Applying Blockchain to Decentralized Identity

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-16-C-00061
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00012-H-SB016.1-002-0029-I
Amount: $97,370.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB016.1-002
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00012
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-05-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-11-01
Small Business Information
12233 Corliss Ave N., Seattle, WA, 98133-8538
DUNS: 019869595
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Drummond Reed
 (206) 364-0992
Business Contact
 Drummond Reed
Title: Chief Trust Officer
Phone: (206) 364-0992
Research Institution
The purpose of this SBIR Proposal is to conduct the basic research that will result in a specific method by which blockchain technology can provide a decentralized foundation for privacy-respecting identity management infrastructure. Respect Network will research and develop a decentralized registry and discovery service for Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) to integrate with the public blockchain. DIDs will allow principals to directly control their own identities with cryptographic proofs and secure, addressable network endpoints. DIDs will enable a Decentralized Identity Management (DIDM) infrastructure that will empower people and organizations to securely and confidentially manage and assert their identities. Open standards and established industry protocols will permit principals to selectively disclose identity claims, and to manage their privacy and digital relationships. Respect Network's thesis is that the combination of DIDs and DIDM architecture, using public and/or private blockchains as "identity backbones", can meet traditional information security principles of confidentiality, integrity, availability, non-repudiation and provenance. Further, our approach applies privacy-by-design principles, including user control, selective disclosure of information and pseudonymity. This proposal presents the basic research challenges that need to be accomplished to harness the science and technology of DIDs, and to integrate DIDs into DIDM infrastructure that serves both individuals and enterprises. Our proposed effort and deliverables will present and answer critical questions related to security and privacy. Results of our research will enable the development and demonstration of prototypes in future R&D phases for Homeland Security Enterprise applications, and for commercial products.

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