DIF Monthly #30

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

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DIF Monthly #30

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Table of contents

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

🚀 Foundation News

DIF's Community Manager, Limari Navarrete

DIF Monthly All-Hands

  • DIF's monthly All-Hands call next takes place on Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 5pm CET | 8am PT - See DIF calendar
  • This public call is open to anyone interested in getting an overview of all the work happening in and around DIF, as well as home to some lively discussions! Please join to ask us your questions, as well as discuss some end-of-year highlights and IIW takeaways.
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🛠️ Group Updates

☂️ InterOp WG (cross-community)

  • Timing update: now meeting every second week
  • Nov. 16 skipped due to IIW
  • Next meeting November 30, 2022
  • Nov. 2 Peter Langenkamp (TNO) presented about a cluster of interoperability centered on TNO EASSI.
  • Survey insights - Results Deck here
    • Find the pockets of interop
      • Which companies interop with what other companies; build bridges between the pockets
    • Interop testing
      • Don't boil the ocean. Start with small targets. Let the question "what are we trying to accomplish with interop?" guide the targets.
      • Interested in a public assessment framework.
      • Bonnie Yau of IDLab mentioned they're working on a framework, starting from (or modelled after) the Aries Agent Test Harness.
    • Approaches to Localization
      • BC Gov gave a demo of a localized wallet app with credential localization using OCA. (Link to demo pending)
      • What other approaches?
    • What does "interoperable" mean to different communities?
      • Often gets thrown around in marketing jargon but what are some real metrics for defining whether something is "interoperable?"
    • Wallet UX
      • There might be some other working groups focused on UX already. There might be some overlap with interop.

💡 Identifiers & Discovery

💡 DID Authentication WG

🛡️ Claims & Credentials

📻 DID Comm

  • Open Wallet DIDComm v2 library contributions?
    - light but steady use
    - python / jvm languages / rust / swift wrappers
    - SICPA
    - Repo location? - determine later.
  • IIW Sessions
    • DIDComm KERI (maybe Stephen)
    • W3C compatible HL AnonCreds (Stephen)
    • DIDComm v2 Intro & Basics (Steve and Sam)
    • TOIP Trust Spanning Protocol
    • Maybe: DIDComm vs DWN Messages (Interaction vs Data)
  • DIDComm Open User Group: GitHub Link
    • Meets on Discord: Invite is here
    • Using UnSync format, described here to engage asynchronously in a set time period (typically 4-12 hours) at regular intervals to keep conversation & work moving.
    • Discussion of the group writing a DIDComm Guidebook - feedback and contributions welcome! Potentially covering:
      • What is DIDComm and why would I use it? (super high level)
      • Why developing a protocol on top of DIDComm is a great idea.
      • Protocol Design Basics
      • Protocol Design Best Practices

🌱 Wallet Security WG

  • Meetings are now every two weeks, next meeting Tuesday 30th November
  • Upcoming topics

    • eIDSAS ARF update (should come out imminently) - what impact this has on wallet vendors
    • FIDO activity - updates on work items that come out of this liaison
    • DIF & ToIP Trust Registry and Trust Agreements (and DIACC hopefully) groups to combine on specific work items and what this may mean for wallets (and specifically wallet security).
    • Open Wallet Foundation Architecture - collating input and activity happening in this group.
    • IIW debrief
  • Recent Discussions

  • Backup and recovery - new methods of combinations of SSS/Threshold Sigs and liveness checks

  • Portability (Passkey V2 initiaives)

  • multi device registration/recovery (traditional recovery mechanisms)

  • Authentication of the verifier - OASIS Secure QR Code Authentication 1.0 (ratified)

📦 Secure Data Storage

🌱 Applied Crypto WG

✈️ Hospitality & Travel

🏦 Finance & Banking

🌏 APAC/ASEAN Open Call

🌍 Africa Open Call

💼 Product Managers

  • Thursday Nov 10th at 11am ET (8am PST, 5pm CET) Juan Caballero, Standards Coordinator at Centre Consortium, joined to discuss Web3 and Verite solutions

🦄 Member Updates


  • Trinsic Ecosystems, the next generation of our platform for building identity products, is live and will be the default product for new users.
    • Key features include W3C compliant verifiable credentials, built in governance based on the ToIP spec, and more performant credential exchange.
    • Check it out here



  • Digital Pilipinas and Affinidi sign MOU to accelerate workforce digitalisation in The Philippines
    • Affinidi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Digital Pilipinas regarding the issuance of verifiable credentials (“VCs”), an open standard for tamper-evident digital credentials, to help facilitate the digital upskilling of the local workforce in The Philippines. This partnership aims to empower individuals by recognising their achievements in upgrading their skills and knowledge, through the issuance, verification and authentication of cryptographically-verifiable VCs that attest to such achievements.

🌎 Digital Identity Community

Linux Foundation

  • Get up to speed on Self-Sovereign Identity with this brand new, entirely free course provided by the Linux Foundation: Getting Started with Self-Sovereign Identity (LFS178x)!
    • A 6-7 hour course which aims to prepare you to have informed business discussions around digital identity, and particularly self-sovereign identity, with a good understanding about how identity systems work and influence our lives. It will also enable you to identify innovative ideas and solutions for leveraging SSI, and better position you for further technical learning around digital identity.

Trust over IP



Government of British Columbia, Energy & Mines Digital Trust

The government of British Columbia initiated the Energy & Mines Digital Trust (EMDT) project under the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (EMLI) to facilitate the transition to a resilient, clean economy. Read how they are using digital trust technology, in particular Verifiable Credentials, to improve sustainability reporting in the natural resource sector for organizations.

Hyperledger Foundation

BlueSky Social

European Union

🎈 Events & Promotions

Internet Identity Workshop

  • IIW35 - November 15 - 17, 2022 in-person at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California.
    DIF is in attendance! Be sure to join us on our next virtual all-hands call 7th December for some highlights and takeaways!
  • IIW34 April 2022 book of proceedings is online and publicly available here
  • IIW36 and IIW37 dates have been announced: APRIL 18, 2023 – APRIL 20, 2023, OCTOBER 10, 2023 – OCTOBER 12, 2023, California

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