Microsoft To Implement Blockchain-Based ID System

Microsoft revealed its plans to integrate Blockchain-based decentralized IDs (DIDs) into its  Microsoft Authenticator app, the company announced in a blog post Monday, Feb. 12.

This is our first post about our work on Decentralized Identity.

Over the last 12 months we’ve invested in incubating a set of ideas for using Blockchain (and other distributed ledger technologies) to create new types of digital identities, identities designed from the ground up to enhance personal privacy, security and control.

To that end today we are sharing our best thinking based on what we’ve learned from our decentralized identity incubation, an effort which is aimed at enabling richer experiences, enhancing trust, and reducing friction, while empowering every person to own and control their Digital Identity.

  1. Own and control your Identity.  With data breaches and identity theft becoming more sophisticated and frequent, users need a way to take ownership of their identity. After examining decentralized storage systems, consensus protocols, blockchains, and a variety of emerging standards we believe blockchain technology and protocols are well suited for enabling Decentralized IDs (DID).
  2. Privacy by design, built in from the ground up.
    We need a secure encrypted digital hub (ID Hubs) that can interact with user’s data while honoring user privacy and control.
  3. Trust is earned by individuals, built by the community.
    A self-owned identity system adds a focus on authenticity and how community can establish trust. In a decentralized system trust is based on attestations: claims that other entities endorse – which helps prove facets of one’s identity.
  4. Open, interoperable foundation.
    To create a robust decentralized identity ecosystem that is accessible to all, it must be built on standard, open source technologies, protocols, and reference implementations.