Part 2 of 2: ID Is Only the Beginning.
For many working with SSI and VCs, exchanging achievements is the top-of-mind use case. By achievements, I mean any kind: diplomas, degrees, certificates, skills, skill shapes, competencies, badges, milestones, grades, awards, commendations, micro-credentials, incremental achievements, and others.
Students will eventually share their achievements in pursuit of a job, but they also may want to transfer between schools, or reverse transfer credits from their current school to a former one. …
Part 1 of 2: Strong, flexible, digital student ID that’s not bound to your campus, network, or vendor.
Full Disclosure: The benefits discussed here apply to self-sovereign student ID generally and are not specific to any vendor or product, and do not result in vendor lock-in; any standards-compliant SSI tools for issuance, holding, and verification could deliver these results. I am the co-founder and CEO of Credential Master, and co-creator of the first self-sovereign student ID product, StudentPass.
Part 3: How Verifiable Credentials Bridge Trust Domains
Part 2: Like Shipping Containers, Verifiable Credentials Will Economically Transform the World
Part 1: Verifiable Credentials Aren’t Credentials. They’re Containers.
After possibly thousands of conversations about SSI over the last five years, I’ve tried just about everything to help people quickly understand it. Early on it would take hours. Seriously. We just didn’t have the terminology or the useful analogies or frankly, the understanding, to be more concise. Then it was sixty minutes, then thirty, and now it’s plateaued at about five. Five minutes for someone to really grok SSI, which is about four minutes and fifty seconds longer than the ideal.
And I’ve tried — and my team at Evernym tried — many different approaches. Even with a bad…
Dispelling misunderstandings around SSI (Part 1 of 2)
Here are seven myths of SSI that I repeatedly hear and will address across two posts. Myths 1–3 will be discussed here, myths 4–7 here.
Dispelling misunderstandings around SSI (Part 2 of 2)
Here are seven myths of SSI that I repeatedly hear and will address across two posts. Myths 1–3 were discussed here, myths 4–7 will be discussed in this post.
There’s a brilliant series of promotional videos called “Will it blend?” set in a 70s-style game show, where the host takes various items and asks “Will it blend?” before sticking them into a blender. Ipads, snow skis, golf clubs, even super glue and silly putty have been blended into oblivion, with often surprising results that viewers get to see repeated in slow motion (and which I find highly entertaining).
After seeing a raft of identity startups over the last couple of years, I’m now tempted to start a similar series called “Is it self-sovereign?” …
As a relative “noob” in the identity world — five years and counting — it may seem presumptuous for me to distill all the types of digital identity relationships into just three models. But it needs doing.
Why? Because there’s a new kid on the identity block — “self-sovereign” identity (SSI) — that purports to “re-imagine the identity data model,” and apart from the December 2017 Gartner report, Blockchain: Evolving Decentralized Identity Design, where this assertion appears, I haven’t seen any consensus on what it is nor simple illustrations or diagrams of how it works. …
GP, Digital Trust Ventures