Microsoft intends to shift the distributed chain-based distributed identity from higher goals to business lines.
In a white paper released this week, the software giant said it plans to develop a long-standing chalice of technologists in the two products, block-chain spaces, and peripheral industries that are designed to give consumers more control over their personal data.
One such product is an "identity hub," which is a combination of an encrypted personal data store or a cloud storage with user personal devices that Microsoft will provide through Azure, a cloud computing service.
Details are rarely available, but consumers can store their identity information on this hub and must be allowed to access it from a third party. This is in contrast to data being disclosed to a myriad of third parties and far fewer than the consent obtained regularly without user knowledge.
Another product that Microsoft says will build is a "wallet app" that people can use for other purposes. You can manage these rights to your data, including the ability to terminate at any time.
What is noteworthy is where the blockchain comes from. Both products will be built on Distributed Identifiers (DIDs) developed by the World Wide Web Foundation (WID).
DID does not require centralized authority because innovation is registered or "fixed" in a distributed ledger or other distributed system as many people in the ID community can see. That is, unlike when you think of an existing identifier (phone number or Twitter handle), DID always controls how the encrypted user uses more money than his domain.
This white paper also demonstrates that Microsoft is developing an open source implementation of DID that operates as a second tier in the top tier of a multi-block chain. Bitcoin's Lightning Network says it is designed to allow large amounts of inexpensive payments in cryptocurrency and to book block chains for final settlement, and Phase 2 for identity verification is "designed for global scale use."
The goal of this project, which Microsoft calls internally as a "sidetree," is to build an integrated, interoperable ecosystem where developers and businesses can rely on creating new products, applications and services. paper.
Although Microsoft did not provide a timeline for these projects, we are stepping up our investment in "own identity" beyond participating in the previously reported Distributed Identity Foundation (DIF). founder.
"Everyone has the right to have an identity that he owns and controls.
"We are eager to make DID a first-class citizen of the Microsoft ID stack."
Inspired by block chains
As a decades-old multinational company, Microsoft may not seem to be a champion for this decentralized vision.
However, the majority of new system components Microsoft builds operate off-chain, but with the advent of blockchains, the imagination of the ID community headquartered in Washington, DC, has become clear.
"If you start with a block chain assuming you can do it for identity, it opens up to you to think about how you can do something else with the identity of a consumer or a constituent," says Yorke Rhodes. The block-chaining engineering team manager told CoinDesk last month in a podcast interview.
Microsoft has joined DIF. Microsoft joined the DIF because the system it is building on should not be a "new island like today's social media island where LinkedIn does not connect Twitter to Facebook." Weibat, Weibo, "said Rhodes.
Instead, on an ideal system, "If someone comes with a wallet such as MetaMask or uPort, you need to be able to understand what your identity is when you create your identity on a Microsoft system," Rhodes said. An ethereum-based app is taken as an example.
In the coming months, Roddes said the enterprise identity system, Active Directory, will expand the range of identity types that can recognize distributed IDs based on block chaining. This allows the company to quickly sign new employment contracts, recognize the Distributed IDs they manage, and associate them with new company employee IDs.
"From my point of view, it will actually help us pursue consumer identity," Rodriguez said.
Clearly, Microsoft is not the only well-known company that contributes to this new realm. Kaliya Young, co-founder of the Internet Identity Workshop, an annual gathering of ID experts and innovators, is part of the DIF, including IBM, Accenture, and RSA, and IBM is pursuing the relevant W3C initiative, specifically Open Standards for DID and Verifiable Credentials .
Block Chain ID Startup Evernym's Chief New Head, Drummond Reed, of the Sovrin Trust Framework Working Group, has all "stewards" running nodes in the Sovrin network (a group that includes IBM and Cisco) as the basis for a decentralized identity over the last year And portable digital credentials. "
However, following the white paper's efforts to create products such as ID Hubs, Microsoft could be the industry's first pseudonym for a mass market solution.
However, some members of the ID community believe that larger businesses like Microsoft should do this work more transparently.
"Wayne Vaughan, CEO of the block code data platform Tierion and member of the DIF Steering Committee, told CoinDesk:" I do not know what Microsoft developed, but I have not seen any real code. "Microsoft has been listening to the community, but software development has usually been closed, but it is now openly public.
Vaughan believes that companies like Microsoft can not refuse to adopt more of their solutions without the involvement of other large companies that have their identities like Google or Facebook, unless they make their work transparent I think that. To be widely accepted for success.
The community also told CoinDesk that Microsoft wanted to engage in the development of a common standard for exchanging credentials as well as generating code snippets, and this standard is not mentioned in the white paper, saying that it should support zero-knowledge encryption.
Start billing Manu Sporny, founder and CEO of Digital Bazaar, actively participated in several W3C working groups and shared similar ideas.
"Microsoft hopes to participate in work on the decentralized identities and verifiable credentials that are currently occurring at the W3C," Sporny said. "I am confident that on time they will do the right thing and join in international standard efforts as if they had done it several times before."
Ankur Patel, senior program manager at Microsoft, responded to these concerns via e-mail to CoinDesk.
"We have created an open standard and have contributed to open source and have successfully created decentralized identities, and we will make the right contribution if we make further progress." [to work on common standards] The most meaningful We are committed to working with DIF, W3C and other industry or standards groups that we believe will help realize a decentralized decentralization platform. "
Anyway, with the accumulation of other concepts and implementation work, we can expect to see a first publicly available project using the decentralized identity in 2019, Young said, notably the US Credit Union consortium CULedger in British Columbia, Canada.
"Over the next five years, we will see a widespread adoption of tools."
"Identity is a complex, decentralized identity solution that is the only way to pass through this complex wormhole when users are at the center of their credential management."
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