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Blockchain: The Dawn of Decentralized Identity

Published: 24 May 2018

ID: G00363110

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand

Summary

Privacy-preserving decentralized identity services are becoming more feasible. Blockchain platforms provide a suitable environment for these emerging solutions. This reissued report guides technical professionals on decentralized identity and serves as a foundation for other research on this topic.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Digital Identity Evolution
    • Point-to-Point Trust Implications in a Centralized Identity Model
    • Identity Trust Fabric Benefits in a Decentralized Identity Model
    • Emergence of Identity Custodians as Attribute Authorities
    • Decentralized Identity Advancement
  • Decentralized Identity Functional Model
    • Core Functions
    • Extended Functions
  • Blockchain as an Underlying ITF Platform
  • Key Use Cases
    • Special-Purpose Decentralized Identity
    • General-Purpose Decentralized Identity
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

The Details

  • Decentralized Identity Key Components
    • The Identity Wallet
    • The Identity Trust Fabric
    • The Identity Custodian
  • The Blockchain Ability to Implement ITF
    • Trust
    • Assurance
    • Provenance
    • Security
    • Scalability
    • Efficiency
  • Blockchain Overview
    • Key Blockchain Concepts
    • Blockchain Platform
    • Blockchain Deployment Models

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