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Self-Sovereign Identity


Self-Sovereign Identity must emit directly from an individual human life, and not from within an administrative mechanism created by, for, as abstractions of individual human activities, and must remain amenable in design and intent directly by individual humans with original source authority.
Self-Sovereign Identity references every individual human identity as the origin of source authority. A self-Sovereign identity produces an administrative trail of data relations that begin and resolve to individual humans. Every individual human may possess a self-Sovereign identity, and no person or abstraction of any type created may alter this innate human Right. A self-Sovereign identity is the root of all participation as a valued social being within human societies of any type. The denial of self-Sovereign identity disavows human authority to individuals in order to transmute this authority via an administrative chain of custody without root authority. While plausibly deniable, the resulting relationship infrastructure disavows self-Sovereign identity, and thereby achieves liability exposure at odds with human will and operational intent as expressed by individual humans across time and place of infinite design.
Self-Sovereign Identity lacks personal control and authority until an individual human attests in partnership with other individuals attesting that self-Sovereign identity exists in force. Babies may not attest a self-Sovereign identity as a human being, and exist with custodial care by others with authority. The nature of this authority-based relationship, and the manner in which self-Sovereign identity exists-in-waiting determine whether self-Sovereign identity is self-provisioned by grace or by force.
Self-Sovereign Identity may not exist pragmatically in any given time or place, depending on the methods with which authority is administered by individual humans in relationship with other individuals and constituted groupings of individuals. This is a function of time and place, and always amenable to change based on the root nature of self-Sovereign identity.
Upon a foundation of self-Sovereign identity, relationships of contiguous integrity, value and meaning form to determine that nature by which identity-based transactions may reflect and refactor the opportunities of participation. This participation among relationships exists simultaneously in both micro and macro terms, constructing civilizations, national societies, regional governing bodies, local constituencies, informal groupings, and personal affiliations… including the most nuanced of family structures that humanity is made from.
The denial of self-Sovereign identity represents an omission of source authority, whether by negligence or administered intent. As constructed within 20th century administrative models extending into the early 21st century, liability control mechanisms producing plausibly deniable chains of custody by administrative design and intent represent an engineered outcome created by human systems, including legal, technical and administrative to subvert self-Sovereign identity in favor of centralized administrative control of the identified assets that comprise human civilization en mass.
Transmuting self-Sovereign identity via technology may be possible in as many ways as the human mind can invent, and the human mind can test personally, while affirming the personal source authority of the origin of affiliated use. This is an active area of exploration in the year 2016++.
Added January 7, 2021