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Decentralized Identity & User Experience

Decentralized Identity & User Experience

Combined Session
Friday, June 07, 2024 13:30—14:30

What's the Right Balance Between Decentralization and User Experience?

Self sovereign identity has been the ideological framework for decentralized identity solutions. Based on the principles of data ownership, control and consent sharing, this framework has produced highly decentralized, privacy preserving solutions that place a lot of responsibility on the user.
After 4 years developing on of the most decentralized and privacy preserving decentralized identity solutions (Polygon ID) and testing the product in the Web3 space, we can share our learnings and analyze how they align with other solutions in the market that have taken similar approaches.
We will compare different approaches to decentralization, the role of the wallet, the concept of consent and the incentives for credential issuers and verifiers.

Sebastian Rodriguez
VP of Product
Polygon Labs
I am a tech professional with a diverse background spanning various sectors and company types. My journey has taken me from the agile world of startups, where rapid innovation is the norm, to the...
The Data Sharing Ecosystems and Trust without EUDIW

eIDAS version 2 has set in motion and energized identity professionals to think about and work on sharing attributes related to identity data. eIDAS version 2 provides a possible framework and set of technologies to do so. However, that framework does not match with a lot of technical and business practices already in use. In Belgium an ecosystem is forming to perform data sharing in a way which is adapted to the needs of the different existing stakeholders: data subjects, sources, attribute attestation service providers, vaults, IdP and relying parties. It reuses a lot of existing initiatives and infrastructure for a low threshold implementation with the high trust level of the existing initiatives. Nevertheless, it allows to implement important features like privacy, selective disclosure, etc.
During this presentation, we will see how this alternative ecosystem works, how it ensures trust and ease of use for the different stakeholders (including data subjects) and why it will lead to a low threshold for adoption.

Wim Coulier
eIDAS expert
Belgian Mobile ID
Wim is involved for more than 20 years in trust services and electronic signature projects. Wim started in this area at a Certificate Authority creating at measure solutions for customers up to the...
Identity is Already Decentralised. We Need Better Ways to Prove it

For decentralised identity to reach its full potential we need high levels of trust and high levels of inclusion.
As a community we have developed some great standards and practices for identity verification, but they mostly rely on having strong documentation issued by a government if you want to gain the higher levels of trust.
The reality is not everyone has strong documentation and not everyone has access to digital technology to verify that documentation remotely. For example, in the UK around 11 million people have neither a passport nor a driving licence, the 2 primary documents used for identity verification. In many countries this number is far higher.
And, while we drive forward with more and more technological means of proving who we are online, some people will always struggle to use these technologies or simply not be able to.
Vouching for someone as part of the identity verification process has been around for a while but is only now crystalising in the minds of identity experts. It is also one of the most decentralised ways of proving who you are.
The process of Vouching is intended to increase inclusivity of population scale identity systems by enabling people with insufficient documentation (identity evidence), or those unable to complete a conventional identity registration to gain a digital identity.
In this session Adam Cooper seeks to outline the issues we should be addressing and the approaches we can take to create better inclusivity in digital identity ecosystems based on over a decade of working with governments, citizens, and the private sector to deliver better outcomes for all of us.

Adam Cooper
ID Crowd
Adam is an identity standards expert, policy lead, and enterprise architect with over 30 years of experience in innovation and service transformation. Having played a leading role in the...
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