Trust over IP stack

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Published: Oct 28, 2020
Oct 2020

Continuous challenges with how individuals and organizations establish trust digitally, over the internet, is giving rise to a new approach on how to prove identity, how to share and verify attributes needed to establish trust and how to securely transact. Our Radar features some of the foundational technologies such as decentralized identity and verifiable credentials that enable this new era of digital trust.

However, such a global scale change won't be possible without a standardization of a technical governance stack that enables interoperability. The new Trust over IP Foundation, part of the Linux Foundation, has set out to do just that. Taking its inspiration from how TCP/IP standardization as the narrow waist of the internet has enabled interoperability across billions of devices, the group is defining a four-layer technical and governance Trust over IP stack. The stack includes public utilities such as decentralized identifiers, decentralized identity comms to standardized protocols for agents such as digital wallets to communicate, data exchange protocols such as flows to issue and verify verifiable credentials, as well as the application ecosystems such as education, finance, healthcare, etc. If you're revisiting your identity systems and how you establish trust with your ecosystem, we suggest looking into ToIP stack and its supporting tooling, Hyperledger Aries.