Identosphere #39 • Special Topic 1/2 day IIWs - UX & Biz • Frank McCourt's $100m Project Liberty • SITA's 18mo plan

Upcoming events, use-cases, high-level overviews, thought leadership, job opportunities, standards talk, company and organizational updates surrounding the quest deploy decentralized identity for all

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Special Topic IIWs 

1/2 Day Virtual Events – UX July 22nd and Business Aug 4th

I’m super excited to announce that we have two different special topic IIWs coming up. If you interest or practice focuses on either of these we invite you to join us!!!

User-Experience and SSI is coming up Thursday July 22nd.

The Business of SSI is coming up Thursday August 4th.

More Upcoming

Hiring

Women In Identity – new role of Executive Director

Reporting to the Board Chair, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Women in Identity’s staff, programs, expansion, infrastructure, budget as well as the execution of its mission.  

High Level \ Thoughtful 

Decentralized identity explained MSFT

Your User is Your API Evernym

The customer becomes the integration point. The customer is the API. Rather than having one huge, expensive, and probably illegal data hub, every customer becomes a data hub in their own right. They provide the data needed, just-in-time, under their control.

Changing the Game with Self-Sovereign Identity

The EBC team had an insightful conversation with Ivan Basart, CTO at Validated ID, on how Self-Sovereign Identity technology is the ultimate solution to identity problems on the web.

Decentralized identity can bring the analog world into the digital one Cointelegraph

DID does not require analog objects to become digitized, and it does not need expensive sensors or hi-tech tags to work correctly. Instead, it offers an affordable, reliable and versatile way to take offline items out of the digital blindspot. 

Building an SSI Ecosystem: Health Passes and the Design of an Ecosystem of Ecosystems Windley

This post explores the ecosystem of ecosystems that is emerging as hundreds of organizations around the world rise to the challenge of implementing a globally interoperable system that also respects individual choice and privacy.

Blockchain, The Missing Piece In Self-Sovereign Digital Identity Modex Tech

long but good overview article. 

Modex, one of the earliest players in the blockchain market, has utilized its trademark Blockchain Database (BCDB) solution to develop PatientDataChain, a working proof of concept that utilizes the unique characteristics of blockchain to create a patient-centric ecosystem that gives patients control and ownership of their medical records and identity.

Everything old is new again

Stratechery launches Passport

Seven years ago, when I initially launched the paid Daily Update, there weren’t really any tools designed for independent subscription businesses; my solution has incorporated a number of disparate services tied together, and while new companies have been formed around both paid newsletters and paid podcasts, no one has created a service for a site like Stratechery. So I decided to build it. It’s called Passport.

Technical

Rendering credentials in a human-friendly way Mattr

For example, this update formats address fields to make them more readable; formats names and proper nouns where possible; makes URLs, telephone numbers and email addresses clickable; highlights images and icons for better trust and brand signaling; and creates basic rules for language localization that adjust to a user’s device settings.

How to Handle JWTs in Python Auth0

JSON Web Tokens, or JWTs for short, are all over the web. They can be used to track bits of information about a user in a very compact way and can be used in APIs for authorization purposes. This post will cover what JSON Web Tokens are and how to create JWTs in Python using the most popular JWT library: PyJWT. We are also going to see how you can sign and verify JWTs in Python using asymmetric algorithms.

Organization News

Hyperledger Forum Recap – Identity Proofing, and Passwordless User-friendly Digital Identity

The event focused on enterprise use of blockchain technologies using the 15 projects that fall under the Hyperledger “greenhouse”. Keynotes and speakers shared their insights on the current state of enterprise blockchain adoption across several hot topics including central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), non fungible tokens (NFTs), and most importantly– identity.

AfroLeadership NGO to join the Board of aNewGovernance AISBL NewGovernance

As the Data Strategy and the Data Spaces are being put in place in Europe, as the new US Administration is questioning the operating practices of global platforms, it is critical our approach over Personal Data Sharing is Global. 

OASIS has a Foundation as a Service offering

Foundations receive the financial and legal services they need to operate successfully. We’ll set up your bank accounts, file your taxes, collect your dues and pay your bills. 

Omidyar Network on Identity for All

Reimagining digital public infrastructure is no longer just a development agenda

conversations about digital identity innovation were mostly treated as a developing country issue, with ardent advocates in the West unwilling to acknowledge that digital identity could add value to developed economies. Now, as the world emerges from the pandemic, attitudes seem to have taken a 180-degree turn.

Request for Comment and IPR Review: PCTF Assurance Maturity Model Draft Recommendation V1.0 DIACC

It is essential that Participants in a digital ecosystem have a way to evaluate the robustness and trustworthiness of transactions within that ecosystem. In order to do so, Participants must share a common vocabulary that describes the level of confidence they can associate with an Entity or transaction, as well as a common way in which to determine that level of confidence.

COVID 

SITA Publishes 18-Month Plan for Digital Transformation in Air Travel

This paper explores the five key challenges facing the industry and the IT investment priorities that have the greatest potential to support governments, airports, and airlines over the next 18 months to rebuild a strong and agile business.

Innovation in Digital Identity and Credentials in the Post-Covid World Affinidi

Though we often get lost in technologies, frameworks, legislation, and economic models, it’s ultimately the human aspect that will define the future of the digital identity industry. Bearing this in mind can determine the heights we scale and how quickly we can get there.

Twitter thread of the week.

Decentralized Identity isn't a hypothetical need @csuwildcat

Literal Identity updates 

Hello, I'm Chris Lemmer-Webber, and I'm nonbinary trans-femme

At any rate, I've spent much of my life not being able to stand myself for how I look and feel. For most of my life, I have not been able to look at myself in a mirror for more than a second or two due to the revulsion I felt at the person I saw staring back at me. The last few weeks have been a shift change for me in that regard... it's a very new experience to feel so happy with myself.

Company Updates

Real Estate Mogul to Spend $100M on Decentralized Social Networking Protocol Project Liberty

“We live under constant surveillance, and what’s happening with this massive accumulation of wealth and power in the hands of a few, that’s incredibly destabilizing,” said McCourt. “It threatens capitalism because capitalism needs to have some form of fairness in it in order to survive.”

Remote onboarding to drive digital identity verification spend

There has been a flurry of activity across the broader identity verification and management space of late, with Okta completing its $6.5 billion Auth0 acquisition; Mastercard shelling out $850 million for Ekata; and Jumio, Persona, and Trulioo raising around $600 million between them.

Verim is launching a self-sovereign identity network on Cosmos this year

verim’s initial product suite can be broken down into three parts.

- A decentralised network for secure and private trusted data exchange

- Token-based payment rails for digital identity interactions

- Easy-to-use software kits for external app developers to integrate into their own products

(besides Bitcoin, infominer is a Cosmos maximalist)

Survey 

Add your voice to the first Data Sovereignty Monitor Mecco

Meaningful control, ownership, and other claims to data articulated by a variety of agents ranging from individuals to countries. Data sovereignty alludes to a nuanced mixture of normative concepts such as inclusive deliberation and recognition of the fundamental rights of data subjects.

Creepy (lack of) Privacy News

Dark Web Price Index 2021

Where does all of this leaked information end up? For sale on the Dark Web of course. We investigated how the Dark Web market has changed since our previously reported Dark Web Price Index 2020, so you can understand what your personal information is worth and why you should protect it.

Use Cases

Electronic signatures for hospitality ValidatedID

Just as easy as the clients checked in before, new technologies such as electronic signatures enable more secure scenarios, like declaring on a digital form your details, passport, and vaccination credentials and sign them, when arriving to the hotel.

Webinar: Leveraging Digital ID to Combat Fraud Economy With Sift, Lord Chris Holmes and David Birch

Trust and Safety Architect Kevin Lee alongside Lord Chris Holmes and David Birch, as they discussed the drive towards digital identification and its suggested improvements to the growing fraud economy.

Identiverse

Takeaways from Identiverse 2021: Covid thoughts, FIDO and more

First, I want to address the elephant in the room. Identiverse was an in-person conference, the first major technology conference that I’ve heard of since the pandemic started. I was a bit spooked when I thought about attending. I reviewed their Covid-19 FAQ page carefully and was impressed by how they were planning to make sure attendees were safe.

Identiverse Recap: Strategizing for the Future of Identity SecureID

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