The Digital Identity Blog

  • The protocols underpinning GAIN

    Open Banking The foundations for the remarkable global success of Open Banking over the past 5 years were laid by the creation and implementation of a set of internationally-agreed standards, interoperable protocols and financial-grade APIs. Open Banking enables Business-to-Customer relationships that allow authorised third party applications and services to securely access and process personal financial…

  • So, what has Decentralised Identity go to do with GAIN?

    In order to answer that question we need to look a little more deeply at the various terms that make up the definition of Decentralized Identity. “A globally unique persistent identifier that does not require a centralized registration authority and is often generated and/or registered cryptographically.“ “Globally”  The GAIN proposal seeks to create a global…

  • Decentralised Identity

    “A globally unique persistent identifier that does not require a centralized registration authority and is often generated and/or registered cryptographically. … A specific DID scheme is defined in a DID method specification. Many—but not all—DID methods make use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) or some other form of decentralized network.” Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0 By…

  • GAIN – Background

    According to the late, lamented, Kim Cameron in his seminal 2005 blog, The Laws of Identity, the Internet was designed and implemented without an identity layer and has developed ever since as a patchwork of identity workarounds and one-offs. In the November 2019 BBC Dimbleby Lecture, Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web,…

  • Federated vs Self Sovereign Identity

    A couple of weeks ago Covid-19 prevented me from flying to Las Vegas for the Know Identity Conference and made me abandon my plan to write a post on what I discovered there. So, having had a rethink over Easter, I decided to record my perception of the differences between Federated Identity and Self Sovereign…

  • Three dimensions to Digital Identity

    In his June 2018 webinar as part of the SSIMeetup group, Danial Hardman presents an interesting take on digital identity, calling it multi-dimensional and manifesting itself in three separate planes along three separate axes – Relationships, Data or attributes and Agents or Proxies. Agents or Proxies axis These are the devices, software and services that…