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2019-08-21#

Ran Across Today#

Life-Like Identity: Why the Internet Needs an Identity Metasystem#

Another excellent article by Phil Windley.

The article spells out a lot of "The Problems with Digital Identity" but show almost none of the Beneficial Aspects. "Identity just works--until you go online." and he relates a scenario comparing meeting a friend in a restaurant and how this would take place if done online. He mentions, only in the online scenario about the "dining points" were lost.

The thing that seems to be missing is the Human Element as people like and use "dining points" by using Loyalty Cards in non-online scenarios and those points get lost in NOT online conditions now, probably more often that when online.

Also, Loyalty Cards in a NOT online condition are promote "tapestry credentials" that provide trails that can be followed. "dining points" via their Loyalty Cards and also grocery Loyalty Cards track what you buy and sell advertising to others; Just like online. Also, keep in mind, it is all online. Make a reservation and in most restaurants, it is entered into some system which is online. Toast, Square, Opentable are all online and track and use Identity Correlation to for Tracking often by your Phone Number.

And then there is those Sovrin Agents. As he relates, "Relationships are created using a system of peer-to-peer agents in Layer 2. These agents exchange decentralized identifiers (DIDs) to create a relationship{2}. Because DIDs are cryptographic artifacts tied to public-private key pairs, this exchange provides the agents with the means to perform mutual authentication and create an encrypted channel. Agents use a messaging protocol called DIDComm to exchange messages."

He goes on to say: "Trust in the metasystem is dependent on the ledger shown in Layer 1 ". But what about Trust with those Sovrin Agents?

And then there is this issue of How do the participants running the "Identity Metasystem" make money? I will assume, not from Advertising or some other form of selling Personal data. And these participants have a high Regulatory Risk based on the current environment.

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