Decentralized Identity Evening

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Join us for an evening dedicated to the topics around decentralized and Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI)!

Digital identity is a key topic of the coming years. Visions of a healthier, (re)decentralized internet invariably bring it to the forefront. How do we manage, control and govern our personal and shared data? How do we convey and prove relevant facts about ourselves, while retaining our privacy? States, banks and other institutions are already full-in, but tend to centralized solutions. What might be their pitfalls and what are the benefits of decentralized frameworks?
The SSI movement is far from the fringe: it's been a hot topic at several recent identity-related conferences and more and more institutions are piloting the decentralized solutions, including more progressive governments and banks.

Leaders and experts in the field, including the originator of the Self-Sovereign Identity concept Christopher Allen himself, will be gathering in Prague for a week. The evening is a public opening for the "Rebooting the Web of Trust" (#RWoT9, http://rwot9.eventbrite.com) conference, dedicated to creating the next generation of decentralized web-of-trust based identity systems. You will meet experts working on W3C identity-related standards (Decentralized Identifiers (DID), Verifiable Credentials (VC)), as well as representatives and developers from companies working on various implementations (Sovrin, Evernym, Holochain, etc.).
Look into the topics that will be actively worked on during the conference here:
https://github.com/WebOfTrustInfo/rwot9-prague/tree/master/topics-and-advance-readings

Christopher Allen
The originator of the Self-Sovereign Identity concept and its 10 guiding principles, which the decentralized identity communities have rallied around. Co-founded #ID2020, the first digital identity conference at the United Nations, founded #RebootingWebOfTrust, and is a co-chair of the W3C Credentials CG, co-author and architecting the forthcoming Decentralized Identifier (DID) standard.

Kim Hamilton Duffy
Kim is an architect for the Digital Credentials Initiative led by MIT and other major universities. She is a co-chair of the W3C Credentials Community Group and a Decentralized Identity Foundation Steering Committee member. Kim's passion/neurosis is figuring out how to use self-sovereign tech _right now_. Kim will talk about an exciting project from Venn Agency, which is working to transform safety training through Verifiable Credentials and Decentralized Identifers. This talk will called Swashbucking Safety Credentials. You will never be bored by safety training again!

Joe Andrieu
RWoT co-founder, "Functional identity" concept pioneer.

Arthur Brock
Founder of the Holochain project. Created the "Agile Learning Center" concept, which now drives over 80 independent schools across the world. His passion is currency design - under the head of MetaCurrency project, he's been creating various local currencies and writing on the topic for the past 10 years. (You're also welcome for a Holochain hackathon with Arthur just after the RWoT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holochain-hackathon-in-prague-tickets-68086108383)

The evening will be opened by the representatives of Czech Pirate Party, who will briefly introduce the National identity solutions and plans.
There's also a chance of a small panel discussion happening during the evening.
We will be adding more speakers and their topic details in the following days.
On Wednesday the 4th at 20:00, there will be a complementary RWoT event, focused on presentations of specific solutions and work-in-progress of the different teams - stay tuned!

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