The cross-road of online identity

This article aims to explain the current identity-management developments of our society on a meta-level and highlights the importance of self-sovereign identity.

Status quo of online identity:

A person’s online identity is split among a multitude of companies and organisations, which store the personal data of their users on centralised databases. But identity is more than the summary of our login credentials and physical identifiers. The importance lies in the relationship between the individual and the relating party. Currently, we face the problem that most of the time information can’t be proven — only trusted.

A balancing act of personal freedom and government intervention.

The two key aspects, which we need to take into consideration in these scenarios is the degree of government-intervention and personal freedom. While we want to achieve a high degree of personal freedom we also require government interference to ensure legal binding relationships in all domains as well as a suitable regulatory environment with aspects such as eIDAS, GDPR and other statutory law.

User-centric login? Only provided by surveillance capitalists!

Educational content about self-sovereign identity with focus on Europe. Content by Adrian Doerk