup Procivis and the Communication Systems Group CSG at the Department of Informatics at University of Zurich have announced their collaboration to develop an electronic voting solution. The planned platform aims to cover the entire voting process electronically and in a seamless manner, from the provision of voter information to the evaluation of…

Procivis and the Canton of Schaffhausen implement e-government pilot project

Procivis has won the first Swiss canton to implement its integrated e-government platform. As a specialist provider of electronic government services, the startup will supply the Canton of Schaffhausen with an electronic Citizen-ID based on a mobile app, which will be available to citizens free of charge. The Citizen-ID is planned to be launched later…

Giorgio Zinetti and Costa Vayenas join Procivis as CTO and Senior Government Consultant

Swiss e-government startup Procivis has announced two key new hires to further strengthen the technology and government expertise across its team. Giorgio Zinetti has been appointed Chief Technology Officer and will join the company at the beginning of October. As part of the Procivis leadership team, he will define and implement the company’s technology strategy.…

Procivis completes advisory board, bringing together leading names in tech, e-governance and blockchain

Swiss e-government startup Procivis has announced the completion of its advisory board, adding further global experts to its in-house think tank. The group of six strategic advisors covers all facets of e-governance, providing Procivis with crucial know-how and expertise to help drive the company’s mission of creating a backbone for digital societies across the globe. The Procivis advisory…

News release “Swiss e-government startup Procivis releases integrated e-identity platform”

Four months after its public launch, Swiss e-government startup Procivis has released the beta version of its integrated electronic identity and services platform. The fully functional software is ready for piloting and designed to integrate blockchain-based smart contract capabilities as soon as the underlying technology has matured. Procivis further announced it will provide free access…

Report “Two Countries – Two Decades – Two Results: A brief comparison of e-government solutions in Estonia and Switzerland”

This report sheds new light on the implementation of e-government in Switzerland and examines the current stage in this process. Using the case of Estonia as a comparison and best-practice example, we show the way e-government instruments are implemented, which are the main challenges and opportunities for Switzerland. In our report, we present a timeline…

News Release “Swiss startup Procivis launches blockchain-backed e-government platform”

Procivis, a new venture founded by Swiss blockchain entrepreneur Daniel Gasteiger, has come out of stealth mode to present its proof of concept for a blockchain-backed e-government platform at today’s Microsoft public sector digitization practice day in Bern. To design its services, the company will collaborate closely with Estonian e-government experts. Procivis was launched with…

Estonia’s “e-Residency”: experimenting worldwide digital inclusion | Kaspar Korjus @ TEDxGeneva

Kaspar Korjus is the Managing Director of Estonia’s e-Residency program. Kaspar began managing the program at the young age of 26 and today leads a team whose aim is to build a digital society for the 10 million Estonians by 2025. The e-Residency program has been hailed as a great success from the onset and…