Re: Prioritizing Individual Sovereignty over Interoperability


In my opinion, the proposed "did:peer" method fulfills all the key
properties of DIDs (decentralized, persistent, cryptographically
verifiable, resolvable).
Peer DIDs are self-sovereign, they are under exclusive control of the
subject, and they don't require a central authority.
Note that "globally resolvable" is NOT a requirement for DIDs.

Peer DIDs are a perfect example how fully compliant DID methods can
exist that don't require a blockchain/DLT (also see this thread


On 4/27/19 4:22 PM, Stephen Curran wrote:
> Related to this topic, is the proposed  "did:peer"
> ( method
> considered to be in the same non-decentralized camp as "did:facebook"
> and "did:google"?  While I get that "did:peer" is (intentionally)
> quite different from the globally resolvable did methods rooted in a
> blockchain, I think it is a crucial component of the decentralized
> identity landscape.
> My thought it is a separate discussion from the "did:facebook"
> discussion, but one that should be had in the did spec community. If
> it is part of this topic, I would request commenters consider it so it
> is not lost in the "bigger tent" debate.
> Stephen Curran
> Principal, Cloud Compass Computing, Inc.
> Hyperledger Technical Ambassador
>  -
> Calendar:
>> On 4/26/2019 11:46:12 AM, Markus Sabadello <> wrote:
>> Hello list,
>> In light of the discussions in the W3C CCG, DIF, and recent threads on
>> GitHub concerning proposed changes to the W3C DID spec (related to
>> "decentralization" and the "big tent" idea), Joachim Lohkamp (Jolocom),
>> Kai Wagner (Jolocom), Eugeniu Rusu (Jolocom), Sean Baldwin-Stevenson
>> (Jolocom) and myself (Danube Tech) have prepared an open statement and
>> call to action for the community.
>> We invite you to read, share, and add your perspectives on that blog
>> post with the aim of broadening the discussion and developing a more
>> comprehensive and rigorous assessment of how to address the challenge of
>> achieving interoperability without diminishing user sovereignty.
>> Even though I won't be at IIW, I know sessions around this topic will be
>> held, and I hope this statement will serve as useful input.
>> Markus

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