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

From: Heather Vescent <heathervescent@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 11:01:20 -0700
Message-ID: <CA+C6qMwXS3A=Jopuy0MOt=0C9dthejqjK9+qV5DUTD7S+1atRw@mail.gmail.com>
To: "W3C Credentials CG (Public List)" <public-credentials@w3.org>
I will throw this definition into the arena (from The Comprehensive Guide
to SSI, released in 2018!) with several caveats:
- This was the first report then converted into a book written/released
about SSI. It's practically free now
<https://www.amazon.com/Comprehensive-Guide-Self-Sovereign-Identity-ebook/dp/B07Q3TXLDP/>.
Did I mention it's from 2018?
- It was primarily written by myself & Kaliya Young, and we had it
technically reviewed by Kim Hamilton Duffy and Marcus Sabadello. Others
contributed & reviewed.
- It was written as an introduction to non-insiders to this space, the
audience was/is not this community.
- While technology was included, it was not privileged in order to
understand the broader possibilities.
- Of course parts are outdated, and equally, parts are still relevant.
- It built upon the work of many people in this space, who have deep
technical expertise.
- I'd like to remind everyone of the unconscious bias in tech communities,
which tends to marginalize non-other perspectives.

This community has lamented that our work is not accessible to outsiders,
yet little work has been done to make it so and practically no funding has
been offered - even by the largest organizations who have the most to gain
- to create it. The comprehensive guide to SSI was 100% self funded and
bootstrapped by the principles.

With those caveats, and also remember this was my baby, so I have strong
protective tendencies toward it, I'll share the description we used in it.
Your understanding may vary.

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On Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 10:12 AM Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <
mwherman@parallelspace.net> wrote:

> Same issues Drummond. Sorry.
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> *From:* Drummond Reed <drummond.reed@evernym.com>
> *Sent:* March 23, 2021 10:57 AM
> *To:* Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <mwherman@parallelspace.net>
> *Cc:* sankarshan <sankarshan@dhiway.com>; W3C Credentials CG (Public
> List) <public-credentials@w3.org>
> *Subject:* Re: The "self-sovereign" problem (was: The SSI protocols
> challenge)
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> Michael, the definition is in the first sentence of Chapter 1:
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> Self-sovereign identity—commonly abbreviated SSI—is a new model for
> digital identity on the internet: i.e., how we prove who we are to the
> websites, services, and apps with which we need to establish trusted
> relationships to access or protect pri- vate information.
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> That broad definition was a deliberate choice on behalf of Alex Preukschat
> and I as co-authors of the book. SSI is a digital identity model (not just
> an architectural model, but also a governance model) that is significantly
> different than in the digital identity models of the previous two eras of
> Internet trust infrastructure, per this diagram that I now show at the
> start of all my talks on SSI and ToIP to establish the overall context.
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> On Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 9:27 AM Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <
> mwherman@parallelspace.net> wrote:
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> Hi Drummond, I’ve read through Chapter 1 of the Manning book just now (
> https://livebook.manning.com/book/self-sovereign-identity/chapter-1/v-11/88)
> and couldn’t a succinct nor operational definition for the term/concept of
> Self-Sovereign Identity.
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> The chapter talks “all around” the topic of Self-Sovereign Identity but
> didn’t seem to conclude with an actual definition.  Did I miss it?
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> Michael Herman
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> Far Left Self-Sovereignist
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> *From:* Drummond Reed <drummond.reed@evernym.com>
> *Sent:* March 23, 2021 10:02 AM
> *To:* sankarshan <sankarshan@dhiway.com>
> *Cc:* W3C Credentials CG (Public List) <public-credentials@w3.org>
> *Subject:* Re: The "self-sovereign" problem (was: The SSI protocols
> challenge)
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> +1 to Adrian Doerk's definition in his thesis (which I highly recommend,
> BTW—Adrian's work is very comprehensive and thorough).
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> FWIW, even though the forthcoming Manning book
> <https://www.manning.com/books/self-sovereign-identity> of which I'm a
> co-author (along with 54 contributing authors) is titled "Self-Sovereign
> Identity: Decentralized Digital Identity and Verifiable Credentials", in
> the opening chapter we explain the origin of the term and then recommend
> (and enforce throughout the rest of the book) simply calling it "SSI"—which
> is also what I see happening in the market. I predict that within the next
> 2-3 years, many who have become comfortable with the term "SSI" won't even
> know that it is an acronym or what it stands for (just as many today don't
> know what "IBM" or "ATM" stand for).
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> As a final point, I was a speaker this morning on a webinar hosted
> by Condatis called "Scaling Digital Trust in Healthcare" where Charlie
> Walton, VP Digital Identity at Mastercard, shared the following slide,
> which is the first time I've seen the term "Commercial SSI".
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> On Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 6:54 AM sankarshan <sankarshan@dhiway.com> wrote:
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> On Tue, 23 Mar 2021 at 18:40, Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <
> mwherman@parallelspace.net> wrote:
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> 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.
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>    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
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> 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
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> *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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-- 
Heather Vescent <http://www.heathervescent.com/>
Co-Chair, Credentials Community Group @W3C
<https://www.w3.org/community/credentials/>
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(revised,
Dec 2020)
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