Self Sovereign Identity

Self Sovereign Identity

This breakout session is hosted by Antti Kettunen.

Room ALVAR in Kultuuritalo

This session focuses on first defining and detailing what is actually self-sovereign identity, why it is important and how we can advance the adoption of self-sovereign identities. There are multiple different approaches on how to provide self-sovereign identities. In the session we will hear presentations from leading experts on what it is and how they think it should be taken forwards. Finally we have a discussion on how the different perspectives come together and what should the community do in the future.


Identity as Driver Towards Interoperability // Eugeniu Rusu

The issues of data privacy and self sovereign identity are receiving a remarkable amount of attention these days. With a lot of brilliant minds and effort directed in these fields, we get the chance to reinvent how online identities will work. In this process we must be very careful to design systems and infrastructures that do not repeat the mistakes of previously established, centralized identity solutions. Identity and data must be portable, provider agnostic, and decoupled from the applications that use it. Once these conditions are satisfied, we have a great foundation for building a better internet, where users truly have the freedom to choose what services they want to use.

A Public, Global Network for Self-Sovereign Identity // Phillip Windley

The lack of global, privacy-preserving, trustable identifiers has led to significant security problems and lost opportunities. The Sovrin Network is a public, global identity utility built on a permissioned distributed ledger. Sovrin supports Distributed Identifiers (DIDs), DID Descriptor Objects (DDOs), public key discovery, verifiable claims, and consent receipts. Use cases for the Sovrin identity network include authentication, financial services, healthcare, education, and Internet of Things (among others). The code is open source. And since the network is public, anyone can use it.  This talk will describe why Sovrin is needed, what Sovrin is, and how Sovrin works.

// Mike Schwartz

All this self-sovereign identity stuff is very interesting, but what is the interface to applications? In other words, if I’m an application developer, how do I use it? And keep in mind—there is a huge diversity of applications: web, mobile, javascript, SaaS, custom, off-the-shelf. To get adoption, self-sovereign identity needs to play nice with existing identity standards. Can we use OAuth standards as a bridge to self-sovereign identity innovation?

The Impact of Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) // Drummond Reed

Self-sovereign identity begins with self-sovereign identifiers—a digital root of trust that no company or government can ever take away from you. This talk will not cover the technical details of DIDs (that will be covered in Technical Building Blocks of the Decentralized World, Tuesday 13:30-15:00), but will instead cover the practical implications of what it will mean for people to establish and manage their own digital identities and relationships that are independent of any service provider or social network.

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