Knowledge Theatre 1 - Day 2
"Self Sovereign Identity: learnings from the Belgian Blockchain on the move project and ambitions from the European Self Sovereign Identity Framework"
Giving citizens and coorporations back the control on their data/identity is one of the main ambitions of the self sovereign identity concept. In this session we will explore this new paradigm and share the learnings of the Belgian Blockchain on the move project where the different governments did the first tests with self sovereign identity and blockchain. We will also highlight the next steps including a public-private collaboration and alignment with the European/Global initiatives.
One of these initiatives is the European Self Sovereign Identity Framework (ESSIF) that will be built as a new building block by the different EU member states. In this session we will share the first steps and results of the new ESSIF and explain how this can related to other existing building blocks like eIDAS and provide a new way of the 'once only' principle.
The potential transparancy, decentralization, immutable audit trails, trust, smart contracts and management of value-assets in blockchain have also drawn the attention of the Flemish government. As a blockchain program manager at the Agency Information Flanders, the task and ambition of Daniel Du Seuil is to introduce the blockchain concepts in the different departments and agencies of the Flemish government. There are several proof of concepts running at this moment at the regional government level but the Flemish government is also activily seeking partners in other government and non-government organizations as members of an decentralized blockchain network.
In collaboration with other governments the Flemish government is setting up a technical blockchain framework to test and run the many different use case of blockchain in government. Blockchain will fundamentally change the way government work and interacts with citizens and commercial and non-commercial organizations and Flanders wants to take an active part in this disruptive change. An important topic is digital identity related to blockchain and this had led to the project Blockchain on the Move to explore the possibilities of self sovereign identity in a local and regional setting. Daniel Du Seuil is also an active member of the EU blockchain observatory and EU Blockchain Partnership where he is a member of the working group on the emerging European Self Sovereign Identity Framework.