Blockchain ID Sovrin Foundation Launches Global Collaborative For Developing Digital Identity

Blockchain, Group, News | March 29, 2019 By:

The Sovrin Foundation has formed a new group that aims to become the world’s leading destination for self-sovereign identity (SSI) education and collaboration.

The Sovrin Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to administer the Governance Framework governing the Sovrin Network, a decentralized global public network enabling self-sovereign identity on the internet. The Sovrin Network is an open source project operated by independent Stewards and uses the power of blockchain to give every person, organization, and thing the ability to own and control their own permanent digital identity.

Called the Sovrin Alliance, the new group includes CULedger, Desert Financial Credit Union, globaliD, IBM, Irish Life, and Unveil.Social as founding sponsors. The goal of the alliance is to shape the future of SSI and the Sovrin Network as it will be the place where organizations from around the world can learn, connect, share, develop, and create interoperability.

Members will ensure that the standards being discussed are as compatible as possible and the principles and values of the Sovrin Network are preserved. They will also seek to increase overall awareness of the groundbreaking benefits of SSI technology both inside and outside the developer community.

“Self-sovereign identity was created by a community of people who want to solve the internet’s identity problem by giving people control of their identities,” said Heather Dahl, Executive Director & CEO of the Sovrin Foundation. “To make this a global reality, we need to build a global community. The Sovrin Alliance will do this by providing the space for people to learn about and collaborate on SSI at all levels of experience. If we want the Sovrin Network to grow, we need a space where developers, enterprises, NGOs, governments, and others can work together on SSI implementations and projects.”

According to the foundation, companies who want to join the alliance will receive the technical and educational resources they need for their SSI-related pilots, POCs, and use cases, while working alongside the world’s leading SSI advocates. The alliance will also sponsor digital identity events, an SSI certificate program, custom virtual workshops, technical consulting appointments, and opportunities to showcase projects.

“The Sovrin Network provides a new global governance framework that will drive greater interoperability and a new trust model for securely sharing private information,” said Adam Gunther, Director, IBM Blockchain Trusted Identity and Network Services. “This goal is only possible through broad community-wide support from diverse organizations supporting the vision of self-sovereign identity. We feel strongly about advancing this approach, scaling the technology and are eager to welcome other members to help drive global adoption of this important initiative.”