PACIS 2021 Proceedings


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In the current global situation—burdened by, among others, a vast number of people without formal identification, digital leap, the need for health passports and contact tracking applications—providing private and secure digital identity for individuals, organizations and other entities is crucial. The emerging self-sovereign identity (SSI) solutions rely on distributed ledger technologies and verifiable credentials and have the potential to enable trustful digital interactions. In this human-centric paradigm, trust among actors can be established in a decentralized manner while the identity holders are able to own and control their confidential data. In this paper, we build on observations gathered in a field study to identify the building blocks, antecedents and possible outcomes of SSI ecosystems. We also showcase opportunities for researchers and practitioners to investigate this phenomenon from a wide range of domains and theories, such as the digital innovation ecosystems, value co-creation, surveillance theory, or entrepreneurship theories



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