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Digital Guardianship in Self-Sovereign Identity

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Drummond Reed's Nov. 21, 2019 keynote presentation for Secour's Digital Identity & Dementia Summit.

This presentation provides a quick introduction to self-sovereign identity (SSI), a few of the pilots in production today, and how SSI can be designed to work for everyone through a concept called digital guardianship.

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Digital Guardianship in Self-Sovereign Identity

  1. 1. Self-Sovereign Identity and Digital Guardianship Drummond Reed | @drummondreed
  2. 2. Good morning Toronto! A little about me: ▫ Chief Trust Officer, Evernym ▫ Trustee, Sovrin Foundation ▫ Chair, Sovrin Governance Framework WG ▫ Member, Sovrin Guardianship Task Force ▫ Co-Author, W3C DID Spec ▫ 20+ years in Internet identity ▫ 15+ years in identity standards You can reach me at @drummondreed or drummond.reed@evernym.com. 2
  3. 3. I am here because we have reached a watershed in digital identity 3
  4. 4. “Blockchain Identity” 4 “Decentralized Identity” “Self-Sovereign Identity”
  5. 5. I am not going to explain any of the technical details of SSI 5 (Go to YouTube and search for “Trust over IP”)
  6. 6. SSI in a nutshell 6
  7. 7. What I am here to tell you is how fast SSI is growing 7 It is just like the Web 20 years ago
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  12. 12. And I am also here to tell you that Canada is a world leader 13
  13. 13. ● Verifiable digital credentials for all legally registered business entities ● Near real-time updates across all agencies ● All open source based on Hyperledger Indy & Aries ● vonx.io
  14. 14. Problems being addressed: ✔ Reusable KYC data ✔ Rapid onboarding for financial products ✔ Regulation insights to data portability ● Government ID ● Driving License ● Bank Statements ● Proof of Address ● Post Secondary Certificates ● Proof of Employment ● Proof of Earning ● Medical Insurance ● Medical Records
  15. 15. But what if you can’t manage your own digital identity? 16
  16. 16. 3 billion don’t have access to the Internet 17
  17. 17. 1.9 billion are children 18
  18. 18. 70 million are refugees 19
  19. 19. 50 million are adults with dementia 20
  20. 20. How can we make identity work for all? 21
  21. 21. The Sovrin Governance Framework 22 2.2 Guardianship An Individual who does not have the capability to directly control that Individual’s Identity Data (a Dependent) shall have the right to appoint another Identity Owner who has that capability (an Independent or an Organization) to serve as the owner’s Guardian.
  22. 22. SSI & Guardianship In Action: Helping refugees in northern Thailand access essential health services 23
  23. 23. 24 Announcing the world’s first newborn guardianship project ▫ Infant–Parent guardianship affects over 1B people worldwide ▫ iRespond is taking the challenge as a leader in privacy-respecting humanitarian action, kicking off the real-life implementation of newborn-parent guardianship where it is needed most ▫ Focused on humanitarian causes (poverty, education, health, human safety) Look for details in a soon to be announced press release from iRespond at www.iRespond.org.
  24. 24. ““Gaining a [digital] identity, something that’s intrinsically part of you and can’t be lost, and yet that contains nothing that can compromise you by divulging more than is required—that can be life changing.” - Eric Rasmussen, President & Chairman, iRespond 25
  25. 25. “Guardianship is the touchstone for digital ethics" 26 —Scott Warner, Secours
  26. 26. Thank you! @drummondreed · drummond.reed@evernym.com This presentation and more technical introductions to SSI are available at www.slideshare.net/evernym 27

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