KERI is a breakthrough technology considered to be the first truly decentralized identity system that is ledger-portable. Can Cardano be the first KERI Witness network on a major blockchain?
RootsID will work closely with the team behind KERI to develop the first implementation of a witness for key event logs, making Cardano a secondary root of trust.
This is the total amount allocated to KERI bridge for Cardano
Key Event Receipt Infrastructure (KERI) is the first truly fully decentralized identity system. Based on a log of self-certifying cryptographic key events it produces a decentralized secure root-of-trust that doesn't need a ledger, or, moreover, is ledger-portable which means that its identifiers are not locked to any given blockchain and may switch as needed. In other words KERI identifiers are truly portable.
For that reason it is considered a breakthrough technology that is being adopted in major projects such as Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF), that works with partners to issue millions of unique identification to legal entities participating in financial transactions around the globe.
One of KERI’s primary innovations is that parties other than the controller of the identifier can also sign the events as Witnesses, just as someone would witness a person’s physical signature on a paper document (as it’s often legally required for high value documents like wills and mortgages).
A blockchain is the perfect technology to act as a witness providing an independent root of trust besides the controller. This feature is highly appreciated and the first to implement it will become a de facto trustee to anyone implementing KERI.
This project is about implementing the bridge between KERI event logs and Cardano to act as a Witness on each transaction. The activities required two main activities:
RootsID team is participating in the KERI working group that meets every Tuesday. We have mentioned the possibility of this project and the working team offered its commitment to provide support in that endeavor.
More information about KERI at https://keri.one
As indicated by this article from the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF), KERI could become the foundation of massive interoperability and portability at the infrastructure layer (the blockchain). In other worlds, the technology provides a way to move identifiers from one chain to another with cryptographic guarantee.
KERI bridges and backers, as this project is about, is enabling the portability of Identifiers between blockchains with a guarantee of ownership (private public keys and their updates events). And since data written in a blockchain is guaranteed by cryptographic signatures by their owners, KERI is also allowing the portability of trusted data.
That portability is a big step for cross-chain collaboration and the reason why we think is important for this Challenge goal.
KERI is a complex cryptographic protocol and ecosystem of service roles. Just the whitepaper lasts 140 pages. Our main concerns and risk is tackling that complexity, even though our work may not require the full understanding of the protocol. Our mitigation plan, and confidence, comes from our regular participation in the KERI working group that meets every Tuesday. That meeting is led by the creator of KERI, Sam Smith, Ph.D. who personally offered all the help needed to cope with this task.
Project plan consist of the following activities with its duration:
TOTAL DURATION: 3 months
The high-level scope of each of the four activities above is is composed by:
Budget is mostly composed of researching and development hours at a ratio of $100/hr. Based on the activities defined above the requested breakdown budget is:
TOTAL BUDGET: $16.000
The RootsID team has been delivering Open Source building blocks for the Self-Sovereign Identity ecosystem in Cardano. They have been funded in several Catalyst projects since Fund 6. All of them were delivered successfully on time or still in development in the planned timeline. Our funded projects are:
The team is constantly engaged in all Self Sovereign Identity Cardano activities such as Atala Prism Astros, Atala Prism Pioneer Program, Prism+SSI After Town Hall break rooms, and meeting periodically with partners or related Catalyst projects with the aim of collaboration and help adoption and growth of Cardano in the Identity world.
Additionally, the team participates actively in the worldwide SSI community by attending and collaborating to several working groups in the Decentralized Identity Foundation, the Hyperledger foundation, and the Trust over IP foundation.
This project in particular will be developed by Rodolfo Miranda and Lance Byrd:
Rodolfo Miranda: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodolfomiranda/
His background includes a MS EE degree at Stanford University and more than 25 years of successful work experience in both large multinational companies and owned startup projects. His main activities involve architecting, developing, and implementing large scale software solutions for the Telecommunication Industry. Lately, he was engaged in blockchain technologies and joined Cardano community where he:
Lance Byrd: https://www.linkedin.com/in/2byrds/
His background includes a BS in Computer Science (UMBC) and MS in Information Assurance (Capitol College) and more than 22 years of software development as a consultant. He has developed massive scale data analytics and visualizations, machine learning analysis pipelines, and worked with University researchers to bring their work to market. He has also built and taught technical certification courses for several different topics in data analysis, big data, and compliance.
He is an expert Cardano/Catalyst/Atala Prism SSI mobile developer. He is one of the founders of RootsID which has been building a Cardano-based open source identity ecosystem including a mobile identity wallet called RootsWallet. He is advised by expert UX designers from IOG, identity experts like Darrell O'Donnel and Tony Rose and is a regular at Trust Over IP, Decentralized Identity Foundation, and Hyperledger foundation meetings.
For this Fund 9, RootsId is presenting the following proposals:
Since we are participating in 10 proposals, we carefully planned time allocation for each of us. We defined our individual commitment per week as if all of the proposals are funded including extra activities. Based on that, we defined the allocation per proposal for each of us needed to deliver the proposal in time. Take in account that we design our proposals to have a duration no longer than 12-14 weeks in order to match funding rounds, that means that our pending F8 proposals will be concluded before the F9 execution phase starts. For your reference we add a link to the time allocation spreadsheet that can help you validate that our commitments are feasible.
If we get funded there’s a high chance that we return in the next round to improve that project from a Proof of Concept to a system that can be deployed in production. Also we should engage with potential users interested in that capability. We would like to include KERI features in several of our open source projects that have been built for the Cardano community.
This project is basically a software development project with four clear deliverables that will work as proofs of completion:
Additionally, this team adopts Agile methodology based on the tools provided by Github. Besides progress reports, the advancement will be tracked by public Github issues, project views (like Kanban board) and commits. Intermediate progress will be reported as Sprint Burndown, a KPI metric that shows the progress in percentage of each development sprint.
Our success have several goals:
This is an entirely new proposal.
We are grateful to be able to discuss and consider how our identity software might impact our grass roots users and their communities. By giving each individual control over their own cryptographically verifiable digital identity, we hope to empower their ability to choose to be remembered and/or forgotten in nuanced and fulfilling ways that improves every area of their life and community. We would especially like to see improvements in the following ways:
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
10.7 Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies
16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
9.b Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities
RootsID is a group of expert Cardano/Catalyst/Atala Prism/Aries SSI developers building an open source identity ecosystem on Cardano. We have been engaging with KERI working groups and are excited to research how to bring these two innovative communities and ecosystems together.