Decentralized Public Key Infrastructure


Decentralized Public Key Infrastructure (DPKI) or Decentralized Key Management System (DKMS) goal is to ensure that no single third-party can compromise the integrity and security of the system as as whole.

Decentralized Public Key Infrastructure is a Cryptographic Key Management Architecture

Trust is decentralized through the use of technologies that make it possible for geographically and politically disparate entities to reach consent on the state of a shared database.

Decentralized Public Key Infrastructure focuses primarily on decentralized key-value Data Stores, called blockchains, but it is perfectly capable of supporting other technologies that provide similar or superior security properties.

Decentralized Public Key Infrastructure foundation is used with the Decentralized Identifier (DIDs) Specification Each DID method specification defines:

  • The specific ledger against which the DID method operates;
  • The format of the method-specific identifier;
  • The CRUD operations (create, read, update, delete) for DIDs and DDOs on that ledger.

Work by Evernym INC. on the DKMS specification is funded by the United States Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T).

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