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Digital Sovereignty as a unique value proposition of DIDs and a top priority candidate for common good work.

From: Bohdan Andriyiv <bohdan.andriyiv@validbook.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:32:57 +0200
To: "W3C Credentials CG" <public-credentials@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1672216c7e3.126648f7758535.2008443639989579381@validbook.org>
At the last CCG call, it was interesting to hear discussions about very important topics: unique value proposition of DIDs and contributing to community's common good.  I'd like to add my two cents on these topics and show a possible link between them. In my opinion _the only_ unique value proposition of Decentralized Identifiers is that they enable Digital Sovereignty for people and institutions. Which means ultimate privacy and ultimate security over one's digital communications and ownership of digital assets. Anything else either can be done using centralized identifiers or are implications of the enabled digital sovereignty. For example, mentioned by Manu, governments' desire to push responsibility for security to end users (in the form of them handling their own private keys), can be understood as the governments' wish to use the practical implications of enabled digital sovereignty of people.  In the light of this understanding, that _the only_ unique value proposition of DIDs istheir ability to enable digital sovereignty, we should ask ourselves, - "Do people, organizations and governments want digital sovereignty?". I think - yes, yes and yes. They just do not know that they want it. Here we have the problem, that I think is common to all community participants. People (and organizations) care more about convenience than about privacy and security as long as privacy and security is _good enough_ for the particular _situation at hand_. Thus, it is in the common interest of the community to find audiences, who will find that the benefits from digital sovereignty are large enough to start adopting it. I think, this particular job – explaining DIDs as means to digital sovereignty and searching audiences for whom it is relevant at the current time, is the top priority candidate for the common good work. In the long run, popularization of the Digital Sovereignty concept, will bring customers to all participants in the community. How this work for common good can be funded is another question and a big discussion (from ad-hoc charity like basis, to establishing association with membership payments, projects and grants; etc). From the side of the organization of The United Humans (aka Validbook) we are foremost interested in the popularization and explanation of the importance of the digital sovereignty to the wide public - usual people. Towards this common good work, we can contribute future Kudos (currency in the form of ERC20 tokens, issued to self-sovereign identities that uniquely represent living people). Note, Kudos have not been issued yet and there is no date established when they will be issued. See more about Kudos at [1], [2], [3]. Thanks and Regards, Bohdan P.S. If you are interested to participate in the development of The United Humans organization and its cooperation tools[4], please do not hesitate to contact me. [1] "Kudos - short explanation" - https://docs.google.com/document/d/19pJ3_xMyNX-bAZSHTXvnwr5xLWsV-ShVv3Vy1S4gN6E/edit#bookmark=id.ibv0cafto3pp [2] "Kudos - price estimation" - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1S91DV39r3QyRkY9opl0W9SkKOnuDQiJ36QIUJKctp7o/edit#gid=0 [3] "The United Humans" - https://github.com/WebOfTrustInfo/rwot7/blob/master/topics-and-advance-readings/united-humans.md [4] "The United Humans cooperation tools – Proof of the Concept" - http://futurama1x.validbook.org/
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