IPR: My Digital Self

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Summary

Snorre Lothar von Gohren Edwin, who goes by “Snow”, shares with host, Matt Foley, how Diwala is combatting rampant identity theft and certification fraud in Kampala, Uganda. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, Diwala’s platform enables educational institutions and NGOs in Africa to issue a secure “skill-ID,” digitally verifying the educational and work history of students and young professionals.

More generally, Snow shares with Matt how a small but growing movement of individuals and organizations are building new digital infrastructures that shift the prevailing digital paradigm from a dystopian surveillance capitalism to one of self sovereign identities that communicate via zero knowledge proofs and decentralized identifier technologies (used by Diwala for its platform).

Be sure to check out the Show Notes, which are packed with links so that you can learn more about Diwala, Snow and the rapidly changing digital ecosystems that we interact with on a daily basis.

Show Notes

Snow’s Linkedin Profile & Personal Webpage
https://www.linkedin.com/in/vongohren/
https://vongohren.me/ 

Snows’ Javazone talk
https://vimeo.com/233629394

Diwala
https://diwala.io/
https://medium.com/diwala/the-story-of-diwala-5f8567ae71d1
https://medium.com/diwala/diwalas-ecosystem-76b35037a4c2

Zero Knowledge Proofs - Wired article
https://www.wired.com/story/zero-knowledge-proofs/

Hawala - Snow Describes Diwala as “Digital Hawala” insofar as it builds trust back into the skill id network, much like Hawala builds trust into money transfer networks.  
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/h/hawala.asp

Kampala, Uganda
https://www.britannica.com/place/Kampala

Blockchain
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/blockchain.asp

Cryptocurrency
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/cryptocurrency.asp

Oslo Blockchain Day
https://osloblockchainday.no/

Gnosis.io
https://gnosis.io/

Revolut (I meant to refer to Transferwise’s means of moving money in the show, but Revolut and Transferwise offer similar services)
https://www.revolut.com/en-US/
https://transferwise.com/us/

SWIFT
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/swift.asp

IBAN
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/iban.asp

Cryptographic signatures
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_signature

Peer to Peer Networks
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/peertopeer-p2p-service.asp

Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) - a term reflecting the belief that an individual should own and control their identity without intervening administrative authorities. SSI allows people to interact in the digital world with the same freedom and capacity for trust as they do in the offline world.
https://medium.com/@AlexPreukschat/self-sovereign-identity-a-guide-to-privacy-for-your-digital-identity-5b9e95677778

Decentralized Identifier Specifications Upon Which Diwala Builds its Platform
https://w3c-ccg.github.io/did-primer/
https://medium.com/@adam_14796/understanding-decentralized-ids-dids-839798b91809
https://www.uport.me
https://sovrin.org
VC use cases: https://www.w3.org/TR/vc-use-cases/
VC Spec: https://www.w3.org/TR/vc-data-model/
 DID spec: https://www.w3.org/TR/did-core/

OAuth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OAuth

GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation

Brave Browser
https://brave.com/

Coil
https://coil.com/

Cinnamon.video
https://www.cinnamon.video/

Lever - Software for the Employee Recruitment Process
https://www.lever.co/about/

This show has been edited for content and brevity.  


What is IPR: My Digital Self?

The mixed blessing of the digital age has reached a turning point in what some have called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. My Digital Self, with host Matthew Foley, explores digital technology as it affects the interrelation of human rights, property rights, privacy, and money.

Will emerging blockchain technologies enable us to take back our privacy, own our identity and use non-sovereign digital currency, known as cryptocurrency, to engage in commerce? Listen to discussions with guests who explain these cutting-edge technologies, tell us how they are currently being used and pull back the curtain to our possible futures.

IPR Podcasts presents issues and analysis that matter to you from the world's thought leaders. The Institute for Policy Research [IPR] is an interdisciplinary policy research center of the Catholic University of America.