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Thursday, September 13 • 10:00am - 10:50am
PRO TALK: Blockchain for Self-Sovereign Identity

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In today’s digital landscape, we don’t own our digital identities. We might be able to control what information we put online, and manage how it’s used to a degree, but once we give that data to Facebook, Google, or Microsoft, they own it. The emerging technology of blockchain has the potential to change that with the concept of self-sovereign identity (SSID). With SSID, individuals could maintain control over their digital identities, as well as how it is used and where it is stored. This would benefit businesses and consumers alike, simplifying efforts like KYC that cost financial institutions millions of dollars a year, and preventing data theft or misuse like the current Facebook/Cambridge Analytica fiasco. Blockchain is a widely discussed topic under self-sovereign identity. There are many ongoing initiatives including the Sovrin Foundation, W3C Credentials Community Group, Decentralized IDentifiers (DIDs) to build identity on blockchain. This talk explores the evolution of identity management in the era of blockchain.

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Prabath Siriwardena

Engineer, WSO2
Prabath Siriwardena (@prabath) is an identity evangelist, author, blogger and the VP of Identity Management and Security at WSO2, with more than 11 years of industry experience in designing and building critical Identity and Access Management (IAM) infrastructure for global enterprises... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
Workshop Room 3