Blockchain technologies are used to securely store and transfer value digitally in a tamper-proof manner. The best-known use of blockchain technologies is the Bitcoin crypto-currency. Increasingly, this technology is being used to also store non-financial data that must be preserved and protected by its owner. Identity attributes, such as social credit credentials, are a prime example of vital information that needs to be controlled by individuals, rather than being entrusted to third parties. Once a person’s earned social credit credential is stored on a blockchain, it cannot be erased or modified and becomes a trusted record that can be relied upon by individuals and organizations for adjudication purposes.
ReliablyME is a new digital branding platform that allows charitable and student organizations to automatically issue sponsor-branded social media “Integrity” badges to citizens every time they fulfill any ReliablyME-registered sign-up commitment. It also offers such organizations and their partners a new source of funding by empowering them to issue sponsored social media badges that serve as logo-displaying billboard for the sponsoring organizations. Sponsoring organizations benefit from the transparency of tracking the performance of their contributions to civic engagement and receive online social media-shareable recognition for having done so.
Marginalized individuals who are financially excluded, because they are either students or at-risk youth or newcomers or even parolees, can develop good integrity habits and receive public recognition for having successfully done so and, thereby, earn their way to becoming included socially and financially.