10 Decentralized key management

Dr. Sam Smith

Chapter 9 covered the overall topic of SSI digital wallets and agents. However, the function at the very core of digital wallets—cryptographic key management—is deep enough to merit its own chapter. Although thousands of papers and dozens of books have been written on the subject of key management, for this chapter on decentralized key management, we called on Dr. Sam Smith, who is not only one of the most prolific thinkers and authors in SSI but the inventor of Key Event Receipt Infrastructure (KERI), covered in the final section of this chapter. Sam received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Brigham Young University in 1991; spent 10 years at Florida Atlantic University, reaching ...

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