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Re: Extending the co-chair election - NEW DEADLINE: 6/21/22 EOD

From: Harrison <harrison@spokeo.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 13:33:53 -0700
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To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Cc: public-credentials@w3.org
Thanks, Mike, Kim, Brent, Wayne, and Manu, for your kind words and

Thanks, Manu, for your questions because I sincerely enjoy your email
threads over the years.  Below are my responses:

1. What is the top short-term priority for the CCG over
>    the next two years? What must be done?

I don't know yet, but I will answer it in 3 - 4 months after I assume
the co-chair role.  I generally like to do my homework and study history
before recommending any course of action.  I prefer "evolution" over
"pivot" because I have deep respect for how we got here together.

As an aside, I do hope to invite more people from different industries (ex:
the data industry) and disciplines (ex: data integration and AI/ML) to join
this group.  My impression (correct me if I am wrong) is that VC stemmed
from information security and IAM spaces.  While VC is making inroads into
Web3, it is still relatively unknown to other tech communities and the
general public.  Embracing diverse viewpoints can help drive VC/SSI's
adoption.  For example, I think data integration experts can help advance
the Verifiable Presentation part of VC (e.g. how to aggregate and merge
different credentials into a presentation document), and companies serving
verifiers/searchers (which consist of the majority of identity-related
markets by revenue today) can help commercially drive VC's adoption.

2. What difficult conversations do you believe the group
>    has been avoiding, but must have?

I found the threads around "Centralization Dangers" and "Wallet Protocol
Analysis" in March to be very good and informative, so @Manu Sporny
<msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, please continue to share your thoughts.  I
think we need to keep building a "psychologically safe environment" where
people feel comfortable contributing their honest opinions.  As a Google
study has shown, psychological safety (not the number of Master's degrees)
is the key to building a high-performing team.

3. What is the biggest threat to society that DIDs/VCs
>    will unleash (or cause it to fail) and how might we
>    start working to prevent that from happening?

I believe in the "Middle Way", and I think we should avoid extremism or
maximalism because good solutions need proper contexts.  I think VC will be
the predominant identity model in the future, but I don't think it will be
the panacea for everything.  For example, in anti-money laundering and
criminal investigations, I don't think a holder-centric model will work
because the data subject (assuming the data subject is the holder) will try
to hide or fake their true identities.  Just like distributed ledger
technologies has not (and will not) kill existing database technologies
(e.g. SQL, NoSQL, Columnar, Graph databases), we should keep an open mind
about everything and study the problem before dictating the solution.

> 4. How will you prevent us from turning into a cringe-y
>    cult that drinks its own Koolaid? Metaphorically
>    speaking of course. :P

I think "Openness to Experience <https://hexaco.org/scaledescriptions>"
(using HEXACO personality trait terminology) is the attitude we need to
avoid becoming a cult.  Truth is inherently high-dimensionals (e.g. beyond
x, y, z, and time), so we should avoid fixating on one or two facets when
the truth can manifest itself in multiple perspectives.

Please feel free to agree or disagree on any of my comments above, and
please feel free to ask more questions.


> -- manu
> --
> Manu Sporny - https://www.linkedin.com/in/manusporny/
> Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
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