A critical addition to the Sovrin framework

Today I made a critical addition to the Sovrin framework that was accepted within the documentation of the Sovrin Foundation. Together with the ‘Blockchain governance’ working group of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition a thorough analysis of the governance structure proposed by Sovrin was conducted.

We concluded the present maturity of Sovrin’s proposal of a Secure Sovereign Identity (SSI) framework lacked a critical part regarding the autonomy of users of the proposed system.

In correspondence with Sovrin I proposed the following addition to the draft governance model:

“The technology’s mechanism design has no self-enforcing distributed mechanism that neutralises differences of interest among different stakeholders participating in the network, therefore ultimately the board of The Sovrin Foundation governs the sovereignty of Sovrin’s users.”

Basically my addition makes clear at this moment in time the proposal from the Sovrin Foundation does not provide full sovereignty to future users. The moderator of the documentation acknowledged this is a very critical part of the framework and added my comments to the framework, after some adjustments. The final addition became the following phrase.

“Note that at present the Sovrin Governance Framework has no self-enforcing distributed mechanism that neutralises differences of interest among different stakeholders participating in the network, therefore this is the responsibility of the Sovrin Board of Trustees. Future versions of the Sovrin Governance Framework shall aim to provide such mechanisms.”

The latest version of the Sovrin documentation, including the addition from the working group, can be found here.