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Stephen Downes

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The first thing I did as I started to read this item is to look up X.509 Certificates on Wikipedia, which made me gulp a little. It's a bit daunting to grasp from scratch. The assertion in this post is that "the abundance of X.509 certificate authorities who already perform identity proofing for businesses provides a rich resource that can be leveraged to boot the verifiable data ecosystem." There are still questions to ask, for example, can we trust these authorities, are they accountable, are the costs reasonable, are they available, and of course, are they technically feasible for the wider population? That said, the idea is new to me, and represents another step in the thinking toward distributed identity (DID).

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