“Infostructure”

The digital identity industry has delivered a powerful set of protocols and tools for verifying credentials, claims and other pieces of personal data, and conveying the status of that data amongst participants in an identity framework.  Verifiable credentials methods are concerned with provenance (that is, proving where claims data originated), proof of possession (ensuring that legitimate users were in control of data when presented) and fidelity (protecting data against tampering).  Now, these qualities of identity claims and credentials are just as important for data in general.  The metaphor of data as ‘the new crude oil’ powerfully suggests that participants in the Digital Economy need to be able to verify the quality of all important data they deal with.

One of Lockstep’s key missions is to works on how digital identity technologies can be extended to build critical “infostructure” enabling digital citizens to present accurate data about themselves to anyone that needs it, as easily and as securely as they present their credit card numbers.

Papers & Presentations

Authenticate the World! FIDO Authenticate conference, 2020.

Safeguarding data supply chains, National Security, Science & Technology Forum, Canberra, 2019.

A new manifesto for smartcards as national information infrastructure,
5th Homeland Security Summit, Canberra, 2006.