Self-sovereign identity and why we need to stop scanning QR codes

–– 6 May 2020

In 1996 I was playing with barcode scanners with the notion of delivering a new way of surfing the web. I called it the Zebcode and little did I know that shortly before someone had invented the QR Code. The reason I ultimately stopped working on it though was because, at the time, everyone was just getting to grips with email and newsgroups, they simply didn’t get it. It wasn’t human-centric enough. It was a solution without a problem.

If you go to the app store and download one of the many Self-sovereign identity apps Civic, UPort etc you will find one thing in common. This is what Self-sovereign identity looks like currently to your average human:

Self-sovereign identity already suffers from issues with the term and you can read more about this in a great post 7 Myths of Self-Sovereign Identity.

For the average user:

Self-sovereign identity + QR Codes = 🤔

This post isn’t in any way meant to downplay the good work of the organisations and groups working to make self-sovereign identity a thing. At Tapmydata, we increasingly work in this space ourselves, to learn more about the deep tech but also help bridge the gap that currently lies between understandable consumer-grade technology that people want and need to use and the long term benefits of decentralized ID (self-sovereign identity).

Watch this space for a forthcoming round-up on decentralized identity projects out there.

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