The Committee ISO/TC 307 has unanimously approved the designation of Paolo Campegiani, Innovation Strategist of Bit4id, as the Project Leader for the new Technical Report titled “Overview of existing DLT systems for identity management”. After the designation, Campegiani wrote a post on LinkedIn to share this experience and his points of view.

«When I started looking at blockchains and distributed ledgers, some years ago, I had this vision: only digital identity could provide to blockchains the layer that is needed to provide integrity, confidentiality and security of the transactions stored into them. Blockchains are perfect when you want to have an immutable copy of some data shared between potentially not cooperating parties, but if the data have been forged before being stored, you not only have the problem of forged data, but also the problem that this data is stored in an immutable system.

Innovation is a journey when you meet people and exchange your ideas with theirs. Sometimes they agree with you, sometimes not, sometimes they correct you badly, but ideas is what you exchange and trade with other people when you do innovation. At the beginning, when you have only your idea with you, you are probably in what seems a solitary journey, but then you start meeting other people, and your ideas are shared and shaped with others enriching everyone.

I am honored and humbled that the ISO Technical Committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, TC 307, has unanimously approved my designation as the Project Leader for a new Technical Report on “Overview of existing DLT systems for identity management“. In this report, we will investigate how digital identity could be provided for and by distributed ledgers.

After many years, I am happy that what could have been only my vision is now in fact shared by many other competent and capable professionals, scholars, business and government representatives, who gathered this week in Hyderabad to analyze the progresses on standardization.

#Standardization is not a way to come up with complex and obscure systems to make simpler things more complex, it’s about to serve the world to create a playing field equal for everyone, when the consensus of everyone has been considered. It’s about working together to provide a better and more fair future for everyone, to open up new business and creating new opportunities. Standardization is, somehow, blockchain before blockchain.

I want to thank all the people who have helped me in this journey. Starting from my company, Bit4id, who supported me in this vision helping me in implementing it: I know that from time to time I might have been a bit rushy and a bit pushy, but trying to put all the pieces together was not always very simple.

I have to thank the Italian delegation in TC/307, starting from his head, Andrea Caccia, but also extending it to all the members, who created a favorable place for a newcomer like me to enter the complex world of standardization.

I have to thank the convenor of ISO/TC 307/JWG4, Sal Francomacaro, and the convenor of ISO/TC 307/WG2, Julien Bringer, for helping me, supporting me and correcting me in the last week and more.

And last, all the delegates of ISO/TC 307 that in these days have been so kind to me, discussing and exchanging their ideas with me, asking for my views on many matters and always showing an incredible courtesy, competence and professionalism.»