A couple of days ago we posted about Jeju Safety Code, the Zzeung-powered electronic entry log/contract tracing solution that is making the South Korean resort island of Jeju a safer place.

ICONLOOP was kind enough to send us some numbers to put a statistical face on the app.

As of June 30, 50,605 shops were using Jeju Safety Code, while no fewer than 1,013,429 users had downloaded the app. This makes Jeju Safety Code the dominant contact tracing solution on the island, which is also an autonomous province.

In early June, the Jeju provincial government named Jeju Safety Code one of the top three examples of improving civil affairs in 2021.

Sadly, Jeju Safety Code won’t make you any safer from Nomura’s jellyfish, venomous Blue-ringed octopuses or sharks, so if you go to the beach in Jeju, take care. Blue-ringed octopus fun fact:

They are one of the world’s most venomous marine animals… The blue-ringed octopus, despite its small size, carries enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes. Their bites are tiny and often painless, with many victims not realizing they have been envenomated until respiratory depression and paralysis begins. No blue-ringed octopus antivenom is available.”


Yes, MyID Is Still Alive. Very.

Judging from social media, it appears some members of the ICON community are wondering if the MyID project is still alive.

The answer is a resounding yes, and it’s continuing to gain more and more traction.

In fact, Zzeung — the platform upon which Jeju Safety Code depends — is based on MyID. Zzeung was also the first DID solution to be commercially adopted by a Korean financial institution when Shinhan Bank implemented it to issue KYC compliance certificates in August of last year.

Meanwhile, Seoul Metropolitan Government uses Zzeung to issue citizen journalist certificates.

Life insurance company OrangeLife began using MyID for its electronic entry log in April. In May, ICONLOOP announced the launch of the MyID Wallet Partner initiative to really begin expanding the MyID ecosystem. And in January, MyID’s sandbox exemptions as an innovative financial service were extended for two more years — until Dec. 31, 2022.

In short, the MyID Alliance is still very much one of Korea’s big four DID initiatives.