Distributed Open Identity: Self-Sovereign OpenID: A Status Report


Self-sovereign Identity is a philosophy. Distributed Identifier (DID) and Verifiable Credentials are aspirational implementations of it. However, a completely new protocol may face formidable adoption challenges as it will easily get into a chicken-and-egg situation of user adoption and service adoption. From this point of view, minimizing the wire-protocol differences to the current mainstream protocols have large advantages as it would be easier at least to persuade service providers to adopt it. After all, most users use its online identity to get services from those service providers and not for the sake of using the identity. In November 2019, OpenID Connect WG decided to separate out Chapter 7 of OpenID Connect Core to make it an independent specification to close the gap between “Self-issued OpenID Provider” and “Self-sovereign Identity”. This session will provide an overview of the development since then and brings the audience up-to-speed on what is happening in the space including Demo of such implementations. It is a follow up of the Identiverse 2019 session “SSO: Self-sovereign OpenID Connect – a ToDo list”. (Decentralized Identity, Mobile, Verified Claims & Credentials, Standards, Preeti Rastogi, Nat Sakimura)

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