Community Posts

April 23, 2020

An Invitation to Attend the Internet Identity Workshop #30

The 30th edition of the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) will be taking place from April 28th to 30th, and unlike previous editions, this one will be totally online. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for the Sovrin community to come together to accelerate the SSI mission of “decentralized identity for all”.   Someone once said that IIW […]

April 22, 2020

Sovrin Community Aids in Global Initiative to Tackle COVID-19 Challenges

On April 17th, the COVID-19 Credentials Initiative (CCI) was launched bringing public awareness to a call for action from the self-sovereign identity (SSI) community to fast-track an “immunity passport” solution to help curb the current coronavirus pandemic. The mission statement for CCI states that the initiative is a “global, cross-sector community of organizations using digital […]

April 8, 2020

Sovrin Evolution—Community Members Working Together

The Sovrin Network has reached the status of a global leader in blockchain digital identity technology because our goal of self-sovereign identity for all is both industry agnostic and untethered to any nation, state, company, or enterprise. Our technology is adaptable and scalable—and it has been built by an open-source developer community nurtured by the […]

March 16, 2020

Next Steps for the Sovrin Foundation

To the Sovrin community and the world that depends on it— A search for “self-sovereign identity” brings close to 200,000 results.  At the top of those results, and prominent within the rest, is the Sovrin Foundation, which has led the SSI movement from the start. The Sovrin Network, built and maintained as a decentralized utility, […]

March 13, 2020

The Status of the Sovrin Foundation

Click here for updated information. To the Sovrin Community –  We would like to share an update from the Sovrin Foundation. The recent economic climate has forced the Foundation to make some changes to our operations.  Sovrin Network The Sovrin Network is operational. Stewards are operating validator nodes and transactions are being validated and added […]

March 10, 2020

Sovrin Community Guest Post: Coronavirus Propels Digital Identity Despite Limitations

Scott Perry owns and operates Scott S. Perry CPA PLLC, a boutique cybersecurity CPA audit Firm which is one of only seven Firms qualified to audit public Certification Authorities (internet trust anchors) in the U.S. He is a founding member of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group and has lent his expertise to major sections of the Sovrin […]

March 3, 2020

Sovrin Foundation Community Involvement

Note: In celebration of Sovrin Foundation’s new membership program, the Foundation is providing periodic updates on the impactful work taking place across the community.  At the Sovrin Foundation we believe in ‘Identity for All’. This means that every person and organization around the world should have access to a digital identity that they, and they […]

March 2, 2020

The promise of self-sovereign identity and its impact across industries

It’s no secret that a new model for digital identity is emerging, and trust is the foundational layer. Businesses and organizations are increasingly focused on how they can establish more trusted relationships with their customers. According to Accenture, lack of trust costs global brands $2.5 trillion annually as users desert them for competitors. Additionally, governments […]

February 17, 2020

Fourth pillar of an SSI network: SSI advocacy

Note: In celebration of Sovrin Foundation’s new membership program, the Foundation is writing a series of blogs that highlight the core activities it provides as a nonprofit which Sovrin Chairman Phil Windley refers to as the “Four Pillars of an SSI Network”. Much of the material used in this blog post was originally published on […]

February 13, 2020

Third pillar of an SSI network: Community engagement

Note: In celebration of Sovrin Foundation’s new membership program, the Foundation is writing a series of blogs that highlight the core activities it provides as a nonprofit which Sovrin Chairman Phil Windley refers to as the “Four Pillars of an SSI Network”. Much of the material used in this blog post was originally published on […]

February 4, 2020

Second pillar of an SSI network: Network operations

Note: In celebration of Sovrin Foundation’s new membership program, the Foundation is writing a series of blogs that highlight the core activities it provides as a nonprofit which Sovrin Chairman Phil Windley refers to as the “Four Pillars of an SSI Network”. Much of the material used in this blog post was originally published on […]

January 30, 2020

First pillar of an SSI network: Governance

Note: In celebration of Sovrin Foundation’s new membership program, the Foundation is writing a series of blogs that highlight the core activities it provides as a nonprofit which Sovrin Chairman Phil Windley refers to as the “Four Pillars of an SSI Network”. Much of the material used in this blog post was originally published on […]

January 28, 2020

Become a member of the Sovrin Foundation

Announcing Sovrin Foundation’s new membership program for champions of data protection and privacy. Note: The Sovrin Foundation has a new membership program for individuals and organizations that wish to become involved with and support the mission of the Sovrin Foundation. To celebrate the start of this initiative, the Foundation will publish a series of blog […]

January 8, 2020

Giving people the privacy protection they need in the coming decade

The Sovrin Network shows how blockchain-based digital identity systems simplify and strengthen data privacy. The emergence of data privacy as a consumer right over the past decade accelerated through a series of scandals and data breaches and reached a crescendo with the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Better known as GDPR, […]

January 6, 2020

Hyperledger Aries community drives growth & interoperability in 2020

In the space of just a few short months, the landscape for the Hyperledger Identity community has dramatically altered. Three projects now exist within the Hyperledger greenhouse (Indy, Aries, Ursa) offering a plethora of tools and libraries to begin the trusted exchange of decentralized identity credentials. More contributors and maintainers than ever are working together […]

November 11, 2019

Building a community of self-sovereign identity allies to forge alliances and moving decentralized identity forward

Last week, the DID Alliance, a new initiative focusing on usability and provenance for decentralized identity, issued a press release announcing the launch of their organization. In the press release, the DID Alliance mistakenly included the Sovrin Foundation in their list of members. While the Sovrin Foundation has been working with the DID Alliance in […]

September 10, 2019

The Sovrin Foundation announces a new Task Force on Compliance and Payments

Digital tokens, digital payments, and other forms of digital value exchange experienced  explosive growth over the past few years. Transmitting money or other types of stored value digitally is almost always faster and more convenient for both parties—and is often  more secure. As a result, companies outside of formal regulated banking are now offering financial […]

August 30, 2019

The vision for a truly trustworthy internet

By Scott Perry, member of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group Scott Perry owns and operates Scott S. Perry CPA PLLC, a boutique cybersecurity CPA audit Firm which is one of only seven Firms qualified to audit public Certification Authorities (internet trust anchors) in the U.S.. He is a founding member of the Sovrin Governance […]

August 20, 2019

Sovrin governance spotlight: Economic Advisory Council

Earlier this year, issuers of Sovrin-based verifiable credentials started writing directly to the Sovrin Public Ledger. This significant milestone for the Sovrin Network not only supports the mission of the Sovrin Foundation in providing Identity for All, but also the work of the Sovrin Stewards and Transaction Endorsers that are bringing self-sovereign identity products and […]

July 30, 2019

An incubator for digital independence

By: Heather Dahl, Executive Director & CEO, Sovrin Foundation On July 23rd, the Sovrin Foundation announced the launch of the first ever incubator for decentralized digital identity. The Self-Sovereign Identity Incubator, which will be based in San Francisco, marks the transition from decentralized identity as a concept that can solve the persistent problem of verifying […]

July 8, 2019

Announcing four Sovrin Governance Framework WG Task Forces

By Drummond Reed, Chair of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group After finishing V2 of the Sovrin Governance Framework, the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group (SGFWG) has launched four task forces to continue exploring the cutting edge of policy for self-sovereign identity (SSI) and verifiable credentials. Each of these task forces is tackling a problem […]

June 20, 2019

Sovrin on Technometria

Thoughts on Libra Originally posted on Technometria by Phil Windley Chair, Sovrin Foundation Board of Trustees Summary Facebook has announced their Libra cryptocurrency. This is good news for cryptocurrencies and market-incentivized networks. I worry that Libra’s financial inclusion might come with an attendent loss of privacy or autonomy.     Yesterday, after months of speculation, Facebook […]

May 22, 2019

Announcing the new Sovrin Governance Framework blog series

By Drummond Reed, Chair of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group Welcome to the new monthly blog of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group (SGFWG). We are launching this blog to celebrate the launch of the Sovrin Governance Framework (SGF) Version 2, which was formally approved by the Sovrin Board of Trustees on 27 March […]

May 21, 2019

Sovrin proudly contributes to Hyperledger Aries

By Sam Curren, Sovrin Agent Architect One of the clear highlights of Consensus 2019 for the decentralized identity community was when Brian Behlendorf took the stage and announced Hyperledger Aries, the newest project to be accepted into Hyperledger under the Linux Foundation. Sovrin Foundation led the charge for Aries to be added to Hyperledger. Aries […]

April 15, 2019

Sovrin Foundation joins EU blockchain association as founding member

The Sovrin Foundation is proud to be a part of a community where digital innovation inspires collaboration among distinct sectors of society to advance technologies that will ultimately improve the way we live. One such example occurred on April 3, 2019 when the European Union Commission launched the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA). […]

February 18, 2019

2018 Yearly Report—Moving Forward

Dear Sovrin Community, I’m delighted to share with you the Sovrin Foundation 2018 annual report showcasing the fantastic growth and stability we saw last year. To date, the Sovrin Foundation has approved over 70 Stewards and welcomed contributions from over 250 unique contributors. Some of the highlights of the report include: Upgrading the Sovrin Network with key […]

January 4, 2019

Sovrin looks forward to the New Year

Dear Sovrin Community  –  Within the Sovrin Foundation you’ll find a combination of unique traits that are woven into the fabric of this small, but growing, organization. Perhaps these traits are a function of the size of our organization and its humble beginnings. Small groups of people with shared passions often work well together. Perhaps […]

December 20, 2018

Self-sovereign identity video: An introduction to Sovrin

Imagine a world where the things you use to prove your existence in the physical world (like a driver’s license, passport or college degree) could be securely stored, managed and shared online. The Sovrin Network is designed to do this. Sovrin gives identity holders the ability to manage controllable, trustworthy, and verifiable digital credentials– that […]

December 14, 2018

Workday’s Behind the Cloud Series Features Sovrin Foundation Chairman

Behind the Cloud is a video series produced by Workday, (NASDAQ: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The series explores the technology and people integral to the enterprise cloud. Dr. Phillip Windley, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Sovrin Foundation and co-founder of the Internet Identity Workshop, […]

December 3, 2018

Evernym accelerator program: A global community building the future of identity with Sovrin

  Last month, self-sovereign identity (SSI) pioneer, Evernym, launched an Accelerator Program to encourage the widespread adoption of SSI. The Accelerator Program provides a collaborative forum for organizations to learn the technical, business and policy-related implications for SSI so that they can deploy decentralized identity solutions as quickly as possible. Participants also gain direct access […]