One of the most important factors in achieving success in their various projects was local involvement, all participants agreed. While it was possible for island nations with small, dispersed populations to “leapfrog” others in their digital ledger infrastructure, their solutions must be based on close community consultation and by studying their specific needs. This way, introducing a radical new technology would avoid being seen as a new form of colonization, or trying to shoehorn unsuitable solutions into skeptical markets.
All the user’s personal information and the data they create is linked to transactions on the blockchain, allowing them to set permissions as to who (or what platforms) can see it.
The benefits of a portable identity system where users “truly own their data” are many. You can close your account on Facebook and Twitter, and (optionally) download all your data there. But you can’t port that data to a new platform, and there’s no guarantee the original platform doesn’t have a backup copy stored somewhere. With MetaID, control and ownership of the data remains with the user.