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Re: Identity Hubs and Agents

From: Adrian Gropper <agropper@healthurl.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:22:34 -0400
Message-ID: <CANYRo8h44hxJwTBQJCmMpo=276wayie3q5=i+VQz7tR34RCHng@mail.gmail.com>
To: "W3C Credentials CG (Public List)" <public-credentials@w3.org>
Further to Bill's call for consistent terminology, I have tried to capture
the essence of the various protocol designs from a privacy engineering
[image: Agent to Hubs Protocols.png]
The terms in this diagram are just a starting point meant to be agnostic to
any of the proposed designs. You can clone it or edit it at:


On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 12:24 PM Bill Barnhill <w.a.barnhill@gmail.com>

> I went through the Identity Hubs presentation, and the Medium article.
> Though I'm not as versed in Identity Hubs as many of you, I want to
> comment on a couple of things.
> First,  I proposed we talk about two types of agents when we talk
> about identity agents. The first type are the first-class agents that
> act as fiduciaries for their user, have wallet root keys, etc. The
> second type are offline proxy agents, that act on behalf of the user
> when the user is offline, but have more limited privileges. These can
> automatically provide collections managed by a user when that user is
> not online, verify claims on behalf of the user, etc.  This second
> type is distinct enough it might warrant a second Hyperledger project,
> but the Hyperledger folks would be a better judge of that than me. If
> so, perhaps a suitable name might be Gemini (i.e., the offline digital
> twin agent).
> Second, I agree Identity Hub use is a useful set of use cases, but I'd
> also like to see a pure agent-based set of use cases allowed. Instead
> of an Identity Hub managing a user's information for offline retrieval
> you could have a proxy agent run by an agent host (think a Digital
> Ocean Aries Agent droplet, for example).  We should support the people
> who want to use the simplest solution and might gravitate to using an
> Identity Hub, but I also think we should support the people that want
> full decentralization via interacting agents (i.e., a digital
> community as a collection of people and the the digital mesh of their
> agents acting together).


Adrian Gropper MD

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