Re: Inventory of Government related DID/VC projects

UNHCR is currently exploring related issues in the context of refugees.

It sounds like their effort would benefit greatly from what you are putting
together, Christopher.

I submitted a short note and recommended exploring zero knowledge proofs or
other approaches to limiting the need to disclose PII.


On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 8:57 PM =Drummond Reed <>

> +1 to exactly what Kevin is recommending for legally approved acceptance
> of verifiable credentials for KYC/AML. This could be further enhanced by
> having the acceptable credentials (or claims) be specified by governance
> frameworks
> <>.
> After all, who better to specify a governance framework than...a government
> ;-)
> On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 4:13 PM Kevin O'Brien <> wrote:
>> Here's ours:
>> "Kiva, Sierra Leone and U.N. agencies announced the first implementation
>> of the Kiva Protocol on Sept. 27, 2018, at the U.N. General Assembly. The
>> Kiva Protocol will be used to create a nationwide digital identification
>> system designed to help the country’s 7 million citizens access the
>> financial services they need to improve their lives.
>> Globally, 1.7 billion adults are unbanked, including 80% of the citizens
>> of Sierra Leone. Two of the major barriers to accessing financial services
>> are a lack of formal identification and a lack of verifiable credit history.
>> The new Kiva Protocol is designed to address these barriers by using
>> distributed ledger technology to issue digital identification to all
>> citizens. Through the Kiva Protocol, both formal and informal financial
>> institutions (from banks to shopkeepers giving credit) can help contribute
>> to a person’s credit history."
>> For picture, you could credit and use the photo here of President Bio
>> announcing it:
>> or could just use our logo.
>> As for thoughts on privacy and legislation, especially around KYC/AML,
>> one thing I bring up a lot is a hope that eventually laws and regulations
>> will support financial institutions only needing to verify that the
>> individual can present a KYC/AML credential, but not have to actually show
>> any of the PII. Thus, I could go to any accredited KYC/AML verification
>> provider I choose, present them with the PII they need to verify, then
>> receive a verifiable credential indicating the check has been done/passed
>> and meets a certain standard. This credential would be presented to a bank
>> when applying with them. This would actually make things more efficient for
>> banks, but banks are often conservative and I believe would really need
>> legislation or governmental guidance pushing them in this direction to get
>> there.
>> On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 3:37 PM Christopher Allen <
>>> wrote:
>>> I've been asked to run a session in Wyoming during the next legislative
>>> Blockchain Task Force on May 6th & 7th on the topic of possible new state
>>> laws & regulations around identity and privacy. As Wyoming has passed 13
>>> different laws related to cryptographic technologies and blockchain in the
>>> last two years, there is a real opportunity to help set the legislative
>>> agenda not only for the Wyoming but also the United States and the rest of
>>> the world.
>>> I need two things:
>>>    - A list of government supported decentralized identity projects
>>>    sponsored by or intended for governments. I have a list of some Sovrin and
>>>    Veres One projects, but am missing quite a few from other companies. In
>>>    particular, there are a lot of companies doing KYC/AML pilots with
>>>    governments that I don't have details on. Seeking a short
>>>    sentence/paragraph of the project, and a picture and link I can put on a
>>>    slide for each.
>>>    - Any thoughts on what regulatory guidance or laws might be
>>>    appropriate for a libertarian privacy-oriented state government?
>>>       - What do people think of Illinois biometric laws, can Wyoming do
>>>       better?
>>>       - How do we limit AML regs from requiring money transmitter
>>>       licenses from most every consumer Lightning Node, Proof-of-Stake holder, or
>>>       small-time cryptocurrency miner, and thus forcing them to AML register all
>>>       transfers and thus violating privacy of users?
>>>       - How to we prevent court requests for seizure of keys and
>>>       instead only demand transfer of digital assets, as keys protect both
>>>       personal information and digital assets.
>>>       - How do we persuade them to consider that personal data doesn't
>>>       easily fall into simple definitions of property, and to be careful about
>>>       regulating PII as property, aka #RightsNotProperty?
>>>       - Other identity/privacy oriented thoughts?
>>> Thanks!
>>> -- Christopher

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