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Re: "there's a cred for that"

From: Sam Chase <samantha@venn.agency>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:54:50 -0800
Cc: public-credentials@w3.org
Message-Id: <B4CCBB30-392F-4DB4-A811-C003E0B01825@venn.agency>
To: David Chadwick <D.W.Chadwick@kent.ac.uk>
That could also have the effect of “blockchain blockchain blockchain blockchain blockchain” 
Evangelism too easily becomes Maslow’s hammer. 
It is my hope that this community looks a little more closely at standards that a VC already impacts like ISO27001, where does a VC fit into existing ISMS standards and practices? 

Instead of shouting from the rooftops there’s a “VC for that” I would be keen to know, who/what is aiming to solve problems that would be helped by verifiable credentials. As someone that has been in this community for more than a moment, and it working commercially with VCs, it’s beyond frustrating to see how few of these big ideas and exuberant fixes ever touch a real use case. 

In case you don’t remember “there’s an app for that” was a really great way to fill the App Store with nonsensical cul de sacs of content that are left to rot redundantly across apple data centers globally.  That all the money that went to app development fast tracked the siloed centralized experience we now call the web. That the same people who made “there’s an app for that” would say “the web is dead” in the same breath. 

Perhaps some deeper thought on practical applications, some outreach to REAL use cases and some conversations with standards bodies with similar goals would be a better use of our energy. 

> On Dec 13, 2019, at 12:15 AM, David Chadwick <D.W.Chadwick@kent.ac.uk> wrote:
> 
> Good idea,
> 
> or maybe "There's a VC for that"
> 
> David
> 
>> On 13/12/2019 14:48, Daniel Hardman wrote:
>> When smart phones first became a thing, "there's an app for that" became a meme-like catch phrase.
>> 
>> I want to suggest that we evangelize a similar thing with respect to verifiable credentials.
>> 
>> You want to prove you {have a degree | got vaccinated | gave or received consent | are a citizen | bought a ticket | qualify for a loan | did KYC | have a security clearance | are a reputable Uber driver | login to a website}? There's a (verifiable) cred for that.
>> 
>> Maybe a drumbeat of this phrase will catch.
>> 
>> --Daniel
> 
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