Hackathon: Decentralized Identifiers

Self-sovereign identity is a hot topic! It gives users the means to control their highly sensitive personal information and identification on trusted devices and aids them in becoming independent from centralized identity providers like Facebook or Amazon. Discussions about the principles of self-sovereign identity (or SSI) have been going on for at least 20 years now and there are a couple of standards emerging. In order to work with these standards helping each other to understand them is key.

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This is where Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) come in. They are a new type of identifier for verifiable, "self-sovereign" digital identity and are fully independent from any centralized registry, identity provider, or certificate authority.

We are currently working on adopting decentralized identifiers to be used in the context of Minerva. For this purpose our devs have teamed up with Austrian self-sovereign identity legend Markus Sabadello and his team at Danube Tech to discuss and create a fitting, platform agnostic solution for mobile devices. It will be implemented in Rust as a generic SDK for Decentralized Identifiers and support different DID methods like sovrin or uPort!

Once we are ready with our first draft we will release it into the wild on GitHub and are looking forward for feedback from the community!

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