Best Practice Report

The Architect’s Guide To Decentralized Digital Identities

March 14th, 2024
With contributors:
Merritt Maxim , Hailey DiCicco , Frank Harris


Decentralized digital identity (DDID) — also known as self-sovereign identity (SSI) — is a new architectural approach for managing identities. After traditional or digital identity verification, identity issuers, such as governments or universities, can issue verifiable claims (VCs) that users store in a digital wallet. Users can present the VC’s attributes selectively to verifiers for authentication or authorization. DDID represents a much broader and richer set of use cases than traditional centralized identities. This report reviews DDID trends, architectures, and use cases.

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