Civic adds verification platform to fight bots and scams

Identity and reputation company Web3 Civic continues its fight against bots, scams and carpet-pulling with the launch of a new tool, uniqueness checker, and a platform called Civic.me.

“Uniqueness verification is part of the suite of products we have for businesses, which is called Civic Pass,” said JP Bedoya, chief product officer at Civic. Decrypt at NFT Expoverse in Los Angeles.

“In a nutshell,” he added, of Civic Pass, “it is a token issued to a consumer’s wallet that is non-transferable and also not visible directly through an explorer, which then attests to some form of verification.”

According to Civic, Uniqueness Checking is a service designed to prevent bots from taking unfair advantage of NFT drops by limiting the number of wallets an account can use for the drop. Each user will only be able to use one wallet, in an effort to prevent bots from accumulating most of a drop.

Along with uniqueness verification, Civic has also rolled out Civic.me, a platform that allows users to manage their online identity, NFTs, wallet addresses and reputation from one place on the blockchain.

“This is where you can manage your ever-growing NFT collection and everything related to your Web3 identity, profile, and persona,” Bedoya said. Decrypt. “We realized that NFTs have become an important cornerstone of who you are on Web3.”

San Francisco-based Civic, which launched in 2015 as an open-source identity verification protocol on Ethereum, has made online identity its focus for Web3, offering enterprise and consumer solutions.

“I think when it comes to security and cybersecurity within Web3, there are several elements [to be considered] like access and hacking, and that just comes back to bugs and issues with code and smart contracts,” Bedoya added.

Bedoya went on to say that another element of cybersecurity in Web3 that is omitted from the conversation is learning and identifying who is behind a wallet.

“That’s where something like Civic Pass and a token issued for wallets can start to build that foundational piece, to build knowledge and build reputation,” he said.

Civic has spent many years building tools that prove a person’s “liveliness” and identity, but it’s been a bumpy road because proving someone’s liveliness doesn’t necessarily prevent them from committing a scam.

In December, Civic announced that it had “verified” the Big Daddy Ape Club through its Verified by Civic Pass program. At the time, the program required verifying: project Twitter account control, project domain control, and the identity of the project founder, including identity documents and a 3D face scan.

But the Big Daddy Ape Club always turned out to be a fake.

In January, scammers successfully pulled one of the largest NFT rug raffles in Solana blockchain history, winning 9,136 SOL (approximately $1.3 million at the time) sent in by potential collectors to hit what turned out to be non-existent Big Daddy Ape Club NFTs.

The company ended the Verified by Civic Pass program in February.

Still, Civic is confident that its mission to protect users from scams and bots through identity verification will succeed by making it a common requirement for users to be doxxed privately rather than publicly.

“If you think about what doxxing means, it doesn’t necessarily mean, ‘OK, look at me, this is who I am to the public,'” Bedoya said. “It can be, ‘This is who I am,’ but then selectively divulge parts of my identity.”

Bedoya says building a reputation around a wallet is not enough and requires some form of identity, such as biometrics, which can verify a person’s identity.

For Civic, Bedoya explains, this is done with a video selfie, which is then stored for private verification, adding that while Civic provides the tools, the company has put in place barriers so that Civic does not have access to the stored information. .

“We have built a unique decentralized storage system, where you as a user have the only encryption and decryption key to access any type of data stored there, such as any wallets you have linked “, he says. “It will be a cross-chain world, so you are going to have NFTs on Ethereum, Solana, Polygon, etc. From that perspective, we also think it’s important to bring all of these pieces together with privacy at the center.

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