Re: Authorized Issuer Lists

Certainly a timely topic, Manu. Thanks for initiating the discussion.

Much in the way GLEIF introduced the vLEI<>, one could imagine a similar path for the World HigherEd Database<> (or similar index). Eager to explore the implications, unintended consequences, etc. with anyone interested.

Also, for those who might be in NY for UNGA<> (Sept 12-27), we will be co-hosting a series of related events with the goal of building capacity and seeding a practical path for the Global Convention<>.

Learning Economy Fndn<>
From: Manu Sporny <>
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2022 9:19 AM
To: W3C Credentials CG <>
Subject: Authorized Issuer Lists

Hi all,

The topic of "lists of authorized issuers for certain types of
credentials" has been floating around the VC community for a few years
now. We don't seem to have hit a point where implementers and
customers feel they absolutely need the feature, but there has been
enough curiosity around it to perhaps have some exploratory technical
discussions at some of the upcoming conferences.

The basic concept here is: Can a verifier lean on established trust it
has in some authority, such as an accreditation body, to get a list of
issuers for particular types of credentials? To focus on a use case in
education, how would the American Bar Association publish a list of
all law schools that it has accredited to issue law degree VCs?

The following paper calls for the exploration of the topic, starting
at the upcoming RWoT in The Hague (end of September):

Thoughts, concerns, and identification of similar work, are all welcome.

-- manu

Manu Sporny -
Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
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Received on Sunday, 14 August 2022 18:37:43 UTC