Why self-sovereign identity will increase university demands for a future in lifelong digital credentials

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In the modern era, university students find themselves caught between two worlds. One where their life is still on paper — and another, where their classes, finances, and assignments are all digitized. With an avalanche of data, apps, and online forms, faculties are forcing students to waive their privacy rights unnecessarily to simply register as a student. It is fair to say that most of the time, students and teachers feel like their identity is out of their hands and is scattered across the internet in both paper and digital forms.

Graduates currently live in a world where they can use a digital train ticket to travel to their interview, yet still, be required to carry a physical university degree certificate as proof of qualification. The graduate, through pure instinct, will unknowingly overshare and follow what is asked of them by their new employer. The rules are being set for students by employers and education boards, whether they like it or not. From online submissions to autofill, privacy is becoming even more complex, as many faculties and new employers aim to keep valuable data within their reach.

Self-sovereign identity (SSI) is a decentralized technology that puts individuals back in control of their data. Imagine if a university graduate wanted to share their new digital degree certification with an employer. With SSI, they can send it to the employer instantly in a digital format.

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