Standards for consistency and interoperability are keys to long-term growth and wide adoption. Pithia and industry-leading product companies are creating standards through working groups in several key areas, starting with identity and storage.
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 organizations. 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.
Our mission is to ensure 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.
Purpose and Goals
This group’s efforts and the success of its members will transform how people own and manage their offline and online identities, create new classes of use cases, and improve business, civic, and social outcomes globally. Stronger digital identity solutions will allow users to own and control their own data, conscientiously 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, the use of blockchain platforms will accelerate. Beyond the base RChain platform being delivered by The RChain Cooperative, we’ll promote the development of 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 and interfaces (similar to ERC725).
Pithia shares a vision with many others working on digital identity for solving several 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.
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: helping 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.
Upcoming Working Groups
Details of the working groups for storage, transactions, records, governance, as well as consumer and social interaction and activity will be announced in the coming months.