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RE: Open Wallet Foundation (and how it might fail)

From: John, Anil <anil.john@hq.dhs.gov>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:15:36 +0000
To: W3C Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
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Manu > … dilutes focus in the technical specification work ...

I would be curious to understand where the “technical specification work”, as it relates to digital wallets, is taking place currently in a manner that:

  *   Is open and visible to the global community
  *   Has a mechanism in place to move it into formal standardization pathways
  *   The output of the work is open, royalty free, patent free and free to use by anyone globally

I consider digital wallets to be both critically important to the DID/VC ecosystem AND simultaneously the most hand-waved over piece of implementation infrastructure!

The gaps that I can see existing include:

  *   A clear articulation of what features/capabilities should be within a core, normative, baseline of a digital wallet that is expected to store and manage high value credentials, and what should be optional / value add
  *   How those features can be detected by issuers and verifiers
     *   Independent testing / evaluation
     *   Cryptographic Challenge/Response
     *   Formal Certification / Accreditation by some entity after an in-depth technical and business model review
  *   How wallets can signal intent and capability to an Issuer and Verifier such that they can make a risk-based decision to interact with that wallet

… and so much more!

Best Regards,


Anil John
Technical Director, Silicon Valley Innovation Program
Science and Technology Directorate
US Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC, USA

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