Commissioned by the I4A Council and the Sovrin Foundation, this report examines identification management systems in the humanitarian sector that use distributed ledger technology (DLT).
By Phillip J. Windley
Sovrin is an open-source identity network built on distributed ledger technology. Sovrin is public and permissioned. Public means everyone can use it. Permissioned means that the network nodes that ensure consensus of transactions on the ledger are governed, in this case by the nonprofit Sovrin Foundation. Some illustrated practical examples of key Sovrin features in action.
Why Sovrin represents the solution to identity challenges. This whitepaper explains why the Internet does not currently have an identity layer and how the emergence of distributed ledger technology (DLT) finally makes one possible.
This report explores why digital guardianship is a core principle in the Sovrin Governance Framework and a core feature of the Sovrin Network and other SSI architectures.
By Dmitry Khovratovich and Jason Law
This is the original paper that describes the core ideas behind the Sovrin Network and how they implement self-sovereign identity at a global scale.
By Andrew Tobin
A white paper from Evernym in cooperation with the Sovrin Foundation. An overview of what is on the Sovrin Network distributed ledger and why.
A comprehensive, highly readable 40 page paper describing the complete Sovrin ecosystem, including the problems Sovrin is designed to solve; why it is designed to be a global public utility; how the overall architecture is designed for for resilience, privacy and scalability; the markets it is expected to impact.
By Daniel Hardman
What happens when my device is stolen? What happens if I forget my private key? What happens when my private keys are compromised or lost? This document will explore multiple scenarios when an identity holder loses control of their cloud agent through theft, hack or forgetfulness.
The constitution of the Sovrin Network—specifies the business, legal, and technical policies governing Sovrin as a global public utility.
The Sovrin Governance Framework V2 is now in public review—see this page.
The original Sovrin Provisional Trust Framework was published on 28 Jun 2017.
A technical orientation guide using the Sovrin Command Line Interface.
The current agreement in force between the Sovrin Foundation and the trusted organizations operating validator nodes on the Sovrin network.
The new Sovrin Steward Agreement is now in public review—see this page.
The current Sovrin Steward Agreement was published on 28 Jun 2017.
Defines 248 terms used in self-sovereign identity infrastructure. This is the official glossary used by all documents in the Sovrin Governance Framework—it was approved by the Sovrin Board of Trustees on 27 March 2019. Includes eight illustrated appendices (32 pages) that describe core terms in detail.