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Mobility and portability top the list of attributes today’s digital citizens expect from technologies they use in their everyday lives. With these attributes comes some degree of control over how they manage their digital identity. The overarching term used to describe this growing trend is self-sovereign identity (SSI), an approach to digital identity that gives individuals control over the information they use to prove who they are to websites, services, and applications across the web. In this regard, what are the implications – both opportunities and obstacles – for the research and education (R&E) community?
The discussion focused on the common challenges in implementing learner or researcher credentials using new technologies, including differences and similarities between the U.S. and Europe; the next steps that the R&E community needs to take to prepare for this future direction, how existing academic federations fit into this space, and what colleges and universities can do to begin preparing for this future.
Speakers: Niels van Dijk, Technical Product Manager, Trust & Security, SURFnet; Kerri Lemoie, Director of Technology, Digital Credentials Consortium, MIT
Moderator: Nicole Roy, Director of Technology and Strategy, InCommon