Decentralized Identity Foundation Grows To 56 Members In Our First Year

Today marks the Decentralized Identity Foundation’s first anniversary. Over the past year, DIF has grown from a handful of founding organizations to 56 members. Together, we’re working to shape the future of decentralized identity technology and standards.

Decentralized Identity Members

Technology Under Development

DIF members are working together to build a variety of technologies. Much of this work is being done in collaboration with the larger open source community through the W3C and events such as Rebooting Web of Trust and the Internet Identity Workshop.

Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs)

Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) are a new type of identifier for verifiable, “self-sovereign” digital identity. DIDs are fully under the control of their owner, independent from any centralized registry, identity provider, or certificate authority.

Universal Resolver

The Universal Resolver is similar to Bind in the DNS system. However, instead of working with domain names, it works with self-sovereign identifiers that can be created and registered directly by their owners. This project was organized by DIF members with funding from British Columbia.


Chainpoint is an open standard for anchoring data to a blockchain and creating a timestamp proof.


Hubs are datastores containing semantic data objects at well-known locations. Each object in a Hub is signed by an identity and accessible via a globally recognized API format that explicitly maps to semantic data objects. Hubs are addressable via unique identifiers maintained in a global namespace. Several members within DIF have announced work on hub implementations, including Microsoft and Sovrin.

New Web Site!

We have launch DIF’s new website: You can also follow DIF on Twitter to keep up with news and announcements.

DIF Steering Committee Members

We’d like to thank the following Steering Committee members for providing leadership and helping DIF grow over the past year.

Sam Curren — Engineer, Sovrin Foundation

Rouven Heck — Co-Founder & Project Lead, uPort

Jude Nelson — Co-founder, Blockstack

Kim Duffy — Chief Technology Officer, Learning Machine

Daniel Buchner — Technical Product, Decentralized Identity at Microsoft

Dan Gisolfi — CTO Trusted Identity|Distinguished Engineer, IBM

Steering Committee Alumni: Tierion, GEM

Join Us

Please join DIF if you’re interested in shaping the future of identity. We have over 600 members in our community Slack.