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January 17, 2020
vol. 23
Hot off the press
Deep dives
  • Innovation meets compliance: Data privacy regulation and distributed ledger technology: "This Position Paper describes whether and how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to us, the Sovrin Foundation, in our role as an administrator and participant in the Sovrin Network. We also assess whether and how the GDPR applies to other participants in the Sovrin Network, including the Stewards, Transaction Authors, Transaction Endorsers, Agencies, Developers, Holders, Issuers, and Verifiers." —Sovrin Foundation
     
  • BigTech battle: Assessing managed blockchain platform readiness for enterprise use – gearing up for the adoption wave: "In this report, we carry out a market and landscape assessment of 12 such blockchain platforms in terms of their capabilities, ecosystems, and adoption levels....We assess offerings from the following 12 blockchain platforms vendors in this study: Alibaba cloud, AWS, Microsoft Azure, BurstIQ, HPE, IBM, Jelurida, Multichain, Oracle, SAP, Sovrin, and VMware." —Everest Group
Must reads
  • Study: Tinder, Grindr and other apps share sensitive personal data with advertisers: "The push by the privacy rights coalition follows a report published on Tuesday by the Norwegian Consumer Council that found 10 apps collect sensitive information including a user's exact location, sexual orientation, religious and political beliefs, drug use and other information and then transmit the personal data to at least 135 different third-party companies." —NPR
     
  • India’s about to hand people data Americans can only dream of: "Backed by the Reserve Bank of India, it’s an ambitious approach that combines privacy protection with credit reporting: if it works, it could unlock the credit market for millions of Indians while offering new levels of data security and consumer control." —Bloomberg
     
  • Hyperledger Aries community drives growth & interoperability in 2020: "Three projects now exist within the Hyperledger greenhouse (Indy, Aries, Ursa) offering a plethora of tools and libraries to begin the trusted exchange of decentralized identity credentials. More contributors and maintainers than ever are working together collaboratively to drive the evolution of these projects." —Sovrin Foundation
Hear it from the experts
  • Four pillars of an SSI network: "A functioning network for an identity metasystem is a social system, and building it requires a means of building coherence to align the actions of people and organizations. We created the Sovrin Foundation to do that. Over time its role may change, but right now, there are important tasks that must be done to create coherence." —Phil Windley, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sovrin Foundation
     
  • 20 blockchain predictions for 2020: "Instead of logging into Airbnb, Facebook, Uber, et al, you will log into your own self-sovereign browser, and will have the same ability to rent a hotel room, use social media or hail a car, but instead of the legacy application providers the same service will occur peer-to-peer, rather than through a thin layer of rent-seeking intermediation. You’ll get paid $1 dollar a day to look at advertising when on social media instead of Zuckerberg and your ride and home shares will be 2/3rd of the current cost....Ownership and privacy of data will soon be seen as a human right, and self sovereignty is the solution to attaining it." —Andrew Keys, Managing Partner of Digital Asset Risk Management Advisors (DARMA Capital)
     
  • Interview with Darrell O’Donnell: "In 10 years nobody will care that the advent of self-sovereign identity created a seismic shift in both technology and the balance of power. What they will care about is that their lives have been improved." —Darrell O'Donnell, CTO, CULedger
A call for mentors and sponsors
There are multiple opportunities to participate in the SSI Incubator including:
  • Volunteer as a business/technical mentor to guide a SSI-based startup through its early development stages. The 12-week incubator is designed to get the incubator participants ready to present for the SSI Demo Day—the culminating event where they will showcase their SSI solution to a room full of investors. The SSI Incubator is looking for mentors who will share their expertise with the world's most-promising emerging early-stage SSI companies.
     
  • Become an SSI Incubator sponsor. The SSI Incubator hosts a number of digital identity events in San Francisco. By becoming a sponsor of the SSI Incubator, you will be recognized as an advocate for SSI adoption and innovation among industry leaders.
Please contact info@ssiincubator.com to volunteer as a SSI Incubator mentor or sponsor.
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