Identosphere 166: YAML-LD CG Report • DID:WEBS @ TOIP • Threats to blockchain based SSI • Know your Employee
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[Tokyo, Japan] Registration Open for OpenID Foundation Hybrid Workshop 01/18
[Brussels] EU Policy Devroom at FOSDEM 02/04 - a series of themed workshops where legislators -- such as the authors of the CRA and the PLD -- can meet experienced open source practitioners -- that's you!
[EU] DIGITAL HORIZONS 360 Sponsorship Invitation. Hospitality Technology Innovation 02/20-21 Spain
Annual Privacy Forum 2024 Submissions due 04/15
The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University fellowship 2024-2025 Harvard.edu
issues of interest in the coming year include (but are not limited to) fairness and justice; democracy; authoritarianism and extremism; Web3 and decentralization; trust; global Internet governance; data governance; youth, media, and child protection; sociotechnical systems for learning and connecting; human rights; equity, agency, inclusion, and diversity; digital identity; artificial intelligence; quantum computing; the metaverse; generative AI and its implications for labor, regulatory regimens, and ethics; and digital economies.
Fellows will be expected to produce at least one public output that impacts and informs the scholarly and public debates in the arenas in which they work.
[California; with Video] Top 5 Takeaways from Getting Started with Digital ID: A Look Inside California’s Mobile Driver’s License Program 2023-12-21 SpruceID
At the start of this discussion, Ajay touched on how people expect a digital experience when interacting with any establishment in today's increasingly digital world. This expectation has been accelerated drastically by the pandemic when businesses were required to offer services online
[EU] What Is EU’s eIDAS Regulation? 2023-12-27 Identity.com
Before eIDAS, the EU’s digital landscape was quite fragmented. Each country had its own rules for online identification and digital trust services, making it hard for individuals and businesses to work smoothly across borders. There were no uniform rules for electronic signatures, and people generally didn’t trust digital processes.
[EU] Exploring the European Digital Identity (EUDI) Pilot Schemes 2023-12-19 Ubisecure
The pilots can be broadly divided into three categories: User Authentication, e-Signing, and Website Authentication or Qualified Web Authentication Certificates (QWACs). As the last category is outside European control and looking increasingly unimplementable, I will focus initially on the User Authentication and E-Signing.
People, Parts, Provenance 2023-12-02 David G.W. Birch
How can fake companies, fake officers and fake parts exisit in a world in which digital signatures, verified credentials and tamper-resistant hardware exist?
KYE: Know Your Employees 2023-10-25 David G.W. Birch
[Canada] Rebuilding Trust in the Digital Age: The Emergence of a Trust Layer 2023-12-19 Continuumloop
Picture a digital landscape where trust reigns supreme, where every online interaction is as secure as a handshake in the physical world. It’s not just a vision; it’s the focus of our latest report, created in collaboration with the Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA).
CAI Symposium 2023: momentum for a trustworthy and transparent digital ecosystem Content Authenticity Initiative
Scaling the chain of trust. Speakers from Adobe, the Partnership on AI, and WITNESS alluded to the importance of scaling trust and transparency solutions from the ground up, starting with frontier models, research, and development stages to the end-user experience.
YAML-LD Final Community Group Report 2023-12-06
This document defines YAML-LD, a set of conventions built on top of YAML, which outlines how to serialize Linked Data as YAML based on JSON-LD syntax, semantics, and APIs. The emergence of YAML as a more concise format for representing information previously serialized as JSON, including Linked Data, has led to the development of YAML-LD.
Annoucing Public Review of the DID:WEBS Method 2023-12-15 TrustOverIP
In short, a did:webs DID is a valid did:web DID that has special cryptographic properties Thankfully, those properties solve both of the key challenges with the did:web method
2023 was an exciting year full of opportunities and growth. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2024 as we continue on with our mission to let users control their identity and personal data across the web in a way that facilitates trusted interactions. Here’s to a fresh new year!
[Adoption] VCs Issued at the World Memory Championship, organized by Brain Infinite and approved by the International Association of Memory. 2023-12 Ayanworks
As the official Blockchain-based Digital Credential Partner, we upheld our commitment by issuing over 1056 blockchain-based digitally verifiable certificates to both winners and participants through our #CREDEBL platform, ensuring a secure, privacy-preserving and user-centric experience. For the first time, certain sports championships at the international level have embraced the future with the issuance of blockchain-based verifiable certificates.
[tweet] a proof-of-concept verifiable credentials protocol that doesn't expose holders' personal info 2023-12-07
first version of our MVP about Noir W3C VCs
Getting started with verifiable credentials 2023-12-20 DHIWay
MARK Studio from Dhiway is a credential lifecycle management platform which empowers issuers to design, issue and manage verifiable documents as blockchain-anchored credentials. Including the blockchain as a system of record leads to immutable records, and thus these are tamper-evident. With MARK Studio, anyone can create certificates online and quickly issue them through well-thought-out steps.
[Video] Introducing walt.id identity 2023-12-21 Walt.ID
A combination of Multi-Platform libraries, powerful APIs and easy-to-use white label apps to build identity and wallet solutions.
Indicio Proven’s New Hosted Mediator Service Makes Scaling Your Solutions Faster, Simpler 2023-12-19 Indicio
With a hosted mediator in Indicio Proven®, customers can choose to let Indicio run the Post Office, which makes deploying a verifiable data solution faster, scaling it easier, and managing it simpler.
[video] Indicio Proven’s New Hosted Mediator Service with Sam Curren 2023-12-21 Identity Insights
The mediator ensures reliable message delivery in the decom protocol, supporting V1 and V2. It prioritizes secure communication, especially for verifiable credentials. The service is professionally managed, scalable, and suitable for large-scale deployments.
Self-Sovereign Identity: Realising the journey from innovation to market 2023-12-09 Alberto Crespo, Atos
Addressing the interests of a broad audience, including cybersecurity experts, IAM leaders, technology adopters, and future end-users, we delve into SSI in considerable depth as one of the latest and most robust trends in Digital Identity Management, covering:
The main cybersecurity challenges and motivation for SSI
SSI features and benefits
EU initiatives and market impact of SSI
Conclusion: Key research and innovation (R&I) projects with a focus on SSI
[Video Summary] The Future of Digital Identity: MITRE Expert Conversation 2023-12-05 Digital Dollar Project via Eightify
TLDR Digital identity is crucial for financial transactions and requires inclusive, secure, and scalable technologies to establish trust and ensure non-repudiation of asset transfers.
Digital Credentials Verification Methods: Ensuring Trust In A Digital World 2023-12-19 Diplomade
Funny classification, but checks out
Here are six methods of verification and validation of digital credentials;
Digital Signature Verification
Verifiable Credentials Data Model
Decentralized Identity Verification
The Imperative Shift: Why Businesses Should Prioritize Verifiable Credentials 2023-12-19 Chaintech Network
So here it is, plain and simple. Verifiable credentials are not merely a passing fad; they’re a fulcrum for digital security, trust, and compliance in the business world. They’re like a golden ticket in the chocolate bar of the hyper-digital age. No embellishments — just a stark reality and an inevitable shift.
The Era of Self-Sovereign Identity 2023-12-01 Chakray
Verifiable Credentials (VC) are an open standard for digital credentials. They represent the electronic equivalent of the physical credentials that we all have, such as a driver’s license, ID card, passport, etc. One of the great advantages of these verifiable credentials over physical credentials is that they are much more reliable and secure.
2023 in review: setting the stage, aiming for impact 2023-12-21 MyData
Several regulatory frameworks broke new ground, including the adoption of Brazil’s General Data Empowerment Law, a proliferation of data protection legislation in US states, the
consolidationof the UK’s national data protection framework including regulations for data holders, and the deadline for EU member states to implement the Data Governance Act
The road ahead for MyData Global 2023-12-19 MyData
Approving the new strategic plan for 2024-2026 sets the stage for continued growth and impact. This strategy remains deeply rooted in our core mission: empowering individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. It revolves around four key pillars – Operations, Community, Policy, and Markets – that will steer our strategic initiatives to come.
Wallets, data safes and key safes share the same goal: to give the individual user more control over their personal data. However, these solutions provide different implementations of this goal in practice. To better understand whether these solutions compete or complement each other, it is important to understand how they work.
Kirchhoff-Law Johnson Noise Meets Web 3.0: A Statistical Physical Method of Random Key Generation for Decentralized Identity Protocols Christiana Chamon, Kamalesh Mohanasundar, Sarah A. Flanery, Francis K. Quek, Texas A&M University
This paper presents a statistical physical generation of random keys for a decentralized identity ecosystem that uses Web 3.0 protocols. Web 3.0 is driven by secure keys, typically represented in hexadecimal, that are pseudo-randomly generated by an initialization vector and complex computational algorithms. We demonstrate that the statistical physical Kirchhoff-law-Johnsonnoise (KLJN) scheme eliminates the additional computational power by naturally generating truly random binary keys to drive the creation of decentralized identifiers (DIDs) that are appended to an Ethereum blockchain.
Web 3.0 and a Decentralized Approach to Education Sarah A. Flanery, Kamalesh Mohanasundar, Christiana Chamon, Srujan D. Kotikela, Francis K. Quek, Texas A&M University
The centralized nature of education inadvertently places students in underprivileged communities at a disadvantage in comparison to students in economically advantaged communities, thus a decentralized approach to education would eliminate the vast majority of such discrepancies. In the present paper, we integrate Decentralized Identity (DID) with Web 3.0 to upload credentials linked directly to the user. Each credential is appended to an Ethereum blockchain that, by design, cannot be altered once uploaded. We include DID document based access controls to display the candidate’s upload and verification history
Analyzing the Threats to Blockchain-Based Self-Sovereign Identities by Conducting a Literature Survey 2024-01 Daniela Pöhn, Michael Grabatin, Wolfgang Hommel
With the new eIDAS regulation, elements of SSI, such as the wallet, are being pushed onto the market. However, since the model is relatively new, the security threats are still not fully known. This is shown by a brief security analysis of selected existing SSI wallets. In order to get a picture of the known threats, we systematically analyze and categorize related work in the field of SSI and elements applied by SSI. We then evaluate their application to current SSI systems and identify future work.
Verida and inDAO Team Up to Help Uzbekistan Adopt Web3 Tech 2023-12-15 CryptoNews
“The Verida technology enables us to rapidly test and deploy these exciting new business models in Uzbekistan,” said Aziz Kamilov, co-founder of inDAO. “The Verida wallet provides a perfect interface for citizens to interact with this new world, while the Verida storage network ensures user data is protected in line with local regulatory requirements.”
This repository contains an implementation for a Decentralized Web Node such as defined by the Decentralized Identity Fundation.
Untangling Threads 2023-12-21 Erin Kissane
What I cannot make sense of is the belief that any particular implementation of open networking is such an obvious, uncomplicated, and overwhelming good that it’s sensible and good to completely set aside the horrors in Meta’s past and present to celebrate exciting internet milestones.
Big Fedi, Small Fedi 2023-12-26 Evan Prodromou
Each perspective has distinct beliefs on issues such as secondary services, account server size, and the role of existing institutions. The debate involves considerations of size, safety, commercial involvement, and the desired direction for the evolving fediverse.
Flipboard is pivoting to ActivityPub and the fediverse 2023-12-18 TheVerge
Flipboard is taking its biggest step yet into the fediverse. The company announced on Monday that it is beginning to switch its user accounts to ActivityPub, which means that everyone curating stuff on Flipboard is now doing so in a way that apps like Mastodon can see and interact with.