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FPWD: Use Cases and Requirements for Decentralized Identifiers

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Use Cases and Requirements for Decentralized Identifiers



This document sets out use cases and requirements for a new type of identifier that has 4 essential characteristics:  decentralized: there should be no central issuing agency; persistent: the identifier should be inherently persistent, not requiring the continued operation of an underling organization; crytopgraphically verifiable: it should be possible to prove control of the identifier cryptographically; resolvable: it should be possible to discover metadata about the identifier. 

Although existing identifiers may display some of these characteristics, none currently displays all four.

Status of the Document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at https://www.w3.org/TR/.

This document was published by the Decentralized Identifier Working Group as a First Public Working Draft.

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Publication as a First Public Working Draft does not imply endorsement by the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.

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This document is governed by the 1 March 2019 W3C Process Document.
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