A Complete List of uPort’s Protocols, Libraries and Solutions
Want a complete list of uPort’s protocols, libraries and solutions? Congratulations! You’ve come to the right place.
A decentralized identity protocol requires many, many layers to be complete. Hence, this article serves as brief introduction to the range of uPort offerings.
The Living “Breathing” White Paper
The industry standard is to publish a white paper. Assess the current centralized and decentralized landscape. Describe the proposed protocol from a very high level. Start buidling.
However, the uPort protocol specification is constantly improving and evolving, which is why we removed uPort’s original white paper from the website, in favor of a “living and breathing” specification document.
uPort is nimble and ready to mingle… with other decentralized protocols!
As a developer, if you want to understand how uPort utilizes the Ethereum blockchain and other decentralized solutions, like the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) the best place to review is our regularly updated specifications.
Decentralized Technology — The Foundation
To build decentralized identity requires building atop decentralized solutions. Below is the list of specifications, libraries and protocols built by the uPort team, utilizing decentralized technologies like the Ethereum blockchain and InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) to establish scalable decentralized identity.
Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any…ethereum.org
A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol to make the web faster, safer, and more open.ipfs.io
Decentralized Identities (DIDs)
uPort Decentralized Identity — The “smart contract” Era
IdentityManager/Proxy Smart Contracts
uPort Decentralized Identity — The “ethr-did” Era
At the time of this writing (June 2018) the underlying uPort decentralized identity protocol is undergoing a major update.
The recently published
ethr-did specification and libraries forgo the requirement for smart contracts as the on-chain anchor used in our original decentralized identity protocol specification. Using the new
ethr-did protocol, creating decentralized identities is an order of magnitudes cheaper.
Now any Ethereum account (public/private key-pair) can now be considered a valid decentralized identity using the new
ethr-did decentralized identity protocol at outlined in the
ERC 1056 specification. It’s a big deal. BIG!
Ethereum Decentralized Identity (ethr-did)
Ethereum Decentralized Identity Registry
JSON Web Tokens (JWT) & Resolvers
uPort and DID compliant JWT
Generic DID Resolver
Decentralized Identity Resolver
DID resolver for uPort identities
DID resolver for Ethereum Addresses
Modular uPort Library
Push Notification Service
Private Network Support
Event Hub Service
Creator of Identities
Transaction Funding Service
I like to describe decentralized identity as a digital verification protocol that utilizes Web 3.0 technologies to provide sybil resistant mechanisms for decentralized Internet infrastructure, built atop cryptographic primitives.
The Decentralized Identity Foundation describes DIDs as “Decentralized identities are anchored by blockchain IDs linked to zero-trust datastores that are universally discoverable”, which is also a fantastic elevator pitch.
But no matter how you break it down, building a decentralized identity platform requires crafting and maintaining a lot different building blocks, across multiple technology stacks, both centralized and decentralized.
Whether you want to learn more, contribute to Open Source code, get help from seasoned developers or simply join the decentralized identity discussion please join us the uPort Community Channel 😃today!