Self-Sovereign Digital Agents for a Grassroots Digital Society

Ouri Poupko, Ehud Shapiro, Nimrod Talmon

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Abstract

Mainstream cryptocurrencies, based on proof of work or stake, require paying miners for the capital-intensive execution of a consensus protocol, and hence are unsuitable as a foundation for capital-free digital communities and for the bootstrap of a grassroots digital society. We aim to adapt and adjust the concepts, tools and technologies developed by the cryptocurrencies ecosystem, together with related networking technologies, into a foundation for a healthy grassroots digital economy and society. In this context we present the design and proof-of-concept implementation of a self-sovereign digital agent (ssDA), as an essential building block for a grassroots digital economy and society. The ssDA serves as a party, on behalf of its sovereign - a person - in digital social contracts, which are smart contracts among vetted participants, who are its sovereign in that they jointly execute the contract with an egalitarian consensus protocol. Digital social contracts may realize social networks, sharing economy applications, social governance of a digital community, and more. The ssDA is a software application that allows a person to partake in multiple digital social contracts simultaneously. Participation in a contract can be realized by initiating it or by being invited to it. Extra confidence in the integrity of the data is achieved by each person maintaining a blockchain containing all the person's transactions in all contracts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2022 IEEE 42nd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages202-212
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781665471770
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Event42nd IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2022 - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 10 Jul 202213 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems
Volume2022-July

Conference

Conference42nd IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2022
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBologna
Period10/07/2213/07/22

Keywords

  • blockchain
  • e-Democracy
  • self-sovereign identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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