This should have been a tweet. But the format was not fitting.
The promise of a personal decentralized identity is that the trust component involved in your use of credentials in the real world can be replicated online. In the real world, when you present your driving license to a law enforcement officer during a periodical check, the officer checks its validity and legitimacy by looking at specific features on your driving license. Since they are a trained eye, the error rate in verifying your document is lower than what a layman would have and the accuracy even better when…
Introduction: This article is a brief on the essence of a Pan-African approach towards technological innovation, resilience, and the possibilities of a robust software approach in problem solving for Africa.
Pan-Africanism has been hailed for years by greats like Toussaint Louverture of the Haitian revolution in the 18th century to Kwame Nkrumah in the 20th century as the ideal that individuals of African descent, in the continent and the diaspora, ought to contribute towards a collective self-reliance to fulfill the potential of the continent. …
On Personal Identity in Africa
In the previous post, we established how central the individual is in daily interactions despite holding different credentials.
One person may hold a national ID card, a driver’s license, a student’s ID card, an employee card, a club membership card and a health insurance card. Yet in the end, it is still the same person regardless of interactions made in the real world. In usage of any of the credentials, one only needs to show it, have its credibility checked before being granted access to a facility or services tied to the identity credentials.
Who you are varies depending on who asks. Your name may be Juma but to your children you are a parent, an employee to your employer, a student to your university, a taxpayer and citizen to your government. Different contexts define who we are over our lifetime and how we identify ourselves. One individual may end up holding different forms of documents to prove who they are to access and benefit from given services.
Some details may vary on the different identifying documents but some key details are unchangeable. Common details are usually your name, gender, and your image in…
Your personal ID done right.
Across the world, societies are built on relationships. The binding agent of human relationships is based on trust. If the levels of trust are low, the relationships rarely hold. Where levels of trust are high, there exists strong connections between people. Interactions become more regular and are longer. Information exchanged between parties that trust each other increases in quantity and in value as the relationship grows. When trust is compromised, value of information exchanged as well as its quantity declines.
A perspective on the relevance of applying a blockchain solution.
Ten years since Satoshi Nakamoto gifted the world the Bitcoin paper, more has been realized beyond the liberalization of the concept of money as a means of exchange and storage of value. Vitalik Buterin later proposed a case on how to write applications on Bitcoin to extend its abilities beyond digital currency. He later wrote Ethereum, a decentralized platform with a general scripting language for application development. Other variants of distributed ledger technologies have since proven relevant for real world use cases in a society that is getting more decentralized.
For some time, I have been tinkering with definitions of technical concepts to understand them personally to explore ways in which I can expand their use cases and applications. I believe that the key to mastering a technical concept is to having a somewhat localised version, a close to home definition. For that, stories often come in handy in breaking down technical concepts.
What is a blockchain? Here’s Wikipedia’s definition.
The promise of blockchain technologies to transform how humans interact has seen the rise in adoption of blockchain and similar distributed ledger technologies. Distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) enable recording of interactions between parties allowing the transfer of value on a peer-to-peer basis without the need for an intermediary.
Application of distributed ledger technologies by businesses and governments world over could see the birth of a new standard of information exchange. One characterised by generation of huge troves of data and an approach where users of internet applications regain ownership of their data. Power over one’s personal data would bring a…
Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology.
Hyperledger Nairobi, the official Hyperledger Community in Kenya will launch on October 6 at Strathmore University Business School!
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A simple guide to set up your environment with Hyperledger Composer and allow you to develop a blockchain business network.
Hyperledger Composer is an extensive, open development toolset and framework to make developing blockchain applications easier. Our primary goal is to accelerate time to value, and make it easier to integrate your blockchain applications with the existing business systems. You can use Composer to rapidly develop use cases and deploy a blockchain solution in weeks rather than months. Composer allows you to model your business network and integrate existing systems and data with your blockchain applications.