digital identity

Blockchain security: What keeps your transaction data safe?

Proponents of the distributed ledger technology known as blockchain consider it to be one of the best ways to secure transactions. I don’t know about you, but hearing that anything is the “best” immediately makes me skeptical. How exactly does blockchain provide more security than traditional transaction processes? Let’s take a look.   Security by […]

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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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The difference between public and private blockchain

There are a number of explanations on what blockchain is and what exactly is the difference between Bitcoin and blockchain, but another area where I get many questions, is the difference between public and private blockchain. The similarities of public and private blockchain Many flavors of blockchain have evolved over the years and the terminology […]

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Going big and going global: IBM Blockchain at Consensus

In the last year, there has been a dramatic shift in the way people talk about blockchain. Before, it was all about the opportunities for disruption and the transformation that distributed ledgers would make possible. Everyone had ideas about how to use the technology, but it had only been applied in one significant way: Bitcoin. […]

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Top five takeaways from K(NO)W Identity Conference

The current approach to digital identity management is unsustainable. It’s become necessary to move away from intermediary and provider-controlled models toward user-controlled digital identity. Last week, challenges to this undertaking, along with potential solutions, were discussed at K(NO)W Identity Conference in Washington, DC. These are my top five takeaways. 1. Identity is a critical element […]

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Multi-document verification in a digital world

Nearly everyone has some form of Government Issued Identity Instrument (G3I). Even though a driver’s license conveys the privilege to operate certain types of vehicles, it is also the most commonly used form of G3I. The table below lists several use cases and indicates whether an actual driver’s license (DL) or a G3I document is […]

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Moving beyond barcodes

We all have many plastic cards in our wallets — driver’s license, credit cards, healthcare cards and more.  Many have some mechanism for exchanging data with a reader either via a barcode, magnetic strip or chip. Unfortunately, these mechanisms for exchanging data do not always provide the best authentication. Barcodes are for automation, not identification […]

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Secure verifiable anywhere anytime digital driver’s licenses

Today physical identity cards are used to represent personally identifiable information (PII). A common example is a driver’s license (DL) that uses paper or plastic to represent an individual’s credentials issued in compliance with ISO/IEC 18013-1. However, the representation of PII may soon be changing as the interest in mobile driver licenses is growing. As […]

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