IBM, R3, Mastercard join open source digital identity consortium

Today the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Trust over IP (ToIP) Foundation with the aim of creating digital standards to enable parties to share data with trust. It’s about ensuring interoperability between different solutions for trusted data and digital identity.

The 17 founding steering committee members include Accenture, Evernym, IBM and Mastercard with contributing members such as DIDx and R3.

Motivations for forming the initiative were cited as the business challenge of managing digital assets and data as well as low consumer confidence with personal data. The combination, the group believes, is hampering the adoption of digital identity.

“The ToIP Foundation has the promise to provide the digital trust layer that was missing in the original design of the Internet and to trigger a new era of human possibility,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. “The combination of open standards and protocols, pan-industry collaboration and our neutral governance structure will support this new category of digital identity and verifiable data exchange.”

“In today’s digital economy, businesses and consumers need a way to be certain that data being exchanged has been sent by the rightful owner and that it will be accepted as truth by the intended recipient,” said Dan Gisolfi, CTO, Decentralized Identity, IBM Security. “Many privacy focused innovations are now being developed to solve this challenge, but there is no ‘recipe book’ for the exchange of trusted data across multiple vendor solutions.”

The ToIP Foundation says it plans to use models that leverage interoperable digital wallets and credentials that use the W3C Verifiable Credentials standard.

Hyperledger and the Linux Foundation

There’s quite a big overlap between the membership of this group and Hyperledger, which is part of the Linux Foundation. For example, its Hyperledger Indy project, which underpins the Sovrin identity network was contributed by Evernym. Drummond Reed Evernym’s Chief Trust Officer commented: “We are thrilled to help stand up the ToIP Foundation at the Linux Foundation and hope that it attracts every company and contributor who wants to build a strong and lasting trust layer for the Internet.”

The rationale for ToIP being separate to Hyperledger is two-fold.

Firstly, Hyperledger is primarily about business blockchain, whereas digital identity and privacy protocols is a broad topic and can be decentralized without using blockchain, although blockchain is often used for public key infrastructure.

And secondly, in a previous discussion with Hyperledger Director Brian Behlendorf in a different context he explained that “it’s really, really good to have a standards body in a domain separate from the leading open source project in a domain or from the open source projects in a domain.”

Hyperledger is not a standards body, it’s about open source projects.

However, in today’s announcement, ToIP appears to intend to be both a standards setter and home to open source projects. It has two standards working groups, the Technical Stack Working Group and the Governance Stack Working Group. And also two development groups, the Utility Foundry Working Group and the Ecosystem Foundry Working Group for “projects that wish to collaborate on the development of ToIP utility networks or entire ToIP digital trust ecosystems.”

“The Trust over IP (ToIP) Foundation is bringing together a powerful mix of experts and doing it at the exact right time given the urgent need to encourage greater adoption and increase trust in data privacy and ownership,” said Christine Leong, managing director, global lead for Decentralized Identity & Biometrics at Accenture.


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IOTA Foundation partners up with Linux Foundation

  • IOTA will assist Linux Foundation in completing Linux’s stack of technologies.
  • At first, the IOTA Foundation will integrate the Edge X Foundry.

IOTA has recently entered into a partnership with Linux Foundation as an approach to expand its reach in North America. IOTA Foundation will aid in the completion of a stack of technologies in the development of IoT, cloud integration and Edge. Mathew Yarger, the Public Sector Product Owner at IOTA Foundation, said the collaboration will help them grow in North America.

IOTA Foundation has been utilizing distributed ledger technology to solve real problems. Both blockchain and distributed ledger technologies strengthen partnerships among different startups as well as do things functionally. At first, the IOTA Foundation will integrate the Edge X Foundry. IOTA aims at demonstrating its power in securing, scaling and increasing interoperability in the stack, particularly, the Edge and fog parts.

The hyperledger is a component of the LF Edge stack with decentralized technologies. They have developed excellent permissioned data capabilities. IOTA aims at bridging the permissioned capabilities offered by hyperledger with its permissionless capabilities with this collaboration. Arpit Joshipura, General Manager at Linux Foundation, stated:

“We’re excited to be integrating more closely with the IOTA Foundation and are eager to further open innovation and leveraging the unique capabilities that IOTA brings to the LF Edge table.”

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Altcoin News: IOTA and the Linux Foundation Partner Through LF Edge

  • Linux Foundation collaborates with IOTA for assistance in completing Linux’s stack of technologies
  • The IOTA Foundation plans to start by integrating the Edge X Foundry to increase interoperability in the stack

On September 23, 2019, the IOTA announced its partnership with the Linux Foundation to assist in the completion of Linux’s stack of technologies in the development of IoT, cloud integration and Edge.

Earlier this year, the IOTA Foundation had announced that they would expand into North America to increase their presence. Mathew Yarger, the Public Sector Product Owner at IOTA Foundation, states that this partnership with Linux Foundation marks the first step towards that direction.

Perks of Blockchain

For the last two years, IOTA has been working towards developing with the use of distributed ledger technology to solve real problems. Both blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are merited as new tech break barriers, enhance collaborations among different startups as well as do things functionally.

The initial step for the IOTA foundation is to integrate the Edge X Foundry. IOTA plans to showcase its power in securing, scaling and increasing interoperability in the stack, particularly, the Edge and fog parts.

The hyper ledger is another part of the LF Edge stack with decentralized technologies. They have developed great permissioned data capabilities. Through this partnership, IOTA is projected to bridge the permissioned capabilities offered by hyper ledger with its permissionless capabilities.

Arpit Joshipura, General Manager at Linux Foundation, stated:

“We’re excited to be integrating more closely with the IOTA Foundation and are eager to further open innovation and leveraging the unique capabilities that IOTA brings to the LF Edge table.”

The report states that the IOTA Foundation has been working on bridging the hyper ledger for a while. IOTA Foundation hopes that bridging of the hyper ledger will be among the first open-source contributions they make to the LF Edge stack. They believe it can allow interoperability and data sharing for both permissioned and permissionless.

The IOTA Foundation express their excitement in the open collaboration with Linux Foundation, EdgeX Foundry, the Hyperledger ecosystems, and LF Edge. The Linux Foundation is also excited towards working together with IOTA in the open-source collaborations which signify the ability for different startups to grow together.

IOTA to Make the Linux Foundation Complete

The Linux Foundation has for some time been known as a leader in the open-source community, embracing open collaboration, multi-stakeholder solutions as well as having a great platform and service in the technology space.

The LF Edge has been said to be the leading open source stack for cloud interoperability, Edge and IoT. However, despite the hype, something was missing – the distributed ledger technology. With IOTA joining in, the LF Edge framework will be complete.

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