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7 Myths of Self-Sovereign Identity

– Evernym

This blog by Evernym CEO Timothy Ruff is the beginning of his two-part explainer on righting the misconceptions around self-sovereign identity, the idea at the heart of Everynm's identity platform.

Ruff notes this is not a primer for those new to SSI, but rather a deeper look at misconceptions touted by those already familiar with it. He dives into the top misconceptions that "Self-sovereign means self-attested"; "SSI attempts to reduce government’s power over an identity owner"; and that "SSI creates a national or 'universal ID' credential."

While there was clearly hope, there was also skepticism that, in my opinion, stems from misperceptions about what SSI really is and is not.

If SSI really was what these skeptics thought, I wouldn’t favor it either. And if they knew what SSI really is, I think they’d embrace it wholeheartedly.

The perception problem begins with the very term, “self-sovereign.” Self-sovereign identity is not a great term — for lots of reasons — but until we have a better one, (“decentralized identity” is a serious candidate) let’s clarify the one we’ve got.

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