Public Information Exchange Infrastructure (I-PiXi)
I-PIXI will be an independent entity that shall oversee governance standards, legal relationships, functioning, etc. for the PDI. The aim of I-PIXI will be to create a governance infrastructure of aggregated registries on an Indian Blockchain that will eventually serve as a template for a digitalized information backbone.
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Incubation of a Public Digital Infrastructure
VREV Foundation envisages creating an ecosystem of issuers to aggregate digitized identities & certificates and creating an ecosystem of developers who will digitalize this infrastructure for social applications. This PDI will comprise four major stakeholders –
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Participate in India’s first of its kind Public Digital Infrastructure for governance on a public blockchain as a project of National Importance and aid the transformation of social welfare by supporting governance use cases across Domains. As India’s Presidency of the G20 begins, the governments at the State and Centre are keen to bring about digitalization of governance. The large scale digitization achieved through Aadhaar and UPI tie in well in redesigning governance and welfare delivery to all citizens.
VREV (Pronounced “We Rev”) Foundation is a section 8 company (12A, 80G) that seeks to incubate nonprofits and social sector organisations focused on bridging the gap in governance through leveraging technology. VREV’s key incubation project is to create a template for an Indian Public Blockchain which will be I-PIXI. The endeavour is to create a first-of-its-kind Public Digital Infrastructure (PDI) for governance based on Web 3.0 principles. VREV’s approach as an Ecosystem Incubator will be in bringing together all the components of creating this PDI – Issuers/Vaults/Verifiers on the blockchain, Application developers / Mobility device providers, and through this – Socialising the use of governance applications by citizens.
I-PIXI (India Public Information eXchange Infrastructure) will be the project of the PIXI Foundation which will be setup as a Section 8 organization. I-PIXI will be an independent entity that shall oversee governance standards, legal relationships, functioning, etc. for the Public Digital Infrastructure (PDI). The aim of I-PIXI will be to create a governance infrastructure of aggregated registries on an Indian Blockchain that will eventually serve as a template for a countrywide digitalized information backbone.
Participate in India’s first of its kind Public Digital Infrastructure for governance on a public blockchain as a project of National Importance and aid the transformation of social welfare by supporting governance use cases across domains. As India’s Presidency of the G20 begins, the governments at the State and Centre are keen to bring about digitalization of governance. The large scale digitization achieved through Aadhaar and UPI tie in well in redesigning governance and welfare delivery to all citizens.
The PDI will aggregate a network of identity issuers, holders, and verifiers in order to enable an efficient mechanism for sharing and verifying identities through their credentials. Credentials are hashkey proxies for the underlying data. These identity issuers (like UIDAI, NAD, NSDL, Government departments issuing BPL cards etc.) will determine the consensus mechanism of how citizen identities processed by them are to be verified seamlessly for multiple use-cases without compromising on privacy.
While stakeholders including citizens will be permitted to access and use the PDI, the control and operability of the PDI shall remain with the charter members. The creation of a PDI at this scale will serve multiple purposes, including, ease of access and interoperability within various government departments, connecting state and central authorities with district and rural authorities for efficient delivery of entitlements, providing the ability to process all the attendant government processes in a verifiable & trackable manner.
- Administration, availability and maintenance of technology infrastructure, including software codebase, for an open public data registry
- Development of specifications and protocols related to the secure issuance, storing, sharing and lifecycle of data sharing
- Standardization of data models, templates, schemas and structured data for exchange in digital trust ecosystems
- Enable data sharing frameworks which are aligned with models of data economy blended with privacy by design principles
- Incubating the design and development of consumer experience for creation, availability and exchange of digitally verifiable credentials intended to enhance the ease of governance
- Setting up coding competitions, hackathons and events which are directed towards creation of innovative new extensions or addressing preexisting design issues in the codebase
- Prototype, create pilot deployments and productize integration and interoperability capabilities designed to benefit from digital identifier and data systems already available
- Commission original research in public application of digital credentials, trust ecosystems and trust registries that will help in sustaining the functioning of the digital public goods
- Collaborate with regulatory bodies to provide input, feedback, comments and responses to policy proposals, RfCs and approach papers
- Infrastructure on cloud (Servers , Nodes etc)
- Edge devices for Citizens (Smartphones)
- Software Application developers
- Social sector (Field NGOs, Foundations etc)
- Government registries
- Nodal departments at respective Ministries
- Strategic technology partner – Dhiway networks
- Specific subject matter experts / Senior domain leaders
- Academic Institutions
The types of partners will be tiered as Charter members and Project partners
- Charter members will be large organizations – Corporates, Consulting firms, Government registries, Application developers, Cloud infrastructure and Mobile device providers – who will contribute to setting up I-PIXI.
- Project partners – Partners who are part of government implementations in the welfare domain or are automating cross domain registry projects like logistics, education, land records etc.
The governance of the PDI will ensure its direction and operational capability is a consensus amongst its charter members. The operation of I-PIXI will be designed to offer resiliency, high-availability, transaction speed and transparency. The approach will be to offer clear audit-ready workflows which combine on-chain governance for operational aspects with off-chain governance for strategic initiatives.
This tiering of partners will transform into Councils and Working groups post the initial phase of the setup of I-PIXI, estimated to be over a period of 1 yr, as pilots and projects are implemented using the I-PIXI infrastructure.
The General Council and the Technical Council will cover all aspects of strategic decision making and technical operations for the infrastructure. There will also exist Working Groups focused on delivering outcomes which are aligned with the broad strategy adopted by I-PIXI. Such Working Groups will focus on aspects such as Communications and Marketing, Node Operations and Operators, Ecosystem Development and Technical Operations.
The structure of the partnership – the formation of councils and working groups will be at the discretion of the VREV Foundation.