Decentralized identity technology aims to do much better, making users and their devices the sole authoritative sources of personal data by using digital identity wallets. These would function as if they were payment wallets, where a user could dole out as much personal data on request as they see fit to share in even more privacy-enhanced ways. Trusted issuers would lodge the data in the form of tamper-resistant verifiable credentials (VCs), and verifiers would have ways of retrieving and checking the sources of these VCs. Distributed ledgers serve to underpin issuer networks.
Both the tracing apps and early vaccine passports are trends in the right direction. However, consumers need a unified way to not only prove who they are, but provide credentials to prove their claims, such as a vaccination status depending on the jurisdiction they are in. To do this, consumers need digital identity and document verification services that are cross-border and can be easily adopted.
This requires a horizontal identity layer that is not tied to one industry vertical and has cross-platform support for rapid adoption. As vaccinations continue at different rates in countries, individuals will need to prove again and again their vaccination status for everything from international flights to local concerts. Both the continued dependence on digital services and the need for identity verification will pave the way for Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI).
While Fastly’s outage is a wake up call for its customers, who will be doing back-of-the-envelope calculations to work out their losses during the downtime, there’s no obvious solution, warns Kevin Curran, Professor of Cyber Security at Ulster University and senior member of technical professional organisation IEEE.
While Sir Tim is busy dedicating his time to building a newly-decentralised version of the internet via his web platform Solid, until the public grasps how important that data is and mounts a full backlash against the ways in which tech giants abuse it, the ways in which the internet operates is unlikely to change, Prof Curran adds. Hospitals and banks and airlines and power grids and other major infrastructure systems need to ensure they have sufficient extra security layers and protocols in place for when people make configuration changes and to crucially, to learn from their mistakes, he says. “At the end of the day, the five giants rule the internet. But the internet really can be brought down by one person making a mistake.”
Cross-sector data sharing is also vital to driving smarter holistic infrastructure planning. For example, we are currently partnering with system integrators to harness cross-sector data on infrastructure such as utility poles and housing developments to inform holistic utility grid planning that complements rather than clashes with existing services. Integrated cross-sector datasets on the proximity of planned infrastructure to nearby environmental features such as forests can help utilities achieve environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments.
The trend towards data sharing requires an industry-wide step-change in the capture and curation of data to ensure all companies have a comprehensive, current picture of their networks and use geospatial information systems built around open design principles. This would ensure a consistent standard of network data is captured and shared across the industry. Rich, real-time, and open data can help foster a utility sector built around cooperation that facilitates a higher standard of network resilience despite the challenging environmental issues we face today.
This ‘virtuous circle’ of open information permits built-in PIA and subject information to be immediately shared with subject and workplace groups by way of cellular apps, critically shortening the time required for surveying, allowing and building; earlier than closing as-built information is then fed again to the organisation that started the method.
In the following few years, telecoms organisations might want to take a distinct method to the gathering, evaluation, and distribution of knowledge inside groups and throughout divisions if they’re to efficiently attain underserved communities and obtain 100% high-speed broadband protection as quickly as attainable. This might want to contain a shift to an open, collaborative method that prioritises effectivity and transparency.
Zayo will provide diverse dark fiber routes into the new location, providing connections back to Netwise’s existing core nodes in Telehouse North and Equinix LD8.
“We’ve used Zayo to deliver high capacity links elsewhere on our network for quite some time, so this is a natural evolution of our growing relationship. The diverse route options provided by Zayo will enable the resilient interconnection of our new London East data center with the rest of our core network,” said Matt Seaton, Senior Manager at Netwise.
“The newest collaboration with Netwise will enable Zayo to meet the growing demands for connectivity solutions in a major European hub,” said Yannick Leboyer, Europea CCO at Zayo. “Our unique, low latency fiber network will provide high-quality connections for service providers in the UK and across Europe.
In order to break through the current barriers of understanding, businesses need to take a utility-focused approach to the media. The internet’s mainstream moment came not when people understood how it worked, but why they needed it.
The same goes for blockchain. The space will only continue to grow as these barriers of understanding are lowered, and people begin to see the wide-ranging potential applications of the technology become reality. Blockchain companies who can get this right now stand not only to benefit from adoption in the short term, but to become the Googles, Microsofts and Apples of the future.
To solve these issues quickly, organisations can no longer afford to work in silos. Tracing the provenance of garments from end-to-end of the supply chain demands knowledge and data sharing from all actors, including brands, suppliers, NGOs and industry bodies. By disclosing previously private lists of supplier factories and third-party production facilities, industry actors can collaborate to monitor these sites. Open-source data allows parties to understand compliance risks and create a positive feedback loop with stakeholders on the ground to remedy social and environmental malpractice.
These are just a few of the myriad ways in which an open, any-to-any energy internet will promote innovation, stimulate competition and generate big wins. No one can predict exactly what those big wins will be, but there will surely be many, and they will accrue to the benefit of all.
That’s why even without a crystal ball, we should all commit ourselves to digitalization, decentralization, decarbonization, democratization and diversity. In so doing, we’ll build the energy internet together, and enable a fair, affordable and clean energy future.
Governments and their citizens can no longer avoid these questions, as we work together to tackle climate change, racial injustice, gender inequality and other defining challenges of our age. We need to establish policies and practices that show how to govern data for the public good, while keeping those in power in check. This kind of commitment can help restore public trust and maximize benefits, from closing gender and racial gaps to dealing effectively with future pandemics. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.