Releasing IOTA Identity Alpha: A Standard Framework for Digital Identity

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IOTA Identity Alpha Release: A standard framework for Digital Identity.

Decentralized Identity (or Self Sovereign Identity) is a popular topic in the field of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) with over 75 implementations of the DID standards being submitted to W3C. It is an enabling technology for DLT, as it allows the creation of trust through identification in an online setting. This is crucial for both the internet and DLT as identifying who you interact with online can prevent many cases of fraud, disinformation, and distrust. With IOTA Identity we make an important step towards the adoption of both IOTA and DID due to the unique ability to pay and identify in the same feeless protocol. If you are not yet familiar with the concepts described above, we highly recommend reading our whitepaper or watch our latest EclipseCon talk on the subject.

In this blog, you will find the alpha-release of IOTA Identity, open-sourcing our Selv app, and the announcement of the Identity X-Team. For those that participate at Odyssey Momentum, we also prepared a hackathon package near the bottom of this blog.

IOTA Identity Alpha Release

We are excited to announce the release of IOTA Identity Alpha. At this stage, the proposed standards for Decentralized Identifiers (DID) and Verifiable Credentials by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) are implemented in full. The implementation of these specifications is a fundamental layer for building an SSI framework. You can find the code in our repository This contains both the full Rust implementation and Web Assembly (WASM) bindings, which can be used both in the browser and Node.js environments in Javascript / Typescript. The current Alpha release is an early version and does not contain the level of documentation, code examples, and higher-level functionalities that we would ideally like, but that will ...

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