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The Evolution of Digital Identity

  • Viewpoint
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Arjun Govind
  • 7 May 2020

An article tracing the history of digital identity and making predictions about its future

The author outlines the early landscape of the internet and how digital identity has changed over time, noting that currently, identities online are hugely fragmented, posing a security risk.

“The more accounts you have, the more likely it is for any one of those accounts to be compromised, ultimately hurting your identity.”

As an alternative, federated identity (FID) such as logging in with Google only requires one ID - but this requires a huge amount of trust in a single provider. The author concludes that a third way is possible - self-sovereign identity (SSI), which he claims could be the future of digital ID.

Self-Sovereign Identity has the potential to fundamentally alter the way we view identity, eliminating the need to trust a single entity and returning control back to the user

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