Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs)
Briar / Thread: [briar-devel] Sovrin & peer-to-peer DID spec
I've been following both the Sovrin & Briar projects for some time now andDecentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v0.12
wanted to point out some affinity between the two that may be rich for
exploration in the future.
Sovrin https://sovrin.org/ is a non-profit organization that is building
a "self-sovereign identity" legal framework and technology (the technology
is called Hyperledger). They work closely with the Linux Foundation and
several identity groups (e.g. subgroups of Microsoft, IBM, government of
Canada, etc.) One of their successes is the DID spec
https://w3c-ccg.github.io/did-spec/ (decentralized identifiers), which
was recently accepted for working group status at W3C.
The Sovrin ethos is very well-aligned with Briar's. Both projects are
building local-first, secure, transport-agnostic communications in ways
that maintain privacy. While the main branch of their code depends on a
distributed ledger for grounding trust, they are actively exploring
peer-to-peer methods of establishing connection & securely sharing
verifiable (peer) credentials. They are working closely with cryptographers
to use some of the latest advances in the field (see Hyperledger Ursa
I learned about this "Peer DID Spec" at the Internet Identity Workshop last
week and thought of Briar:
I think Briar & Sovrin have been tackling some of the same (very difficult)
problems from different directions and may have some things to offer each
Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) are a new type of identifier for verifiable, "self-sovereign" digital identity. DIDs are fully under the control of the DID subject, independent from any centralized registry, identity provider, or certificate authority. DIDs are URLs that relate a DID subject to means for trustable interactions with that subject. D...