Professional identity is based on achievements, records, and referrals of a person. Fundamentally they should not represent only one type of characteristic but a multitude of them from passions and hobbies to full-time employment and tutorials completed. Neither your identity should be behind only one identity provider or crypto wallet.
Identity in Protocol
Every new person creating a Profile in the Proof-of-Talent protocol is assigned a unique identifier in the Attestation Registry. This allows them to map multiple wallet addresses to their identity and comprehensively represent their contributions and achievements throughout the decentralized web. The person can also link another identity provider to their Proof-of-Talent identity, like their Proof-of-Humanity or GitHub accounts.
Having one unique identity per person allows the following:
- Skill scores and badges are soul-bound to their unique identifier
- A person can mint badges on any of their wallets
- Losing access to a wallet doesn’t block access to one’s reputation
- Remember to add at least two wallet addresses!
Further notices of representations of attestation registry:
- User can revoke their attestations from the registry
- SBT badges minted based on values in the attestation registry are self-revocable
Once the wallet address has been connected to a unique identifier in the protocol, you can’t:
- Move wallet from one id to another
- Remove wallet from identity
- Merge two Proof-of-Talent identities
Verifiable credentials & Decentralized identity
Discussion over the future of cryptographic identity in web3 has been circling over two approaches:
- VCs and DIDs
- NFTs and Soulbound Tokens (SBTs)
The Proof-of-Talent protocol relies primarily on SBTs and smart contracts in its architecture. However, it’s important to highlight that in some scenarios, VCs offer a significantly better alternative to store information in a privacy-protected way (although their standards are still finding their forms for convenient open-source development with strict schemas and definitions). We are handling VCs similarly to OAuth credentials.
Off-chain identity credentials
Aside from on-chain credentials, identity protocol also supports off-chain authentication methods.
Many web2 companies support platform-governed OAuth methods that allow an alternative way to password based authentication to websites. Linking different platform identities to Proof-of-Talent identity allows to do OAuth authentication only ones and prove access based on Identity badge afterwards.
Community-governed identity management
At the current state of development, the core team has rules to manage the whole registry and data pointed to identifiers. This is to allow changes and upgrades to protocol to develop it even further.
Our vision is to enable a community-governed protocol that represents the core values of the decentralized ethos. We will practice progressive decentralization as the protocol reaches strong adoption and maturity.
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