Verifiable Credentials and DiDs

Presenter: Manu Sporny, Digital Bazaar
Duration: 5 min
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Verifiable Credentials

and Decentralized Identifiers

A picture of the DID Recommendation press release with an overlay noting that there were 43 testimonials, the most testimonials for a press release in W3C history *

* 40 testimonials, the most for any W3C press release in 25+ years

Verifiable Credentials

A privacy-preserving technology for issuing, storing, and presenting education degrees, government issued ID cards, shipping container manifests, certified product information, and other machine-readable credentials.

A picture of a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Permanent Resident Card that contains a picture of the individual and a variety of information about the individual such as their name, government issued identifier, where they were born, and other biographic and biometric information that can be used to identify the individual.

Decentralized Identifiers

An identifier technology based on cryptography that empowers us to control our personal data and consent to its usage; often paired with Verifiable Credentials.

An example of a decentralized identifier shown left to right the 'did' scheme, followed by a colon, followed by an 'example' DID Method identifier, followed by another colon, followed by a method specific identifier with the characters '123456789abcdefghi' is shown.

Deployment and Funding

  • Steel, Oil, Agriculture Shipment into US Customs ($2.3T in goods/year)

Growing Community

  • W3C Verifiable Credentials WG (41 companies, 97 people)

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