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* The big problem is [[Trust]] where there are no standards or examples of any trust without a history of trusted behavior.
 
* The big problem is [[Trust]] where there are no standards or examples of any trust without a history of trusted behavior.
* Beware of time-stamping services posing as trust anchors. Bellcore created such a service in the early 1990 and spun it off into a separate company in 1994.<ref>BELLCORE SPINS OFF NEW COMPANY TO OFFER DIGITAL NOTARY (TM)(SM) SERVICE  http://seclists.org/interesting-people/1994/Mar/100</ref>
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* Beware of time-stamping services posing as trust anchors. Bellcore created such a service in the early 1990 and spun it off into a separate company in 1994.<ref>BELLCORE SPINS OFF NEW COMPANY TO OFFER DIGITAL NOTARY (TM)(SM) SERVICE  http://seclists.org/interesting-people/1994/Mar/100</ref> None of these services provide any trust in the contents of the documents.
  
 
==Solutions==
 
==Solutions==

Revision as of 10:56, 31 July 2018

Full Title or Meme

A means to distribute the sources of identity and give more choice to Users.

Context

  • The current paradigm in open identity is for each conforming Relying Party to provide a list Identifier or Attribute Providers that the use could chose from to allow access.
    • In this model it was up to the Relying Party to establish a link and share a secret with the Identifier or Attribute Provider in advance of any transactions.
    • It also required the user to pre-register with one or more of those providers, typically one of the big social sites, like: Google, Microsoft or Facebook.
  • The current most common protocol for this version of a Distributed Identity was OpenID Connect which also enabled Self-issued Identity, but that concept never succeeded in the marketplace.
  • Now other organizations believe that they can succeed where the OpenID foundation failed.

Problems

  • The big problem is Trust where there are no standards or examples of any trust without a history of trusted behavior.
  • Beware of time-stamping services posing as trust anchors. Bellcore created such a service in the early 1990 and spun it off into a separate company in 1994.[1] None of these services provide any trust in the contents of the documents.

Solutions

The Decentralized Identity Foundation has been created to enable "an open source decentralized identity ecosystem for people, organizations, apps, and devices". The have a list of areas of interest[2] that include block-chain and universal discovery which seem to be diametrically opposite of Privacy legislation like the GDPR and California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

References

  1. BELLCORE SPINS OFF NEW COMPANY TO OFFER DIGITAL NOTARY (TM)(SM) SERVICE http://seclists.org/interesting-people/1994/Mar/100
  2. Decentralized Identity Foundation working groups http://identity.foundation/working-groups