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Self-Sovereign Identity

Decentralized digital identity and verifiable credentials
Alex Preukschat and Drummond Reed
  • MEAP began December 2019
  • Publication in June 2021 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617296598
  • 504 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white

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This is a very important book—it looks at the problems of digital identity just when we need to desperately solve them.

Milorad Imbra
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In a world of changing privacy regulations, identity theft, and online anonymity, identity is a precious and complex concept. Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) is a set of technologies that move control of digital identity from third party “identity providers” directly to individuals, and it promises to be one of the most important trends for the coming decades. Now in Self-Sovereign Identity, privacy and personal data experts Drummond Reed and Alex Preukschat lay out a roadmap for a future of personal sovereignty powered by the Blockchain and cryptography. Cutting through the technical jargon with dozens of practical use cases from experts across all major industries, it presents a clear and compelling argument for why SSI is a paradigm shift, and shows how you can be ready to be prepared for it.

about the technology

What is our identity? It is everything we do in our daily life, but with the identity data records siloed in banks, big corporations, and governments. Currently, we rely on these third-party records to prove who we are and what we own—but we do not control them.

Self-Sovereign Identity changes everything.

Imagine selling a house, applying for a driver’s license, or checking an applicant’s credentials without evaluating a portfolio of papers gathered from various centralized institutions. Powered by secure Blockchain registries and cryptography, Self-Sovereign Identity is empowering people across the globe to take back control of their own data using digital credentials controlled by the users themselves. It eliminates the need for organizations to manage customer data directly, reducing costs, and massively increasing security. SSI is creating new, richer, and more trusted relationships online, and promises to be just as important as the emergence of the Internet.

about the book

Self-Sovereign Identity gives you a radical new perspective on how we represent ourselves in the world. This case study-driven book cuts through the jargon and hype to expose the amazing potential SSI offers for security, privacy, identity, and even uprooting the way the global economy works. SSI experts Drummond Reed and Alex Preukschat present a vision of the future, examining how SSI protocols will impact industries from banking through to government. You’ll get a clear mental model for how SSI works as you tour SSI-enabled eCommerce and eHealth applications and their advantages over current technologies. While you learn the philosophical and sociological concepts that underpin SSI, you’ll reach the book’s lightbulb moment: what this radical technology really means for the shape of our lives, our businesses, and our futures.

what's inside

  • How SSI will affect your industry
  • The essential technical and legal concepts of SSI
  • The architecture of SSI software
  • Emerging standards for SSI

about the reader

Readers of this book need no special technical knowledge, only an openness to new ideas.

about the author

Drummond Reed has spent over two decades in Internet identity, security, privacy, and trust frameworks. He is the Chief Trust Officer at Evernym, and co-author of the Respect Trust Framework, which was honored with the Privacy Award at the 2011 European Identity Conference. Drummond is a Trustee and Secretary of the Sovrin Foundation, where he serves as chair of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group, and has served as co-chair of the OASIS XDI Technical Committee since 2004.

Alex Preukschat is Global Head of Strategic Blockchain Projects with Evernym. Alex has been active in the Bitcoin space since 2013 and leads, a global SSI community to share knowledge in the identity space. He is a co-founder of Blockchain España and Alianza Blockchain Iberoamérica, and author of multiple reports and books about Blockchain and identity.

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Are you, like me before I read this book, new to the term SSI but want to know everything about the future of identity? If so, then this is a book you have to read!

Sander Zegveld

Explores the new fascinating possibilities offered by SSI and identity framework based on strong cryptography, blockchains and digital wallets.

Davide Cadamuro

The authors give you their true vision of how an SSI system should be.

Julien Pohie

This book has everything you need to start designing for the new identity paradigm.

Steven H. McCown

I went from knowing nothing about the topic to understanding the concepts clearly.

Sambasiva Andaluri