It’s the end of the beginning of self-sovereign identity

Written by Heather Vescent

In 2015, blockchain was trying to solve everything. It was at this point, at the Internet Identity Workshop, I first heard blockchain uttered in the same sentence as digital identity. At that time, I was not a fan of using blockchain with digital identity.

Over the past five years, I’ve come to understand the power of a new digital identity paradigm — a technology layer, based on standards, where individuals, and legal entities collect their digital identities and credentials (including ones they asserted themselves), and securely and privately share them with businesses, governments, websites and anyone else. We call this “Self-Sovereign Identity” or SSI for short. And we’ve recently reached the end of the beginning phase of this revolutionary new technology. What can we expect in the next phase of technology development?

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