Identity Working Group

The key to a strong and recoverable identity is being able to control it by one's self, rather than giving over control to Google, Facebook, or other organization. Additional important features include portability, future proofing, and the ability to control one's presentation, or persona. "Self-sovereign identity" is often used as a phrase for an identity with these attributes.

The blockchain is key to self-sovereign identity. Pithia’s mission includes ensuring that the overall RChain ecosystem grows and thrives, through investing in high-potential companies, especially those able to deliver solutions that help accelerate adoption. We directly support the use of RChain as the internal store and distribution mechanism for identity.

Founding Members

The Identity working group is launching now with five organizations: LifeID, NuID, TrustedKey, Sovrin, and Verif-y. One more organization is expected to join soon.

This group’s efforts and the success of its members will transform how people own and manage their offline and online identities, creating new classes of use cases and improving business, civic, and social outcomes globally. Stronger digital identity solutions will also allow users to own and control their own data, sharing private data with selected parties as appropriate.

The working group will collaboratively identify and produce standards for blockchain protocols, file formats, APIs, and smart contracts.

As agreed-upon interoperable standards for self-sovereign IDs and other protocols are implemented, use of blockchain platforms will accelerate. Beyond the base RChain platform being delivered by the RChain Cooperative, we’ll promote the development basic “horizontal” enablers including platforms and protocols that leverage common data formats (e.g. JSON schemas), traditional APIs (REST, JSON RPC, OpenID Connect), and/or smart contract protocols/interfaces (similar to ERC725).

Pithia shares a vision with many others working on digital identity for solving a number of problems that exist today in popular systems as well as new challenges emerging in the cryptocurrency world. For example, we will help strengthen security of digital identities away from password-based authentication with a mobile-based 2FA (two factor authentication) SMS or authenticator application. Stronger digital identity solutions will in turn allow users to own and control their own data, conscientiously sharing private data with selected parties as appropriate.

The deliverables from this working group -- as they are incorporated into complete solutions by its members and others -- will deliver a number of benefits, potentially including: help reduce individual's risk of losing sensitive data or valuable assets because of somebody else's bad decisions e.g. during KYC background checks, credit checks, and storing PII. This will be achieved through the creation and adoption of self-sovereign digital identity mechanisms that enable individuals to establish, claim, verify, and transfer their online identities across multiple applications and public blockchain implementations.

The charter for the Identity Working Group can be downloaded from GitHub here.