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Identity can seem deceptively simple. We know who we are. Sometimes we have to convince others of that fact and confirm other characteristics: our age, our qualifications, or our right to access some services or tools. This happens every day over the Internet, but in ways that are disorganized, redundant, and risky. The lack of reliable, universal standards puts our private information at risk of public dissemination, fraud or worse.
The pioneers developing the internet didn’t define nuanced standards for identity -- most everything was just username and passwords. Over the past 20 years we have seen a range of standards that solve some identity challenges, including SAML, LDAP, OpenID Connect, OAuth, SCIM, Information Cards, and FIDO. None of them have comprehensively addressed the challenge of identity at internet scale.
A new set of standards is emerging that creates an infrastructure for self-sovereign identity that can scale. This talk looks forward to help you think ahead and prepare for this new infrastructure. We will walk through standards that together create a new identity infrastructure that leverages the blockchain. This isn’t about what you can implement tomorrow to solve your employee identity challenges or manage customer accounts. It will instead prepare you for the coming changes and help you play a role in shaping them.