Making Good on the Original Promises of Self-Sovereign Identity

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But There is an Alternative

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Cryptography Always Works, With or Without Privacy Regulations

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“The Self-Sovereign Identity community has been saying ‘any day now’ for 10 years. Why has it stalled? Because many in the industry are greedy cargo cultists. They aren’t seeking answers to the why and how of decentralization and user sovereignty but are merely arranging cryptography on the sands of e-commerce hoping for a legitimate use case to fly over and drop money upon them.”

Absolute privacy on the internet is impossible, today. Why? Because nobody with the power to create it, wants it. The primary revenue model for the internet is based on surveillance making most investors aligned against privacy…

DID stands for Decentralized IDentifier, Decentralized Identity Document, and Decentralized IDentity all at the same time. Got it? Good. Now don’t use the word DID, don’t use the DID technology, and most of all don’t use the W3C DID standards. With user sovereignty as its guide and ethics as its foundation, the authentic data economy solves the problems plaguing DIDs, DIDs, and DIDs.

Political Solutions Never Solve Technological Problems

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This Sumerian harvest record from 3,100 B.C. is an example of authentic data gathered by officials for use in administration of their society.

“Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge. Our identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose.”

John Perry Barlow

The first time I heard the phrase “user sovereignty” was while working at Mozilla on the Firefox…


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