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Re: Using Email as an Identifier

From: Leah Houston, MD <leah@hpec.io>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2021 11:38:17 -0500
Message-ID: <CAMWC-kitipHMqNDwFMQewif9GSDjcWhQjNxA-A01ggJ7AD1WQQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Kerri Lemoie <klemoie@concentricsky.com>
Cc: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>, public-vc-edu@w3.org
Hi All-

Our walle and credential issuing systemt ties DID's to Emails
It's the only way we could make it easy for credential issuers to KNOW they
were sending it to the right credential holder:
Here is how it works <https://studio.youtube.com/video/y3rJpbKZIWo/edit>-->
(old video from our staging environment - now in full production)
Feedback on that welcome from anyone.


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On Fri, Nov 12, 2021 at 11:06 AM Kerri Lemoie <klemoie@concentricsky.com>

> Hello all,
> There’s been an ongoing discussion in the Open Badges community about
> using email addresses as an identifier when a wallet is not being used.
> This is a dilemma particularly in the Open Badges community because it has
> been using email addresses as recipient identifiers. Over the years using
> emails as identifiers has been problematic in numerous ways especially
> considering that the recipients don’t have control over their email
> addresses and in the past has led to lost badges. Even still, it’s a
> challenging topic especially because DIDs are a new concept and not as easy
> to understand as email yet.
> The VC spec indicates that if an identifier is used in the
> credentialSubject that it should be a URI. An email could be described by a
> URI and also, from what I can tell, it wouldn’t be a huge stretch to use
> did:web to point to an account that has an email address associated with it.
> Please note that I personally don’t support using email addresses or even
> references to email addresses as identifiers (on the fence about the
> did:web accounts approach as a bridge) but I’m curious to hear the
> community's thoughts on this and wonder if there are any wallets that would
> consider supporting email identifiers in some form should Open Badges
> recipients want to move their badges to a wallet at a later time?
> Thanks,
> K.
> --------
> Kerri Lemoie, PhD
> Director, Digital Credentials Research & Innovation
> badgr.com <https://info.badgr.com/> | concentricsky.com
> she/her/hers
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