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The Quest for Owning Your Digital Identity

– Microsoft

Why self-sovereign identity can provide everyone with a secure, empowering, and user-controlled ID

The author explains that a lack of legal documentation acts as a barrier to essential services, and puts those without it at risk of issues such as trafficking. Having a unique legal identity is therefore vital, but there are many questions at play about the design of identity systems to ensure they protect users’ information.

“Where the data resides, who retains your data, what third parties do with it, with whom do they share it - these are all current challenges that centralized identity, i.e identity accounts owned by an identity provider grapples with today, yet there is no simple solution for this.”

Tempesta states that decentralized identifiers can put control back into the hands of users, while protecting people’s information and therefore their human rights. One example of this would be blockchain certificates, for graduates to own their diplomas in a decentralized, immutable form.

[Decentralized Identifiers] possess unique characteristics, like greater assurance of immutability, censorship resistance, and tamper evasiveness. These are critical attributes for any ID system that is intended to provide self-ownership and user control

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