Stephen Downes

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Self-sovereign identity is like a digital wallet. It contains credentials issued by governments and other agencies. You hold your wallet and show your credentials only when you want to. The credentials are digitally signed and registered so they can't be forged. This is a pretty comprehensive guide, though it is not written as clearly as it could be. For example, "Personal Data is not stored on centralised servers. Meaning that for hackers to steal 50 million digital identity records they would have to hack those 50 million people individually. Considerably more difficult." Written properly, this would be clearer. The same is true for the article as a whole. But it's still worth passing along, because the information is valuable and relevant. But don't pay money for any of this yet. Wait for the government-backed credentials to come onstream. Via Kieran Forde.

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