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A digital identity system needs more than just technical standards. We often hear that the internet is a product of standards, and while that’s true, it also only exists because people strung cable, wrote code, created rules, built organizations, and formed alliances. SSI has similar needs and meeting them won’t happen just because we define nice protocols and write some open source code.

A functioning network for an identity metasystem is a social system, and building it requires a means of building coherence to align the actions of people and organizations. We created the Sovrin Foundation to do that. Over time its role may change, but right now, there are important tasks that must be done to create coherence.

Building a functional SSI network requires that, in addition to the technical standards, we work on several core areas: governance, community, operations, and adoption.