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