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Vipin Bharathan

Jim St.Clair

Main Event

  • Discuss the Path Forward for the Identity Working Group..

    We have to have a rethink of the rationale and purpose behind the group.

    Some ideas:

    1. Restart the Identity WG paper as a systemization of knowledge (a survey based approach) and guide to the various standardization efforts for Identity
    2. Work with the other working groups to address the breaking/bridging silos to work on common problems (Identity being a cross-silo concern) and often a cross-silo bridger or a pivot.
    3. Talk about reference implementations for Identity in the larger context namely privacy, regulations, decentralizing Identity proofing, authentication and authorization, always in the context of real applications on the blockchain
    4. Drop down the frequency of calls to once a month  

    This is an exciting time for Digital Identity Solutions in the Blockchain space.
    Digital identity was always recognized as foundational in a decentralized ecosystem. A notion of Identity has to exist even before a digital asset is issued and certainly when it is transferred.

    The Identity Working Group is where many important Identity based blockchains and other solutions were incubated and launched in Hyperledger, including Indy and Aries.
    We now have a parallel Identity Implementors Implementers call which is very successful. That call is technology focused on Identity solutions.

    The Identity Working Group has hosted numerous calls that examine Identity in Blockchain from many different angles.
    This has been mostly a presentation-based format, even though we have always encouraged active listening and questions.
    We started on a Identity focused white paper a while ago, but that effort has fizzled out.

    Suggestions from Alfonso Govela


Personally I would like to keep our meetings bi-weekly. My experience with Meetup Groups is that monthly sessions don't generate enough engagement.

The implementers call is tactical and covers a lot of ground.

The wider strategic interests are covered in the Identity WG.

Even the Implementers call covers a bunch of common challenges, even though the the forest is sometimes lost because of the trees.

WGs, SIGs and other groups work on the same or similar solutions, further fragmenting the landscape, there is an effort to create bridges across Silos and groups like IDWG will be ideal for that purpose.