Workday’s Behind the Cloud Series Features Sovrin Foundation Chairman

December 14, 2018

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, sat down with Behind the Cloud host David Clarke to talk about the challenges facing internet identity today.

In the episode, Dr. Windley explains how a self-sovereign identity (SSI) solution like the Sovrin Network presents an unprecedented opportunity to provide trusted, secure and authenticated identities for online interactions. He goes on to describe how the internet was created with an identity layer, but for machines not people, and most people online had trusted identities provided by universities and enterprises. “We just kind of pushed Identity to the edges,” says Dr. Windley. “When the internet went mainstream in the 90’s, all of a sudden people were coming online that didn’t have these kinds of relationships.” He also describes the problems of the most common form of identity systems today that rely on usernames and passwords, creating a cumbersome and siloed identification system ridden with security risks.

The conversation also turns to discussion of the estimated 1 billion people across the globe who are born undocumented, limiting healthcare, employment, and education opportunities, much less the ability to interact with the online world. The Sovrin Foundation created the Sovrin Network to provide SSI for all, regardless of geographic location or life circumstance.

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