The speaker will introduce the W3C Verifiable Credentials Data Model, which was published as a Proposed Recommendation in September 2019. Verifiable Credentials are the latest development in identity management and are fundamentally different from today's federated identity management systems such as SAML and OpenID Connect.

David will describe the VC ecosystem and data model. He will then describe the prototype implementation which was built with colleagues from the University of Toulouse. They built a prototype system, which uses Fast Identity Online (FIDO) for user authentication, meaning that usernames and passwords are no longer needed. A pilot application was tested with a small sample of NHS patients and the speaker will present the results of this trial.



David Chadwick is Professor of Information Systems Security at the University of Kent, and managing director of Verifiable Credentials Ltd. He is a co-author of the W3C Verifiable Credentials Data Model and the W3C Implementation Guidelines.

David's interests are identity management, trust management, strong authorisation and privacy protection. W3C Verifiable Credentials combine all of these together to provide the next generation identity eco-system.


18:30 Start.  Refreshments and networking from 18:00.  All welcome.


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W3C Verifiable Credentials - Kent Branch
Date and time
Thursday 3 October, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
University of Kent
Room SW101
School of Computing, Cornwallis South
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