C3 | Tue 22 Jan | 4:25 p.m.–4:35 p.m.
Martin ("madduck") is a Debian and Free Software developer of more than 20 years. He's received a High Honors Bachelor in AI, cognitive psychology, and robotics, and wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on tool adoption behaviour in Debian. He's founded several companies, and currently makes a living as self-employed advisor to tech startups, and large multi-national corporations. Martin is a privacy and decentralization advocate, and an Edmund Hillary Fellow, in part for his work on decentralization. He loves blockchain, but doesn't regard it as the holy grail. He actually finds projects such as Scuttlebutt much more exciting. He's currently working on several projects in the space of decentralized digital identity. As father of two girls, he hopes they won't (have to) grow up giving up their privacy in return for gratis services.
By now you've probably heard the term "self-sovereign identity", and most likely this was associated with blockchain of one form or another. Let's cut through the hype and look at what decentralising identity, and putting users back in control of their data is really all about. I'll introduce the concept of Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs), and look at what the hard questions are, which by the way, blockchain cannot solve for you.