The Demand for Digital Identity
It's more about what you are than who you are.
Dateline: Amsterdam, 9th October 2022.
When it comes to exploring new technologies, it is common to hear the phrase “a solution looking for a problem” thrown around the boardroom. And, of course, in many cases this is an entirely valid criticism of the pointless and redundant application of a new bit of kit, or software architecture, or complicated cryptographic concept that no-one really understands. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the use cases from the useless cases: The idea that fire departments, for example, might use the blockchain to fight fires more effectively than by using a database (one of my favourite useless cases) might reasonably be criticised in this context.
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When it comes to the new technologies of identification, authentication and (in particular) authorisation though, this criticism is wholly misplaced. In the identity world, we have not one but a million problems looking for the same solution: Digital identity.