Social credit system or spark for global adoption? – Cointelegraph Magazine

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s Soulbound Token proposal for a robust identity and reputation system has stirred up the crypto community. 

Soulbound Tokens or SBTs are non-transferable, non-financialized tokens tied to a unique profile proving verifiable achievements and commitments. Still at the concept stage, it’s suggested SBTs will be capable of tracking memberships, credentials and affiliations with educational establishments, decentralized lenders and other entities.

Supporters say that SBTs could be the use case for the next bull market. But others have likened the concept to China’s social credit system and say it’s an “expensive solution to a problem that’s already been solved.”

So, which is it? Let’s take a deeper dive.



Soulbound Tokens: Not sure about the name but the concept is interesting.



Web3 should be more than financial assets

Last month, Vitalik Buterin and co-authors Glen Weyl and Puja Ohlhaver released a paper outlining their vision for Soulbound Tokens, which would enable individuals to accrue permanent non-tradeable records of merits and attributes and store them in a private blockchain wallet.

These would form an essential building block for a decentralized society, or DeSoc, which points away from the current hyper-financialized state of Web3 and depends on non-transferable social relationships of trust. The crypto world, the co-authors say, will move past simple transferable financialized assets.



#Soulbound might be the next biggest thing for #Blockchain applications. The concept of an #NFT that can identify unique individuals. Use cases are endless and can be the foundation of a decentralized society. The biggest next thing? Stay tuned!#Strader #STDR #Decentralized

— Straderlabs (@straderlabs) June 8, 2022



The non-transferable Soulbound Tokens represent credentials, commitments and affiliations and are linked to our “Souls.” To put it simply, they are tokenized representations of a whole host of possible traits, features and achievements that make up…


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