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The other kind of DID

From: Wayne Chang <wyc@fastmail.fm>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2020 15:34:41 -0400
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To: "W3C Credentials CG" <public-credentials@w3.org>
While exploring SIP communications options to ensure accessibility, I found myself rekindling with the other kind of DID: Direct Inward Dial (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_inward_dial) numbers from the telephony world. Their function is curiously similar to what our DIDs want to do (albeit in a more trusted way), in terms of authentication and brokering communications. You can buy blocks of these things through various websites:

https://www.voip-info.org/did-service-providers/

How will people and businesses get their Decentralized Identifiers en mass? With self-custodial DID methods, can spawn our own. But is that the way most people will want to get them? What can we intellectually arbitrage or know to avoid around process, security, and governance from the other kind of DID?
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