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Re: 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: Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:59:14 +0200
To: "Moses Ma" <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>
Cc: "Kim Hamilton Duffy" <kim@learningmachine.com>, "Manu Sporny" <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, "Public-Credentials" <public-credentials@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1672c7b8ed8.dd417d6e89578.5621441088903880097@validbook.org>
> Moses 
> I wish we could come up with a simple catchy and clever description of the SSI value proposition. ...

I usually explain value proposition of DIDs, SSI like this:
1. /Explain what it gives./ SSI enables your digital sovereignty.  
2. /Explain what it means in practical terms./ Digital sovereignty means an ultimate control over your  digital communications and digital assets.  Noone can eaves drop on your communications or take away your digital assets, like money or digital deeds on ownership. Nor a man, nor a goverment. Noone!
3. /Explain, how it works in practical terms./ Your SSI is controled by private keys, that can be stored in secure sign-only hardware wallet, that you control physically. The keys are additionally password protected. Noone can control your SSI, unless they take away your hardware wallet and know password to it. (...explain how sign-only hardware wallet works...). In case you lose your hardware wallet, you can restore control over your SSI, through social backup.  (...explain how social back up works...).

I think, when explaining SSIs, emphasis should be on practical, earthly aspects of digital sovereignty - enhanced privacy, security, transperancy, and equality in dealings with counterparties (whoever these counterparties might be - people, organizations or even governments). The political, "common good" benefits of digital sovereignty should be brought forward as derivatives of the "earthly" benefits of digital sovereignty and only with those audiences who is interested in such things.

After all are not we all, just a bunch of selfish hobbits, tied together in a single garment of destiny on a pale blue dot? :)

-- Bohdan


 ---- On Mon, 19 Nov 2018 04:12:26 +0200 Moses Ma <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com> wrote ---- 
 > At the next RWOT we should shoot a music video... 🤦🏻‍♂️
 > 
 > 
 > 
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 > 
 > On Nov 18, 2018 at 5:15 PM, <Kim Hamilton Duffy> wrote:
 > 
 > The earworm Whitney Houston version:
 > 
 > “No matter what they take from me, they can’t take my Self-Sovereign-Identity...”
 > 
 > You have to speed up that last part
 > On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 3:58 PM Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:
 > On 11/18/18 3:26 PM, Moses Ma wrote:
 >  > Haha, I couldn’t resist. 😆
 >  
 >  😆 ... love it!
 >  
 >  -- manu
 >  
 >  -- 
 >  Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
 >  Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
 >  blog: Veres One Decentralized Identifier Blockchain Launches
 >  https://tinyurl.com/veres-one-launches
 >  
 >  -- 
 > Kim Hamilton DuffyCTO & Principal Architect Learning MachineCo-chair W3C Credentials Community Group        kim@learningmachine.com
 > 
 >   
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