Trust Registry – Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA)

June 6, 2022


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Decentralized Model, Digital Identity, Trust Registry

CIRA explores the emergence of trust registry services as a means to accelerate the adoption of decentralized digital identity.

The Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada (IDLab) is proud to announce that it has completed its analysis of the potential for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to offer trust registry services in the domain of decentralized identity. The advisory engagement was structured in three stages, first exploring the concepts of trust registry services, then elaborating upon key observations, and lastly recommending approaches for CIRA to contribute toward the advancement of digital identity adoption and ecosystems.

While the integrity of issued verifiable credentials can be assured using cryptography, the typical deployment does not provide the means to assure the authority and/or legitimacy of the issuer. Trust registries can deliver attestations as to the real-world identities for credential issuers.

Many parallels can be drawn between trust registry services and CIRA’s expertise. Consensus on approaches to addressing the “human trust” in decentralized digital identity is still in its infancy, which represents both a challenge and an opportunity for Canada. CIRA is in a position to contribute its expertise toward defining the missing trust anchors required to activate large scale deployment of the emerging decentralized identity ecosystem.

To learn more, read the executive summary here.


About the Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada

The Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada (IDLab) is an independent Canadian non-profit entity dedicated to advancing digital trust by breaking down barriers to digital ID adoption.

The IDLab promotes conformity and interoperability of user-centric digital identity solutions. The IDLab is not an incubator and does not develop or sell digital identity solutions. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption, development and knowledge of compliant and interoperable digital ID solutions.

That's what they say ;-)

“We see the work of the Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada as crucial to advancing Canada’s economy through the development of secure, trusted digital capabilities. In order to successfully deliver digital ID it will be necessary to ensure there is alignment between the public and private sectors. By working to bring these groups together and forge solutions, the IDLab can help to support an inclusive and safe online environment for Canadians to exchange value based on common standards and foundational capabilities.”

Neil Butters, Interac Corp.