Author: Phil Wolff

  • 2023 May 2 – Digital Identity from Vienna #36: Thinking Locally and Globally for Digital Wallets and Identification

    Register for the free May 2nd event on Meetup. Wider Team’s Michael Shea will moderate the thirty-sixth panel discussion. The blurb: Hello folks, I am happy to announce the first panel discussion in our series on Digital Wallets – Thinking Locally and Globally for Digital Wallets and Identification. Digital wallets and identification are a critical element…

  • SSI standards can counter electronics counterfeiting

    SSI standards can counter electronics counterfeiting

    Wider Team’s Damian Glover and Lubna Dajani will join our friend Michael Ford of Aegis Software at the SMTA Europe Counterfeit Electronics and Materials Symposium in Coventry 14-15 March 2023. This Wednesday before lunch will tell how Self-Sovereign Identity’s Decentralized Identifiers and Verifiable Credentials (SSI’s DIDs and VCs) can let electronics manufacturers overcome their standards…

  • Gall’s Law

    “A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.” — wikipedia. WiderPoV: Gall’s Law is guidance for starting something new.…

  • Wider Team had a verifiable 2022

    Wider Team had a verifiable 2022

    Our small band of strategy consultants gave back to our professional communities in 2022. Here’s the recap of our digital identity, ethics, manufacturing, and supply chain talks, papers, standards work, and workshops.

  • What if your identity ecosystem caused pollution? 

    A new paper describes harms rising from digital identity, and accountable responses for 2023. 

  • Identity of Things: verifiable credentials are safer for IoT systems

    Identity of Things: verifiable credentials are safer for IoT systems

    Paper: “Capabilities-based access control for IoT devices using Verifiable Credentials”

  • Juicy Telemetry

    Juicy Telemetry

    For good and bad reasons, the makers of wind turbines and cars and ship engines and weather sensors choose to hide data.

  • Why do you care about identity?

    Why do you care about identity?

    I have always given a damn about digital identity. Hi. I’m Phil Wolff. And this is a personal note to start my 2022. I love that digital identity tries to answer deep philosophical questions. What does it mean to be human? How do we trust ourselves and each other? What is the reality we agree…

  • Pervasive Identity

    Adam named all the animal species, according to some readings, about 5782 years ago. And the great David Kearns wrote about pervasive and ubiquitous identity back in 2013. Nine years later the explosive growth of ubicomp continues to spew sensing, thought, controls and talk into our buildings, cars, homes, medical devices, energy grids, and everything…

  • Identity of Things Grand Challenges

    Identity of Things Grand Challenges

    Wider Team helps our clients confront IoT grand challenges (our view based on field work). You know you’re challenged when… Grand Challenge Wider Brings: Your own IoT is becoming overwhelming. Your fleet is growing faster than you can know all the parties that make it work, touch your data, or threaten its integrity. Self knowledge…

  • Recap: User Experience in SSI (IIW UX) July 2021

    I participated in the Internet Identity Workshop‘s first-time UX unconference. About 50 people attended. Folks wanted to work on everything from detailed decentralized identity interaction design, improving adoption, and overcoming expeience barriers. Before the workshop… The event’s prompt: What are the critical questions about UX and SSI you are hoping to discuss with peers at…

  • Smarter IoT and Healthcare

    Smarter IoT and Healthcare

    In our Identiverse 2021 talk, we said AI is making healthcare’s Identity of Things more complex. “Ever smarter devices create gaps between identity capabilities of the latest devices and older ones.” Let’s expand a little. Artificial Intelligence will be a lot more pervasive by 2030. There’s been a lot of work at bringing smarts into…

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