Root Identity – Decentralized ID Tech

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Session Topic: Root Identity - Decentralized ID Tech

Tuesday 1H

Convener: Adrian Gropper

Notes-taker: Bill Mills

Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:

Discussion around what a unified identity should look like so a user can own and manage their identity in a unified way and managing whether linkages are visible or not and how that might be managed. Also the discussion of how to make an identity system independent of any single entity so no single agent has control of identity for a user.

  • round table intros
  • Adrian's into
* A person (has/should have) a root identity
* various personas can be attached: FB, twitter handle, etc.
* should be decentralized
* what does authentication of the root identity look like?
* Adrian asserts that biometrics is key here.

Discussion around what "decentralized" means, similarly "ownership"

Authentication and identities.

The idea of independent certifying entities. Trusted entities to do certification.

Example of Apple Pay that allows payment that enables payment but gives the payee no info about the person, and the RiteAid/CVS competitor which grants tons of info about the payee. These are interesting qualities to compare.

Analogies to SSL/TLS root CAs if one authenticator or entity is "certifying" identities.