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    Digital ID

    Digital ID usually refers to a single thing, an artefact, that is used to help define our wider digital identity – such as an electronic passport.

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    Digital identity

    For the most part, digital identity is the way we are identified in an interconnected world.

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    Centralized identity system architecture

    A centralized identity system is one where verified credentials are stored and controlled by a single central authority.

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    Decentralized identity system architecture

    A decentralized identity system is one where verified credentials are not stored and controlled by a single, central authority.

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    Data trails

    Data trails refer to the personal information generated through our digital behavior – smartphones tracking location, search engines recording terms, social profiles storing bios, pictures and updates of our lives.

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    Defacto ID

    Tools that track our location, search history, and all of our daily transactions online create digital records that can be used to identify us as a "defacto ID".

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    Issued ID

    An issued ID is, literally, an artefact or credential generated by an institution about an individual – e.g. a national identity card.

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    Self-asserted ID

    Self-asserted ID means an ID that people themselves assert or create – such as when you set up a social media profile.

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    Self sovereignty

    Self-sovereignty is a feature of an ID or identity system, whereby individual users maintain control over when, to whom, and how they assert their identity.

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    Blockchain

    Blockchain is a digital network of records linked together using cryptography.

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