August 23, 2019
vol. 6
Upcoming event: The State of Identity
Self-Sovereign Identity Incubator will be holding its kick-off event on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:00 pm PDT in the heart of San Francisco, California. Learn about current developments in the SSI world, the future of digital identity, and meet the early-stage identity startups we've selected for SSII's Fall 2019 cohort.

Representatives from some of the world's leading digital identity protocols and systems will discuss digital identity and more in a panel discussion titled "The State of Digital Identity: Bringing Blockchain, Decentralization, and Self-Sovereign ID to the Internet".

The panel will be moderated by:
  • Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Daniel Buchner, Decentralized Identity, Microsoft
  • Pelle Braendgaard, CTO, uPort (a ConsenSys formation)
  • Greg Kidd, co-founder of Hard Yaka, co-founder & CEO of globaliD
  • Dr. Phil Windley, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sovrin Foundation
Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort hosted by the Linux Foundation, is sponsoring the event. There is availability for one more organization to be a co-sponsor. For sponsorship inquiries, contact
Reserve your spot
Hot off the press
Must reads
  • The future of the personal brand is self-sovereign identity: "We know blockchain will transform our identity online, but few people speak about how it can elevate the personal brand and incentivize us to create more transparent and authentic digital personas and revealing personal brands." —WOM Protocol, Aug. 22, 2019
  • Who gets to own your digital identity?: "Even though anonymity is still a hot topic and sought after in the online world, times have changed. With the rise of online banking, social media, e-commerce and peer-to-peer services, a verified digital identity is a crucial ingredient in making any digital platform succeed." —TechCrunch, Aug. 22, 2019
  • How to prove you aren’t a dog: Blockchains for identity management and certification: "Blockchain identity management systems are intended to address many of the shortcomings inherent in pre-digital identity management approaches. They can provide a high degree of trust while providing individuals a high degree of control over the personal information others are allowed to see." —Ventana Research, Aug. 22, 2019
  • Draining data moats: What happens when consumers take control of their own data?: "SSI gives individuals complete control over a single, aggregated identity, and they are the first step in consumers deriving explicit value from their data. The blockchain is also the key to capturing this value." —Forbes, Aug. 21, 2019
Hear it from the experts
Deep dives
  • Investments in blockchain 2019: $23.7 billion raised by 3738 blockchain companies since 2013: "However, there is a shift from focusing purely on cryptocurrency to convergence applications. AI leads the pack, with Fintech and data analytics starting to close the gap. A growing area of focus is data ownership, along with increasing new interest in self-sovereign identity following the recent data exploitation scandals." —Outlier Ventures
  • Cyber Risk Analytics: 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report: "2019 on track to being the worst year on record for breach activity. Compared to the midyear of 2018, the number of reported breaches was up 54 percent, and the number of exposed records was up 52 percent. Already in 2019, three breaches have made the list for the ten largest breaches of all time." —RiskBased Security
  • Distributed ledger identification systems in the humanitarian sector: "Recipients of humanitarian aid are often at the height of their vulnerability and the recording of their information poses a serious threat to the security and rights of individuals and groups." —Identity for All (I4A) Council, Sovrin Foundation
Quote of the week
“SSI is hitting the identity community like a tsunami, completely changing the foundations of how digital identity will work in the future.”

—Markus Sabadello, Founder of Danube Tech
Sponsorship opportunity
If your organization would be interested in being featured as a sponsor of The SSI Sweep, please contact
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