DIF Monthly #28

Our July round of updates from DIF in 2022: Stay on top of developments at our Working Groups, news from our members, events and much more.

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DIF Monthly #28

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Table of contents

  1. Foundation News; 2. Group Updates; 3. Member Updates; 4. Digital Identity Community; .5. Funding; 6. Events; 7. Hackathons; 8. Jobs; 9. Metrics; 10. Get involved! Join DIF

🚀 Foundation News

W3C DIDCore spec approved as an open web standard

  • The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have approved the Decentralized Identifiers (DID) V1.0 specification as an official W3C Recommendation. This is a significant milestone in the digital identity sector. Announcing the Decentralized Identifiers (DID) v1.0 specification as an open web standard signals that it is technically sound, mature, and ready for widespread adoption. Having an established v1.0 specification allows work to continue with renewed energy and focus, not only at the many groups meeting at DIF, but across the digital identity community.
    Read about this decision on the DIF blog here, and the official W3C Press release here.

DIDComm v2 reached DIF approved spec status

  • DIF is delighted to announce the approval of the DIDComm v2 specification from the DIDComm working group. This, along with the W3C decision on DIDs, represents a major step forward in the acceptance of decentralized identity, one that opens the path to widespread adoption and further development especially with regard to the types of peer-to-peer communication now possible. Check out the DIF blog here for more on the path to this milestone, what's new in v2, and where work goes from here!

The Verifier Universal Interface (VUI), an international self-sovereign identity interoperability initiative has been donated to DIF

  • Together, 12 SSI organizations have led the definition of the minimum set of standard APIs necessary to implement or interoperate with the Verifier component. After months of hard work and collaboration, the VUI work has been successfully donated to DIF with the goal of furthering its evolution and reach to the international community.
DIF Feedback Call.
  • These open calls are a space to gather feedback from the community and optimize our strategy.
  • Held every Wednesday in two alternating timeslots, there's definitely one that fits your timezone! Check our DIF calendar here
DIF New Member Orientation Call
  • These open calls are for anyone new to DIF.
  • How to get started, overview of our work and groups, and how to get the most from your DIF membership.
  • Held every Wednesday in two alternating timeslots Check our DIF calendar here
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DIF All-Hands
  • Don't forget to join us on our monthly all-hands meeting, where we review updates from the community and connect with our membership. We hope to see you there!
  • Next is Wednesday 17th August 2022 at 8am PT / 11am ET / 5pm CET
  • Check our DIF calendar here for meeting details

DIF Steering Committee election results

  • Announced 22nd June 2022 - see this piece on the DIF blog for more detail.
  • The six elected candidates are Sam Curren (Indicio Tech), Daniel Buchner (Block), Karyl Fowler (Transmute), Rouven Heck (Consensys Mesh, Executive Director at DIF), Markus Sabadello (DanubeTech) & Kaliya Young (Identity Woman).
  • You can read more about the SC candidates' background and vision for DIF here.

🛠️ Group Updates

☂️ InterOp WG (cross-community)

  • Interop is on a summer break until end of August.
  • Andrew Hughes join the group twice to continue a conversation begun at IIW around the ISO Mobile Driving License (mDL) standard.
    • a "wish list" for the next generation of mDL-associated specifications - how they might be more compatible/aligned with the work at DIF and elsewhere.
  • Discussions around an SSI Roadmap and routes to adoption
  • Validated ID presented what it means to be EBSI conformant and how this is aiding interoperability.

💡 Identifiers & Discovery

  • W3C news - Universal Resolver
    Discussion about EU Digital Identity Wallet, EBSI/ESSIF, eIDAS 2.0, VCs, ISO mDL, etc.
  • Christoph Fabianek of MyData presented on Displaying / rendering the content of a DID document. Recording of session here
    • Presentation of Semantic Overlay Architecture (SOyA), work done together with IDunion
    • Definition of a data model using a .yml file, then transformation to different representations
    • Demo of command line tool, and automatically rendered UI
    • Discussion about JSON-LD, RDF, content-addressing
    • Use of overlays, SHACL
    • Discussion about DID document data model, and how it could be modeled/transformed with Semantic Overlay Architecture (SOyA)

💡 DID Authentication WG

🛡️ Claims & Credentials

📻 DID Comm

🌱 Wallet Security WG

  • Group is on a summer break until Tuesday August 30th 2022
  • Device Binding work item call is being rolled back into the main WG call
  • Discussions
    • Alternative Device Binding ideas without device binding attachments
      • revocation of the wallet authentication credential
        • alternative linkage solutions enables the certifying entity to revoke the wallet authentication credentials based on upcoming security flaws of hardware mechanisms
          • e.g. TEE of a specific vendor/version is vulnerable
          • certifying entity revokes wallet authetncation credential and the issuers crednetials is not usable anymore
          • some open questions if the certifying entity is not the wallet issuer
    • Questions on FIDO Authenticator for wallet security coming out of IIW34 session
    • Updates on Challenge-response Aries RFC Draft
    • Trusted Verifier concepts in lissi wallet (presented by Sebastian Bickerle)

📦 Secure Data Storage

🌱 Applied Crypto WG

✈️ Hospitality & Travel

🏦 Finance & Banking

  • Members of the Ethereum Foundation joined the SIG to review Ethereum's Decentralized Identity discussion in general, and ideas around a 'portable KYC' system in particular. You can find the discussion on the Ethereum website here, and a problem statement draft on GitHub here
  • Invited speaker Anessa Allen Santos. Anessa's legal practice is largely dedicated to blockchain and fintech by helping innovative corporate clients navigate the evolving regulatory landscape for securities, commodities, and financial services.
  • John Popeo, a Partner at The Gallatin Group, joins the group. Before entering private practice, John spent a decade in various roles at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Having been on both sides of the regulatory divide, John brings a unique perspective to our discussion towards untangling the externalities of current AML and KYC regimes.

🌏 APAC/ASEAN Open Call

🌍 Africa Open Call

🦄 Member Updates




  • Cybernews interviewed IdRamp CEO Mike Vesey to discuss traditional identity models and the challenges they face. Give it a read here





🌎 Digital Identity Community

💰 Funding

  • European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) grant application deadline extended to August 17th 2022 - more info and how to apply here

  • The NGI initiative, launched by the European Commission aims to bridge EU-US research on Next Generation Internet (NGI), has three open calls to allocate funding and consulting support:

🎈 Events & Promotions

Internet Identity Workshop

  • Exploring Digital Identity for Decentralized Societies — a RadicalxChange Open Space unConference

      • 16 & 18th AUgust, 2022 | Virtual*
    • participant-led sessions, discussions, and workshops for anyone interested in exploring digital identity, no matter where they are in the world or what their level of experience or expertise is.
  • Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit

    • August 22 – 24, 2022 | Las Vegas, NV
  • Decentralized Web Camp

    • 24-28 August, 2022 | Northern California
    • "a five-day retreat for builders and dreamers, to gather in nature to tackle the real world challenges facing the web and to co-create the decentralized technologies of the future"
  • Identity Week Asia.

    • 6 - 7 September 2022, Singapore.
    • IDENTITY WEEK is a conference and exhibition bringing together the brightest minds in the identity sector to promote innovation, new thinking, and more effective identity solutions.
    • Key areas of focus include secure physical credentials, digital identity, and advanced authentication technologies, including biometrics.
    • DIF Newsletter readers get a 50% discount off ticket prices! Use code DIF50 when booking!
  • Workday Rising

    • September 12–15, 2022 | Orlando, Florida
  • Open Source Summit Europe
    13-16 September 2022 | Dublin, Ireland

    • Join open source developers, technologists, and community leaders to collaborate, share information, solve problems, and gain knowledge, furthering open source innovation and ensuring a sustainable open source ecosystem at the Open Source Summit Europe, organized by the Linux Foundation.
  • Hyperledger Global Forum

    • 13-16 September, 2022 | Dublin, Ireland
    • The global Hyperledger community meets in Dublin to align, plan and hack together.
  • Global Cyber Conference - #GCC22

    • 22 - 23 September 2022 | Zurich, Switzerland
    • The Global Cyber Conference (GCC) is aspiring to be the leading International Cyber Security and privacy event with two days of in-depth panel discussions, presentations on the current state and future of cyber security, and data protection.
  • Rebooting the Web of Trust Returns

    • 26-30 September, 2022 | The Hague, Netherlands
    • The eleventh Rebooting the Web of Trust (#RWOT) design workshop on decentralized identity technologies
  • Identity Week America

    • 04 - 05 October 2022 | Washington DC
    • IDENTITY WEEK is a conference and exhibition bringing together the brightest minds in the identity sector to promote innovation, new thinking, and more effective identity solutions.
    • Key areas of focus include secure physical credentials, digital identity, and advanced authentication technologies, including biometrics.
    • DIF Newsletter readers get a 50% discount off ticket prices! Use code DIF50 when booking!
  • European Comission: Towards a legislative framework enabling a digital euro for citizens and businesses

    • 7 November, 2022
  • IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2022

    • Training Oct 11-12
    • Workshops Oct 12 | General Session Oct 12
    • Conference Oct 13-14 |Austin, Texas
  • IAPP Data Protection Intensive: Deutschland 2022

    • 11-12 October | Munich, Germany
    • Two days of in-depth learning and networking for the DACH data protection community.
  • Benelux Cyber Summit


    • 10-13 October 2022 | Amsterdam, Netherlands in-person & virtual
    • SIBOS 2022 will explore progressive finance for a changing world; Sustainability will form a central pillar of this year’s conference, including how the industry moves from theory to action on combatting climate change, ESG standardisation and financial inclusion.
  • I.D.E.A.S. 2022 by CoinDesk

    • October 18-19, 2022 New York
    • What crypto, blockchain, Web3 and digital assets technologies will attract the biggest investment allocations in the years ahead?
  • IdentityNORTH Fall Symposium 2022

    • October 26, 2022 | Ottawa, Ontario
    • An exclusive view of the Future of Pan-Canadian Digital Governments.
  • Authenticate 2022 - The FIDO conference
    October 17-19, 2022 | Seattle, WA and Virtual
    Authenticate events provide expert insights into the who, what, how and why of user authentication – with a focus on the FIDO standards-based approach

  • Future Identity Festival
    14th & 15th November 2022 |London, UK

  • IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2022
    Training 14-15 November
    Workshops 15 November
    Conference 16-17 November
    discussions on strategic developments in regional and international data privacy. Topics will include policy and governance, ePrivacy implementation, artificial intelligence, GDPR enforcement, mergers and acquisitions and privacy in technology

  • Workday Rising Europe
    15–17 November 2022 | Stockholm, Sweden

  • Open Source Summit Japan
    5-6 December, 2022 | Japan + Virtual
    Call for papers!
    CFP Closes: Sunday, September 18 at 11:59pm PDT

Open Source in Finance Forum - Linux Foundation
8 December , 2022 | New York, USA
Call for papers closes 12th September, 2022

💻 Hackathons

  • TRON Grand Hackathon 2022

    • Aug 1 – 11, 2022
    • "The future is not far from widespread decentralized storage, decentralized applications, digital assets, and cryptocurrency wallets. TRON DAO is thrilled to launch the 2022 Grand Hackathon!"
  • XDC dApp Summer Hackathon

    • Aug 19, 2022
    • If you can imagine it, you can Build it on XDC. Build a dApp (decentralized App) this summer on XDC Network
  • Build or update a fintech or payments solution utilizing Ripple's CBDC Private Ledger.

    • Deadline: Aug 25, 2022 @ 2:00pm PDT
    • Winners of Phase 1 will be invited to a Winners Only Phase II with a $150K in prize pool!
  • Polygon BUIDL IT : Summer 2022

    • Deadline: Aug 22, 2022 @ 5:00pm EDT
    • Polygon is committed to fostering the growth of Web3 applications by providing the infrastructure and combining the best of Ethereum and sovereign blockchains into a full-fledged multi-chain system

💼 Jobs

Members of the Decentralized Identity Foundation are looking for:



Check out the available positions here.

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