What really struck me about several conferences that I have attended recently was the increased number of speakers and questions on the subject of self-sovereign identity (SSI). Adoption and interest is increasing at pace, and new SSI initiatives like the Alberta Credential Ecosystem and LISSI are springing up around the world. Since we launched Sovrin...Read More
Today, World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee published the “Contract For The Web” – a set of guiding principles for governments, companies, and citizens designed to ‘fix the Internet.’ It states: The contract combines three broad components – business, legal, and technical. It is essentially a high-level governance framework that underlines good behaviors and recommends...Read More
Today’s digital identity is idiotic. Compared to physical paper documents or credentials, our digital identities are forgettable, restrictive, and borderline useless. For all intents and purposes, when we go online “we the people” become meaningless identifiers, assigned for someone else’s convenience. With today’s digital identity, your data is locked in some organisation’s silo. All you...Read More
We all know that identity matters. We hear about cybersecurity breaches, GDPR, refugees, deep fakes, and election fraud. Each headline highlights a new way that identity impacts us. Yet we may be accepting naive assertions about what identity actually means. Some equate identity with authentication. Others map it to accounts and credentials. Still others think...Read More
How self-sovereign identity (SSI) is different, and why it’s better. As a relative “noob” in the identity world — five years and counting — it may seem presumptuous for me to distill all the types of digital identity relationships into just three models. But it needs doing. Why? Because there’s a new kid on the identity block — “self-sovereign” identity (SSI) — that...Read More
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