Self-sovereign Identity: A position paper on blockchain enabled identity and the road ahead

Von Ralf Keuper

Vor wenigen Tagen hat der Bundesblock ein weiteres Positionspapier herausgegeben, das die Einsatzmöglichkeiten von Self-sovereign Identities (SSI), d.h. digitalen Identitäten, die unter Kontrolle des Nutzers stehen, den aktuellen Stand der Entwicklung sowie die weiteren Aussichten behandelt.

Definition SSI:

We use the terminology of SSI, as an identity model that allows an individual or entity to have sole control of their digital identity expressed through the use of one or more decentralised identifiers or “DIDs.” Mindful of the associations that arise from the use of the term “self-sovereign,” we want to clarify that self-sovereign refers to this ability to control the use of one’s identifiers that reveal something about their identity. It does not imply that the power of sovereign actors such as the state or public authorities is weakened by the SSI model. Quite the opposite—SSI allows the state to engage directly with citizens and organizations without depending on a third party

In ihrem Paper plädieren die Autoren für die Einführung eines universal identity layers: