In addition to the global identity governance networks like Sovrin, SSI pioneers are also developing localized ecosystem collaborations.
In Alberta the state owned bank ATB Financial is building ‘ACE’, the Alberta Credential Ecosystem, a local collaboration of organizations beginning to adopt SSI and achieve integrated services through sharing SSI credentials, an initiative led by Mike Brown.
The power of ecosystems are key to an exponential future! #SUCanSummit
The Alberta Credential Ecosystem is an example of how we're embracing a future of Self Sovereign identity #SSI and #blockchain to give individuals control of their identity
— Mike Brown (@mike_brown_yyc) April 23, 2019
Building a Local Identity Ecosystem
What this highlights is that both global and local collaboration is key.
Where global ecosystems like Sovrin enable the core inter-operation, there is still a need for localized collaborations to operationalize these capabilities, even in the simple terms of building partner relationships through meet ups and workshops. From these comes the realization of how and where to apply the technology to best deliver mutually beneficial business results.
Presenting to the SSI Meetup community, Mike explains the journey thus far for developing ACE.
The principle objective has been to form a collaboration network of local organizations, what Mike defines as a ‘multi-sided marketplace’, including universities, utilities, telcos, local and city government, to identify where they have intersecting business processes that would be well served through an SSI-integrated workflow.
Having modeled these scenarios they have then developed Proof of Concept prototypes. For example working with Telus, the local telco, they linked a banking credential to enable a new account opening process. With IBM and Workday they linked the other way, connecting a new employee onboarding process to payroll banking set up.
Future work includes an in-depth review of digital wallet options and the role they will play in enabling user-centric services for citizens, in particular how best to address the critical issue of key management.
Presenting at the Hyperledger Global Forum Mike shared this lightning talk that showed these developments within an overall context for the bank, with SSI being one of five main focus areas, the others being inter-banking operations, enterprise solutions, cryptocurrencies and payment solutions.
Building the Scottish Credential Ecosystem with Self-Sovereign Identity
In this video of a presentation at Napier University Andy Tobin of Evernym proposes Scotland should follow their lead and develop the ‘SCE’ – Scottish Credential Ecosystem.
Using examples of physical documents like drivers licences, Andy explains how these are identity credentials that are used to prove who we are to facilitate business processes, such as opening a new bank account, and the essence of Digital Identity is the digitization of these documents and these proofing functions, so that their equivalent purpose can be replicated online.
What this highlights is that both global and local collaboration is key. Where global ecosystems like Sovrin enable the core inter-operation, there is still a need for localized collaborations to operationalize these capabilities, even in the simple terms of building partner relationships through meet ups and workshops. From these comes the realization of how and where to apply the technology to best deliver mutually beneficial business results.
Technology alone won’t achieve the overall goal – Governance is also needed to regulate how organizations will collaborate and inter-operate with one another, such as Identity Providers and Banks, to facilitate these exchanges so the overall system is one of an ecosystem. Their interoperation is key to enabling a frictionless online experience.
Andy explains the key dynamic of ‘Self-Sovereign Identity’ is that it is decentralized versus centralized, achieved through ‘DID’ open standards. Rather than a single, central database of Identity information users themselves hold, manage and present their own digital credentials, via digital wallets such as Evernym’s Connect.me.
This mirrors the physical world, where users carry their credential documents like their drivers licence in their wallet.
Furthermore programs like Alberta’s then localize this collaboration, providing a community vehicle for participants to zero in on the specific use cases they want to digitally enable through SSI, such as how local Telecomms, Government, Healthcare and Insurance organizations might interoperate to facilitate shared business processes.
Andy proposes an equivalent Scottish program to repeat this same pioneering innovation and position Scotland at the forefront of the Digital Identity revolution.