Decentralized Identity

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2019 TIME: 12:00-13:00 LOCATION: CHIEMSEE

Why Governments are Still Important Even in a Self-Sovereign Context

It’s always been true that identity is more to do with what other people say about you than what you say about yourself. Placing the user in control of their online identity means that we need the ability to reference authoritative sources of data related to those individuals. If we are to build that user centric and much needed version of Digital Identity then Self-sovereign identity, and its more modest Self-managed form, will need the support of Governments and population scale organisations to provide “trust” that relying parties can understand and consume. Governments will play a vital role in this model as they either hold or facilitate the major sources of “trust” that we use in everyday life. This presentation will explore the building blocks we need to move forward and how standards will play a part in ensuring global frameworks that the public and private sector can rely upon.

Key takeaways:

  • An overview of a new model for governments in the context of self-sovereign identity
  • Highlighting the need for government data and why they are not going away just yet 
  • What we mean by "trust" and how we need to appreciate the needs of relying parties as well as users

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Adam Cooper is an identity standards expert, policy lead, and enterprise architect with over 25 years of experience in IT and digital disciplines. Adam is currently Chief Architect for ID2020 and a technical consultant to the World Bank ID4D programme, as well as acting in an advisory...


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European Identity & Cloud Conference 2019

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  • May 14 - 17, 2019 Munich, Germany