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- Friday, June 17th, 2022 at 08:10 #310270LixydParticipant
Today I wanted to share my personal views on DIDs (digital identities) and why it could benefit your day to day life.
I was born in France and grew up in this country and I live now in Sweden as a Swedish citizen.
As some of you know, Sweden is really developed in the public services they offer. I am not here to describe how everything works in this country but I want to share some things.
\-Every citizen has a social security number. This number is personal and attached to your identity. At the opposite of other countries, it is used a LOT. And there are some cool things you can do with it in your everyday life.
\-On your driving license, there is a QR code that contain your personal data’s (name, date of birth, address etc.). You can use this QR code to ID yourself, for example, when you pickup a package or when you want to scan your fidelity card in your favorite grocery store.
\-When some financial transactions are made, you have to use a safety app called BankID when you need to verify your identity that is connected to your personal number and mobile phone number.
\-Everybody is using an app called Swish to transfer small amount of money to your friends. when you make a transaction, you have to verify your identity with BankID. For example, today it is really common for one person to pay a big restaurant bill and everybody transfer their share to the person who paid.
Because in Sweden, people trust the system, it works fantastically well. My guess is that similar applications are not used in other countries because there is a trust issue, at least in France.
That’s where crypto enter the game, you don’t need to trust someone. You own your data’s, you own your identity, you don’t need to trust anybody to store your data.
Having a glimpse on what you can do with a centralized DID system (Sweden) and having a perspective on what it’s like without DID (France), I can assure you, that if a decentralized DID system is implemented in many countries, your day-to-day life would take a huge step up.
There is this possibility with Atala Prism, and I am really excited about it.
And I didn’t even tallk about countries where identity is a problem…
Thank you for reading me even if I am not a great writer!
TLDR: decentralized DIDs can improve your life by A LOT.
Edit: grammarFriday, June 17th, 2022 at 08:28 #310271CoreDD42
This means no more dinosaurs at the French government and that’s the hardest step ! 🥴Friday, June 17th, 2022 at 08:32 #310272pha3th0n
Firstly, thanks for creating a post that shares info, adds your perspective and invites a discussion.
There are many projects trying to make DIDs work and I came to appreciate a bit better why that’s so hard. For me, it boils down to 2 things.
One, the ideal system would also be private – most services might need to check that I’m the right person but they don’t really need to know who I am. At the very least, I want to isolate things in a way that nobody has a complete picture of what I do, use or am. It’s not a coincidence that most dystopian movie or novel have a broad surveillance system.
Two, how to make the system immune to identity theft. Imagine the implications this would have if a DID is broadly used. Another classic dystopian plot.
While I certainly agree with the long term perspective, I think it will take a lot of time and experimentation to get there. Just the 2 cents off a fellow Redditor.
Edit: hit send by mistake before the comment was complete…
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