Trusted Identity

The next generation of digital identity, sometimes referred to Identity 3.0, that enables access and dissemination of Personal Identification Information (PII) in a manner that promotes secure, efficient, easy-to-use and interoperable identity activities that do not alter the the integrity of an individual's PII.

Decentralized Identity: An alternative to password-based authentication

Many experts say that a password-based login is an insecure approach to online interactions and that multi-factor schemes add friction that reduce user adoption and productivity. Obtaining assured authentication of a person’s identity while adhering to new data privacy laws and regulations presents a minefield of security and customer experiences issues that are costly and […]

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IBM Blockchain Trusted Identity: Sovrin Steward closed beta offering

Individuals, organizations, and things are not in control of their identity in the digital world. Everything is rooted in usernames and passwords, controlled by identity providers and third parties, creating a much-needed missing layer for identity on the Internet. At IBM, we have been doing a lot in the decentralized identity space. We’ve done some […]

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Self-sovereign identity: Unraveling the terminology

Several years ago, the Sovrin vision was introduced using a dot metaphor to describe a future whereby individuals would be able to take back control of their identity and participate at a peer-to-peer level with their online and offline relationships. Today the landscape of supporting open communities — network, code and standards — to achieve […]

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Self-sovereign identity: Why blockchain?

One of the most common questions I get when talking to customers and analysts about the self-sovereign identity (SSI) movement is, “Why blockchain?” This question tends to stem from the notion that data associated with a person’s identity is destined to be stored, shared and used for verification on some form of distributed ledger technology. […]

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How do we start tackling the existing identity problem?

Identity and control of personal identity is top of mind, given recent events as well as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A lot of our identity is shared without our explicit consent, gets stored in locations we are unaware of, and when compromised creates tremendous setbacks. Almost everything we do in the […]

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Self-sovereign identity: Our recent activity as a Sovrin Steward

During the most recent Internet Identity Workshop, IBM announced our entrance into the decentralized identity arena by joining the Sovrin Foundation. The days that followed have been busy and exciting, and highlighted by both IBM and community milestones. Developer enablement To help developers get acquainted with The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Indy concepts we contributed two […]

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Collaboration: Unlocking decentralized, digital identity management through blockchain

Identity theft is an all too common occurrence. Our personal information is not under our control and lives in repositories that are targets for hackers. The Identity Theft Resource Center recorded 1,339 breaches impacting over 170 million records in the U.S. in 2017 alone. The global numbers are so staggering that no one has been able to […]

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Paving the road to self-sovereign identity with blockchain, open standards

Imagine a world in which you always have peace of mind that your personal information is safe. Imagine a world in which your information cannot be shared without your clear, explicit consent at the time of the transaction; where you decide who can access what information, when, and for how long. In this world, you […]

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Digital identity interactions

Digital identity solutions can be described using a set of identity verification interactions types that pertain to both in-person and online experiences. Our daily lives are filled with a variety of identity interaction experiences. These daily life experiences may include a visit to the bank clerk, entering the airport or a login to your utility company’s […]

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