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28.02.2017: Guest talk "Introduction to Self-Sovereign Identity Technologies: Sovrin, XDI, and others"

28.02.2017 14:00–16:00

Guest lecture

Exactum B119

Time and place: 28.2. at 14 in Exactum B119, Kumpula, University of Helsinki

Speaker: Markus Sabadello, Danube Tech, Vienna, Austria

Title: Introduction to Self-Sovereign Identity Technologies: Sovrin, XDI, and others

Abstract: In the last few years, interest in “self-sovereign identity” has strongly increased. The ambitious goal is to overcome the current large Internet monopolies, to build digital identity infrastructure that better mirrors our real-life society, and to give individuals full control over their digital selves in a way that is decentralized and privacy preserving. We will introduce the background of this idea and focus on some concrete technologies in this space, such as the Sovrin Identity Ledger, the XDI and RDF/Solid semantic data protocols, and others. We will discuss what we can do on the technology level to help the idea of self-sovereign identity and privacy in the digital age.

Bio: Markus Sabadello has been a pioneer and leader in the field of digital identity for many years and has contributed to cutting-edge technologies that have emerged in this space. He has been an early participant of decentralization movements such as the Federated Social Web, Respect Network, and the FreedomBox. He has worked as an analyst and consultant at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet&Society, at the MIT Media Lab's Human Dynamics  Group, at the World Economic Forum's "Rethinking Personal Data" project, and at the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. Markus has spoken at dozens of conferences and published papers about both the politics and technologies of digital identity. In 2015, Markus founded startup Danube Tech (danubetech.com) in Vienna.

Markus is visiting Helsinki in connection with the project Revolution of Knowledge Work.