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. It also shows how a globally shared ledger can enable true self-sovereign identity, where every person, organization, or thing can have its own truly independent digital identity that no other person, company, or government can take away. Most importantly, the paper explains what most distinguishes Sovrin as a distributed identity system: it is the first public permissioned ledger

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v 1.0 – 29 Sep 2016

v 2.0 – 28 March 2017


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