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Recruiting participants for the Digital Credentials & Digital Trust Services Initiative Standards Council of Canada - Participation requested 5/25
[Virtual Option] London Event: MEF CONNECTS Personal Data & Identity 5/25 Identity Praxis, Inc. ←-Rebekah CEO of Numeracle presenting
REDeFiNE Tomorrow featuring: Wayne Chang, CEO & Co-founder, Spruce Systems 5/25-26
did:hack - decentralized identity hackathon for people to learn, collaborate, and build a project centered around decentralized identity. 6/5-8
Digital Identity unConference Europe 6/7-9 Zurich ← Registration open
[NYC] Velocity Network Foundation® 2023 General Assembly 6/19-20
DICE: bringing the IIW format to Europe IdentityWoman.net 6/7-9
I’m really excited about an event coming up in a few weeks. The Digital Identity unConference Europe – DICE. Heidi, the primary IIW producer and I one of the three IIW founders are working with Procivis, Digital Trust and DIDAS to put the event on. It is happening June 7th-9 in Zurich.
Digital Identity and Verifiable Credentials in Centralised, Decentralised and Hybrid Systems DDX Digital ID Working Group, 2022
Includes a Big Overview of government adoption of VCs for Digital ID Across the globe
The international scan identified that DIWG member countries have varying levels of adoption and employment of verifiable credentials with similar variance in levels of governance models. Most established systems are operating within existing governing structures, with those nations within the European Union soon to enjoy the benefits of the European Digital Identity Framework.
[Report, InternetNZ] DIGITAL IDENTITY IN AOTEAROA: Identity and Trust in an Increasingly Digital New Zealand DigitalIdentity.nz
This report gathers and shares people’s perspectives on digital identity in Aotearoa. While the focus is on business and technology perspectives, there is a clear message about the crucial role of building trust to enable beneficial innovation. People who have doubts about a system will not trust it, and will not use it.
[KYC] Breaking Down Decentralized Identity and Know your Customer Entrust - by decentralizing the KYC process, we can create a more secure, transparent, and efficient online ecosystem
[Podcast] Micro-credentials in a Minute Episode 15: What Makes Verifiable Credentials so Powerful? Microcredentials Universe - while digital certificates or credentials are easy to forge and alter, VCs provide a means for anyone to quickly verify the accuracy of the data presented without compromising security and privacy.
Streaming Trust Phil Windley
Federated identity stores are like music CDs: large troves of data to be consumed from a single source. Self-sovereign identity is like streaming: share just what you want, just when it's needed.
What is “digital identity” ? SSI Embassador
[Explainer] DID - Putting Control Back Into The Hands of Users Avant Blockchain Capital
The workflow would look something like this;
● The DID subject decides to create a DID to be shared with others this would contain the document itself;
● A timestamp is created;
● Metadata related to delegation and authorization;
● Cryptographic proof of the validity with public keys;
● List of services where the DID could be used;
● A JSON-LD signature to verify the integrity of the document (Off chain attestations – JSON Files or On chain attestations held in smart contracts)
The Verifiable Credentials Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of BBS Cryptosuite v2023. This specification describes the BBS+ Signature Suite created in 2023 for the Data Integrity specification. The Signature Suite utilizes BBS+ signatures to provide the capability of zero knowledge proof disclosures.
Including: “Identity Wallets, Self-sovereign identity and decentralized identity projects”
This curated list contains 110 awesome open-source projects with a total of 560K stars grouped into 9 categories. All projects are ranked by a project-quality score, which is calculated based on various metrics automatically collected from GitHub and different package managers.
[Real World] Decentralized Identity in the Real World TBD
LinkedIn recently announced a new free verified badge feature that will be used to prove the validity of your employment, education, and other achievements.
[video] Use Cases for Decentralised Credentials: Status Quo and Future Applications of Credentials DiscoXYZ CEO Evan McMullen on New Forum
Credentials vs SBT, NFT's, data primitives, public immutibility & transferability, Proof of Humanity on ETH, Contribution tracking, Social Capital, Value Identity, User experience and web-based reputation
Kaliya blogs at IdentityWoman.net
including open standards for digital identity, the benefits and drawbacks of using standards for digital identity, the confluence between web3 and decentralized identity, and many more.
My Government Funded Research / Reports IdentityWoman
Gaps in Government Funded Identity Research [...] The stories are categorized according to Stakeholder Needs and placement in the Digital Identity Model. The results were compared against the funded portfolio projects to identify gaps in the funded portfolio
regarding decentralized identity, the level of adoption among companies and customers, and the factors that will ultimately lead to ecosystem acceptance.
IAt IIW, Chance McGee brought a unique look at humor, visual representation and storytelling to the SSI space:
KuppingerCole EIC Highlights
[Video] Judith Fleenor - Decentralized Identity - Why is it all the Rage? Judith Fleenor, KuppingerCole
[Video] Verifiable Credentials for the Modern Identity Practitioner Vittorio Bertocci, Kuppinger Cole
[Linkedin, Entra Verified ID] Microsoft Putting Decentralized Identities Into Practice Kuppinger Cole
It builds on standards for interoperability.
It is supported by a growing partner ecosystem.
It neatly integrates with Microsoft Entra (including Azure Active Directory), LinkedIn, etc., and can be integrated with further solutions.
It provides concrete value to the users.
It helps in creating a critical mass of users.
Microsoft Entra – Digital Identity for a Multi-Cloud World DigitialID Service
A flagship example of the service in action is how it enables verification of organizations on Linkedin, with members able to display this verification on their profile. With a few taps on their phone, members can get their digital employee ID from their organization and choose to share it on LinkedIn.
This will allow users to own and control a unique name associated with their digital identity through an independent third-party namespace rather than one managed by GlobaliD.
The Universal Namespace allows users to create names for themselves that transcend the individual platforms where accounts are held. The same name can be used across platforms, simplifying the process of identifying accounts, while still allowing users to use multiple names if they want to hide their cross-platform presence from others.
This technology is a game-changer for organisations, which deal with sensitive information and want to secure their customer relationship. In this article, we will focus on the Lissi Agent, which organisations use to interact with ID-Wallets such as the Lissi Wallet.
[Disco] dApp Dive: Disco & Decentralized Identity Zerion
Think of your Disco account as your “data backpack” with all your identifiers. You can connect your Ethereum address, your Twitter, Discord, and more.
It is therefore crucial for everyone to understand its basics. In the same way as we all learn about the basics of government, biology and history at school as subjects of universal relevance, so it is becoming more and more urgent for more and more people – citizens, consumers, professionals and individuals generally – to learn about the data economy.
DIF is delighted to announce the appointment of Andor Kesselman as Technical Steering Committee Chair. Andor is the co-founder and CTO of Benri, a company that specializes in equipping developers with tools and infrastructure for onboarding onto the decentralized web.
We’re extremely excited to announce the formation of the new DIF Korea Special Interest Group (SIG). Post by thechair of this new group Park Kyoung-Chul.
What most people understand as “social media” is actually the closed social web (CSW). We have an opportunity to begin an era of the open social web (OSW) - if we move fast enough.
BlueSky FAQ BlueSky
This is a user guide that answers some common questions.
For general questions about the Bluesky company, please visit our FAQ here. If you’re interested in learning more about the protocol Bluesky is built on (the AT Protocol), please refer to our protocol documentation or our protocol FAQ.
Paul Frazee, Bluesky's product developer and protocol engineer, said, "I want to give everybody a shout-out for how incredibly you've already engaged on the app codebase. You've all been extremely kind and helpful. You've honored my requests about the kinds of contributions. And, there have already been multiple awesome PRs merged. yall. rule."
The full Web5 platform is expected to launch later in 2023, but with this initial release, developers can start building decentralized applications on TBD’s developer platform.
Web5 brings decentralized identity and data storage to your applications. It lets devs focus on creating delightful user experiences, while returning ownership of data and identity to individuals.
Last week, Verida launched a new integration for the Verida Wallet, the first mobile crypto wallet supporting zero knowledge credentials issued through Polygon ID.
EDPB adopts final version of Guidelines on facial recognition technology in the area of law enforcement EDPB Europa.eu
Among others, the guidelines stress that facial recognition tools should only be used in strict compliance with the Law Enforcement Directive (LED). Moreover, such tools should only be used if necessary and proportionate, as laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The FTC vote followed a second enforcement action taken under the HBNR against the makers of Premom on May 17 to resolve a host of privacy allegations, including that the fertility app and its parent company, Easy Healthcare, deceived users by sharing their personal and health data with third parties.
How Google is improving Search with Generative AI Google - taking more of the work out of searching, so you’ll be able to understand a topic faster, uncover new viewpoints and insights, and get things done more easily.
TikTok creators use AI to rewrite history: A viral trend imagines alternate timelines in which Western imperial nations never came to power.