Identosphere Weekly #11: More from MyData • SSI vs Santa • VCs make Forbes

VIdeos, clips, and presentations from MyData, TOIP Webinar Videos, 4 future scenarios for IAM in 2040, DHS Wallet UX finalists interviewed.

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News & Updates

Verifiable Credentials featured on Forbes

Berners-Lee recently suggested that the web needs a midcourse correction. Part of that change involves making systems accountable and making it easy for users to find where information comes from. Verifiable credentials promise major strides in that direction. 

Mattr Introduces OpenID Connect Credential Provider!

OIDC Credential Provider is “an extension to OpenID Connect which enables the end-user to request credentials from an OpenID Provider and manage their own credentials in a digital wallet.”


MMM...not sure where this is going but it feels like an interesting development

This presentation from Day 1 of 2020 FIDO from Team Dr. Who (consisting of a project manager, 2 developers, and a public healthcare specialist from the World Health Organization 9 (WHO). Their Proof of Concept introduces smart health insurance card services that link Distributed IDentity technology and FIDO Authentication. The team aims to solve the problem of existing physical cards, which are an inferior way of identifying someone’s actual identity.

Here is a link to the video presentation (in Korean) 

Trinsic Releases Studio 2.0

2.0 comes with a simplified pricing model based on credential exchange, that is credentials issued, and credentials verified. Subscription plans starting at Free: 50 Credential exchanges a month, Developer $18/month: 100 credential exchanges, and Production $112/month: 500 credential exchanges.

It also comes with a fresh clean UI, and improved performance.

we migrated the Studio from server-side rendering to client-side via WASM. [...] the end result is that pages load 2x faster.

Digital Identity Wallet UI Competition

Kathleen Kenyon & Anil John believe that blockchain-based identity wallets are designed for engineers, not users, and created the Digital Identity Wallet UI Design Competition to address that challenge. Hear from the finalists’: Jeff Stephens of Dignari, Josh Welty of Trinsic, along with Ken Ebert and Scott Harris of Indicio.

GlobalID: What we learned at IIW

GlobalID shares their takeaways, including enthusiasm about KERI, Chained Credentials, and Guardianship. 

One of the hottest topics at IIW 31 — in part because of how much it offers — was our new friend KERI, which stands for Key Event Receipt Infrastructure. 

GlobalID Introduces Trustees for Key Recovery

Trustees can be friends or family members from your contact list. Once selected, each Trustee is granted a shard of your private key. Restoring your lost Identity requires approval from the majority of your Trustees.

EPS for SSI (Self-Sovereign Identity)

In my earlier post, I failed to refer specifically to the people working for Self-Sovereign Identity and the likes of blockchain that support the distributed/decentralised storage of secrets. [...] you might all be interested to hear that the key function of Expanded Password System is to convert images to high-entropy codes that work as very long passwords and also as the seeds of symmetric/asymmetric cryptographic keys.


DIDComm mediator and router with mailbox features.

The TrustBloc hub-router is a working implementation of the Mediator Coordination and the Pickup protocols built using Hyperledger Aries Framework - Go.

@OlfertSarah of @esatusAG shares:

Four Future Scenarios about Identity & Access in 2040. We talk about Total Surveillance, Mega Corporations, Identity Chaos & Self-Sovereign Identity 2.0.

After a look into the past and present, we now fast-forward to the year 2040, where we meet Julia and accompany her through her everyday life. In four different IAM future scenarios, which can be viewed separately, we will understand how life under total surveillance feels for Julia. In times where identity chaos prevails, we can see what it means when Julia can no longer be sure about her digital identity, with only her physical identity being certain. In a world dominated by mega corporations Julia‘s experiences with her employer show us the far-reaching significance and influence such corporations have gained in relation to IAM. Finally, we experience how Julia is able to regain her informational self-determination thanks to her identity wallet - Self-Sovereign Identity 2.0.

Webinar: Trust over IP and Government

@trustoverip shares:

Recordings are now available for our webinar (Dec 15) - “Trust over IP and Government”

SSI vs Santa

Phil Wolff shares:

In 2021 Santa decentralizes his list, no longer relying on children’s Real Names in compliance with kid privacy laws. Self-sovereign identity lets kids ask Santa, confident their identities are authenticated (right toys to the right kid) & that he uses verified naughty/nice data.

Identity not SSI 


GADI presented at the Vienna Digital Identity Meetup (now virtual, very good, much recommend). The GADI architecture is a federated identity ecosystem where Digital Address Platforms (DAPs) issue unique individual identifiers controlled by the GADI ecosystem.  This is the fundamental difference in identity philosophy between GADI and SSI based systems.  The Digital Address is a lifetime connected identifier and under the control of the DAP. The video is here.

U.S. Treasury breached by hackers backed by a foreign government

@Cred_Master shares

“The hackers ... have been able to trick the Microsoft [Office 365] platform's authentication controls.”

#SSI #VerifiableCredentials

OASIS releases KMIP 2.1 

The Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) is a single, comprehensive protocol for communication between clients that request any of a wide range of encryption keys and servers that store and manage those keys. By replacing redundant, incompatible key management protocols, KMIP provides better data security while at the same time reducing expenditures on multiple products.

Exploring Facial Biometrics

This is a fantastic article by the DIACC (Digital Identity and Authentication Council of Canada) 

for the purposes of allowing a user to positively identify themselves from their own device, only face verification and face authentication are employed. Face verification creates trust, while face authentication maintains it. Both functions are covered in the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework™ that is intended to support a robust digital identity, trust ecosystem that will allow all Canadians to do more online, in a safer, more secure, and confident way.

Transformation in a Digital Age

Digital Caribou shares their thoughts on Digital Transformation and inclusion - very good thinking for all of us working on digital identity. 

We believe that the emphasis on transformation as both process and effects is particularly important, especially as although digitization and digitalization are well underway, accelerated by the response to COVID-19 (remote working, payments, etc.), these are not inevitable processes. They are the results of human decisions. Similarly, the effects of these are not inevitable, either.  

#linkeddata and crypto goodies

@BartHanssens shares

proofs:, cryptosuite:, #GnuPG: signatures

MyData 2020 Online good sessions continued…


Three questions, to try to understand how MyData may lead a way to create a safe, enjoyable and empowering digital world for children. 

  1. What is the main challenge(s) we face today regarding children’s rights in a digital world? 

  2. What would be the ideal digital experience (safe, enjoyable, feasible and viable) for children, parents & educators? 

  3. What needs to be done to enable that ideal experience?

#THEGLASSROOM - Misinformation Edition

The website above is a cool interactive webpage that was shared during the conference. A neat infographic called How your phone is designed to grab your attention is part of the interactive webpage. There’s also a video.

In this edition we explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. We include our animations:

  • Trackography: You Never Read Alone

  • Serious Profiling: Have you been profiled yet?

  • Personal Data: Political Persuasion, Inside the Influence Industry, Whats for sale?

  • Living with Algorithms: Why should you care about algorithms?

Clips from the conference

@mydataorg shared some video clips from the conference in a few tweet threads:

  • "20% of average family budget goes to mobility services. With better understanding through #MobilityData the costs and the CO2 impacts could be managed much easier,”@Paultheyskens #PersonalData is an important enabler of sustainable mobility in the future!

  • Better use of #mobilitydata could empower also citizens with special needs to move easier. “When data starts to flow, we can build tailored mobility applications,” says @Rafke from @info_vlaanderen

  • @BeyerMalte explains how to go from strategy to practice with the @EU_Commission's new #EUDataStrategy & #DataGovernanceAct and what is the role of trusted data intermediaries like #MyDataOperators.

  • To share or not to share your personal data. Benefits include free service, better service or moral satisfaction. But the risk is manipulation, Professor @MaxGrafenstein

  • There should be a way for our #data to gain value, be it in example monetary or ethical. So how valuable is “my data”? @nlaout answers the million(or billion)-dollar question

  • A traditional implementation of creating trust concerning data use is cookies. However, it’s a “hell of a user experience”.  Now we have the opportunity to build something completely different that really inspires and keeps trust! @arionair89.

Dr. Mawaki Chango on understanding the origins of identity

#Identity management is not a new problem. Mawaki Chango, PhD explains briefly it's interesting history starting from the Roman Catholic Church keeping records of their believers, leading all the way from passports to the current situation we are in with digital identity credentials! At the #MyDataOnline2020 conference. Read more of his work from

@esatusAG shares

Excellent session #SSI in action with @KudrixD, @Claudia94601743, and @doerkadrian at #MyDataonline2020 – here is a quick wrap-up of the discussions. We foresee lots of new SSI use cases becoming operative next year.

Data as competitive advantage & control mechanism in platform economy

Presenters: Sangeet Paul Choudary, Molly Schwartz Session host: Riikka Kämppi Molly Schwartz chats with Sangeet Paul Choudary - best-selling author of Platform Revolution and Platform Scale and founder of Platformation Labs - unpacks the ethics and economics of data.

MyData Strategy of Global Enterprises

Visionaries from around the world will present success stories and explain why it is important to align MyData’s human-centric principles in the data economy.


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