Jeff Hu and Ian Lin, Turing Certs: "the future will make us less attached to the physical world when almost all information is kept online"
The world is currently riding a crest of technology and digitization. Especially during the times of the pandemic, people and various institutions have completely switched to handling tasks online. As a result, high volumes of sensitive data enter cyberspace every day.
Unfortunately, threat actors are now more active than ever – targeting employees, students, and regular users to obtain valuable information. Even though we can employ at least basic protection measures to safeguard our devices from attacks, how can we protect our online identities from being exploited?
Today, we talked with Jeff Hu and Ian Lin, the CEO and the Head of Business Development at Turing Certs, about effective ways to verify and manage digital credentials.
How did Turing Certs originate? What were some of your major milestones?
The idea of Turing Certs originated during the time when I faced difficulties when graduating from UC Berkeley to gather all of my certificates. At that time, I wondered how blockchain could help improve handling certificates within various industries.
Currently, we operate in 9 countries and regions with more than 110 schools, institutions, and governments that joined our ecosystem. Also, we have launched the second version of our product with an ID-based (Google Login Supported) design with LinkedIn compatibility, which helps users to easily use our services.
Can you tell us more about the Turing Certs? What are its key features?
Turing Certs is a blockchain-empowered certificates system for issuers and a data management tool for receivers. Every certificate is uploaded into our timeline and connected on Linkedin directly. Most importantly, we value data privacy – users can decide whether they want to share the certificates with specific others or even set the time limit for viewing.
You state that “we are the total of our experiences” on your website. Would you like to share more about your vision?
We would like to establish a system where people can gather all the data in their lives. No matter what records they want to enclose, whether that would be real estate documents, medical records, or certificates – we're here to help.
It seems like the pandemic tested cybersecurity worldwide. What would you consider the most important takeaways?
The pandemic has restricted physical contact, so real-life meetings were shifted online. Unfortunately, sharing paper-based documents for those meetings is not only inefficient but also relatively unsafe. So we've noticed an increased demand for electronic delivery services.
However, the main question is how to authenticate the electronically delivered document when signature forgery and photoshop are so prominent nowadays.
Turing Certs received a request from the market about providing a feasible e-delivery system for transcripts, diplomas, certificates, and any other valuable documents. So, the pandemic has also opened up new opportunities for Turing Certs.
What are some of the most serious issues associated with paper certificates and diplomas?
The most serious parts are resource-consuming (includes time and cost). People need to consume lots of time, and we still cannot be sure that the data is verified. Moreover, even though we can get authentic certificates, we hardly keep them stored well. As the ESG and paper reduction concerns rise, we aim to create a paperless and carbonless life for every one of us.
Since the education sector is your main field of focus, how do you think this industry is going to evolve in the upcoming years?
As Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided by the United Nations become a doctrine for large-scale enterprises, many firms are required to consider a paperless environment. More importantly, the public system has also adopted digitalization. The authorities can now accept non-paper proof of evidence for many scenarios. The future day will make us less attached to the physical world when almost all the information about people is kept online.
In your opinion, what cybersecurity tools should everyone implement to stay safe online?
A safe and efficient identity management tool is a must. People require a tool that optimizes the user experiences of utilizing the identity without any sacrifice of privacy. That is where Turing Certs come into play – we issue, manage, and verify digital credentials in a secure and user-friendly way.
What are your predictions for blockchain technology for the next few years?
Our product, DID-oriented development, will help a lot in the next few years. We believe that the blockchain industry will keep evolving in DeFi, NFT, and SocialFi. These three crucial places highly rely on digital IDs which is what we are thriving in.
Share with us, what does the future hold for Turing Chain?
A Cross-border Universal Identity. Even though people are now born with a given nationality, the internet brings society together for the exchange of values and opinions. Since travel is much safer and more affordable, it's often discussed whether people can manage twenty to thirty identity cards and accounts without encountering issues.
Most of us have national ID cards, health cards, driving licenses, SSC, student cards, employment cards, and many others. They are all representing the same person from different angles and for different uses. Turing Certs’ job is to integrate every single one of them into a layer-2 identity wallet so that everyone would only need one ID in the future.