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Re: The "self-sovereign" problem (was: The SSI protocols challenge)

From: sankarshan <sankarshan@dhiway.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 19:19:44 +0530
Message-ID: <CALPdS9sHFKrTkWvrFb-g0HJV47mihy3K=AjoMKhCVZN131zcfQ@mail.gmail.com>
Cc: "W3C Credentials CG (Public List)" <public-credentials@w3.org>
On Tue, 23 Mar 2021 at 18:40, Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <
mwherman@parallelspace.net> wrote:

> RE: "Decentralized identity" is a *better* choice. Others use
> "self-asserted," I think this has some of the same socio-cultural issues
> that "Self-sovereign" has.
>
>
>
>    1. QUESTION: Why is there this pervasive (pandemic?) of thinking
>    spreading across so many of our communities (CCG, SF, ToIP, etc.) about
>    giving in to this type of authoritarian, centralizationist thinking?
>    Why are people giving up on self-sovereignty in such large numbers?
>    Reference:
>    https://hyperonomy.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/model-2c.-social-evolution-self-sovereignty-political-spectrum-1.png
>
> The representation such as the above often create an all-or-nothing
inference on the topic of SSI. It feels appropriate to cite a recently
published work Doerk, Adrian. (2020). The growth factors of self-sovereign
identity solutions in Europe. 10.6084/m9.figshare.14182586. and especially

*We use the terminology of self-sovereign identity for describing a concept
of giving individuals or organizations control over their digital identity.
The identity resides with the identity subject in question, who is central
to its administration. Sovereignty implies that individuals are equal among
peers and are not administered by a central authority. This doesn't mean
that individuals can suddenly issue themselves a new passport. Instead it
means that individuals have control over how their personal data is shared
and used. Moreover, individuals can now choose whether they would like to
reveal their personal data and also which kind of data they would like to
share in the event of a transaction or interaction. Through the use of
cryptographic proofs SSI enables verifiability for all involved parties.*
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