I like this because cracking civil identity (highly assured identities that can be used for high value transactions eg pay your taxes, open a bank account) that is self-sovereign is the toughest nut to crack. This video is great for highlighting the importance of Civil Identity and making physical and human what we are trying to achieve through Sovrin in the logical world. Couple of thoughts:
- Interesting that when it comes to our consumer and online identities we're trying to move away from needing a central authority to give us one so it's easy to forget how important having a high-assured Civil Identity is. Yet when we say 'identity' that's what most people think of, ie: the kind of identity in your passport.
- What would a self-sovereign identity look like in the real world for Civil identity? How could Mohammed & Noor build their civil identity in a Sovrin world? When they were first noticed on the scan, or with that little blue line or just when the local midwife (maybe a special kind of Trust Anchor) confirmed to mum that she was pregnant, maybe that generates a DID that's linked to mum? Then each of the 3rd party claims from those they had interacted with in their short lives would count. Scans if they had them, claims made by mum could be confirmed by dad or medical professionals, or friends and relatives that felt those first kicks. Those present at the birth could confirm that Noor's DID reached the real world from mum? Official documents like the birth registry, the parents' marriage certificate could all contribute. When they crossed the border, the border officials could add photos of them coming together, where they had come from and where they were travelling to... So throughout their lives they could just 'level up the quality of their identity for the purposes of civil transactions. I think in a self-sovereign world, lots of smaller verifications from the crowd are at least as valuable as those big ones from large organisations. Trulioo (https://www.trulioo.com/) have made some progress in translating social media interactions and accounts into identity assurance products, some of the same approaches could usefully be employed here.