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Hope you are enjoying the summer, it might be over or you have some more weeks left, we do hope the last is what is true. We wanted to share some updates about what is going on in our backyard! And hope to see you active and going for our next events!
Theme of this newsletter: Nordic countries
The Nordics have come a far way in the digitization space, use of bank cards, pay with mobile phones and the use of electronic ID that works across the digital ecosystem. That is great. But to reach the holy grail of how an identity should work online, we have some steps to take. We believe schibsted do summarize this well in context of Sweden. A key takeaway "Given our runaway success, Sweden will probably be Bank-ID:ing away happily, ignoring the megatrend towards a decentralized, self-sovereign, ID layer. Meanwhile, communities and nations without a Bank-ID-type solution will leapfrog onto the solutions powered by Blockchain. Bank-ID is only a local maximum on the ever-rising ladder of innovation. And early success can be fatal in the long run."
- Finland started early with the movement of protecting data and identity, which has allowed the ecosystem there to grow quickly. MyData have much of its roots grow out of Finland. Partnerships such as MyData and Tieto Evry has come to life. Universities are doing research about decentralized subjects. Finland have projects such as TrustNet, which focuses on the SSI network, Findy which also focus on a verifiable trust network.
- Sweden have always been a country that have to innovate, because they dont have the same resources as Norway. That is why we see companies such as Spotify, Volvo, H&M and VOI grow out of Sweden. Sweden is now also producing better identity companies such as Covr Security & iGrant
- As for Denmark and Iceland, we have not seen much movement from them in the SSI space. If anyone have good information on this ping us at [email protected].foundation
- Norway do have some movement. Digdir have mentioned SSI concepts in some of their work. They have partaken into the discussions of the newest EIDAS revision mentioned in the last newsletter. DIN have information spreading initatives, and is working with research facilities in Norway to get projects started. DIN is also advising projects where they can, such as bachelor students at NTNU, business projects and other initiatives trying to get a digital identity up and running.
This is long wall of text, but we feel we have informed you about the current state of the nordics. Let us know if you have any input on this information and we will gladly share more in our newsletter post. Just email us at [email protected] 🌞🎉
We join forces with Norstella again! 7th of September
We will talk about what is closest to us, EU, and the latest EU Digital Wallet. What will it mean for us as Norwegian citizens? And how is it related to SSI?
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