January 31, 2020
vol. 24
Hot off the press
Deep dives
  • Reimagining digital identity: A strategic imperative: "This paper showcases innovative approaches to digital identity that are unlocking new business value for companies while empowering customers with control of their data and protection of their personal freedoms. It highlights the risks of not getting identity right, and the need for collaboration across companies and industries to realize new value. It offers models and considerations for executives to rethink how to approach digital identity in their businesses." —World Economic Forum
  • Guidance for decentralized identity and verifiable claims: "Decentralized identity will disrupt identity management by enabling privacy-enhanced verifiable identity data exchange over the internet. Security and risk management technical professionals should identify relevant use cases and prepare for applicable adoption scenarios." —Gartner
Must reads
Hear it from the experts
  • Businesses must work together to protect users’ digital identities: "Meanwhile, collaborative efforts show how trusted digital identity systems can lead to increased user confidence. For example, collaborative, bank-led digital identities could help reduce the $60 million spent on customer verification globally each year. In the health care industry, seamless and secure sharing of medical information between organizations can save 50% of US GDP. And with the gig economy expected to grow to $335 billion in revenue by 2025, digital identity can enable trust in the legitimacy and credentials of workers, especially on gig and sharing economy platforms." —World Economic Forum
  • How the global refugee crisis is also about identity: "Self-sovereign identity uses 'zero-knowledge proofs', cryptographically securing everyone's data. No personal identifiable data stored on databases. Individuals can prove that they are who they claim they are without revealing their personal identifiable data." —Mariana Dahan, Founder and CEO, World Identity Network
  • Gartner predicts for the future of privacy 2020: "By 2023, 65% of the world’s population will have its personal information covered under modern privacy regulations, up from 10% today." —Gartner
  • Women in blockchain tech at ETH Lagos: Ese Mentie: "On the uPort platform, you own the rights to the data that makes up your identity, and you can share and revoke access to that data at will. Rethinking identification structures could have many positive implications for the African continent, as an estimated 500 million people have no official identification." —Ese Mentie, Director of Quality Assurance, uPort
  • Just Go Grind Podcast: Brittany Laughlin, Blockstack: "Blockstack is built for developers to easily build on top of blockchains. So with the Blockstack technology, if you are a developer and you know Javascript, in as little as an hour you can learn how to build an application on Blockstack." —Brittany Laughlin, Investor Relations at Blockstack PBC and Founding Partner of Lattice Ventures
  • First pillar of an SSI network: Governance: "Governance is critical to universal interoperability in an identity metasystem because all participants must be able to make their own decisions about who and what to trust. Governance gives assurances by providing process and accountability." —Phil Windley, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sovrin Foundation
Upcoming event
Blockchain Summit Latam
Panama City, Florida | March 12-13

Blockchain Summit Latam is a conference that seeks to unite companies, entrepreneurs, institutions, and regulators around the development of blockchain technology in Latin America. One of SSI Incubator's graduated startups, Xertify, will be attending the conference represented by Sebastián Farfán, Co-founder & COO. If you would like to meet up with the Xertify team while there, feel free to reach out to Sebastián on Twitter.
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 to volunteer as a SSI Incubator mentor or sponsor.
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