The Soothing Coin Team
January 2, 2021
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Identity verification is essential for the life in cyberspace. Unfortunately, nowadays identity verification in cyberspace is either virtually non-existent, or has to sacrifice the privacy in our real life. We hereby presents an elegant so-lution based on the cryptocurrency Soothing Coin (STHCOIN). The solution allows everybody to establish an anonymous identity (AnonyID) and provides an unprecedented way for universal online authentication. Like real life identity, a credible AnonyID is established via interactions and connections with other AnonyIDs, and cannot be easily replicated or forged. Each established AnonyID would represent a unique person in the real world and yet would not carry any information from the real world about the represented person. Furthermore, AnonyID is totally transparent, publicly verifiable and thus can be used universally, just like a human face in reality. Since AnonyID is completely separated from the real life identity, when using it for online authentication, one needs not be concerned with leaking his/her identity in the real world. To some extent, the AnonyID system is similar to LinkedIn but everything is anonymous and open to the public. We all need driver licenses and passports to do business in the real society. Soon, just like physical IDs, AnonyID will be needed by every citizen in the virtual society of cyberspace to prove their identity. Going above and beyond, AnonyID can be used for equipment and virtual entities as well and support computerized operations (e.g. POS in blockchain). On top of AnonyID, an online society can be formed that everybody and everything can be a part of anonymously. Such a society will be the norm in the future cyberspace.
This white paper defines AnonyID, specifies the protocol to implement it on STHCOIN and provides a roadmap. Web functionalities, mobile app and programming APIs for the use of AnonyID are also described. Since both the infrastructure and protocol are open, third parties can participate in the development in their own ways separate from the Soothing Coin team. Furthermore,
many interesting issues await the solutions from the public. The project is open in its nature. Anticipating its broad and deep impacts, we call for the participations of all interested parties.