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Governing principles of self-sovereign identity applied to blockchain enabled privacy preserving identity management systems

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  • Nitin Naik
  • Paul Jenkins
Digital identity is the key element of digital transformation in representing any real-world entity in the digital form. To ensure a successful digital future the requirement for an effective digital identity is paramount, especially as demand increases for digital services. Several Identity Management (IDM) systems are developed to cope with identity effectively, nonetheless, existing IDM systems have some limitations corresponding to identity and its management such as sovereignty, storage and access control, security, privacy and safeguarding, all of which require further improvement. Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) is an emerging IDM system which incorporates several required features to ensure that identity is sovereign, secure, reliable and generic. It is an evolving IDM system, thus it is essential to analyse its various features to determine its effectiveness in coping with the dynamic requirements of identity and its current challenges. This paper proposes numerous governing principles of SSI to analyse any SSI ecosystem and its effectiveness. Later, based on the proposed governing principles of SSI, it performs a comparative analysis of the two most popular SSI ecosystems uPort and Sovrin to present their effectiveness and limitations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-8602-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-8603-0
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2020
EventIEEE ISSE 2020: 6th IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 12 Oct 202014 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE)
ISSN (Print)2687-881X
ISSN (Electronic)2687-8828


ConferenceIEEE ISSE 2020


  • Principles-of-SSI-DrNitinNaik

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