Trust Over IP in Decentralized Information and the Role of Delegates

Michael Ruminer
1 min readMay 18, 2024
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As I read the Issuer Requirements Guide from Trust Over IP Foundation it only reinforces my long-standing belief that well-known trusted proxy/witness/delegate issuers will serve an important role. Every organization or even many organizations will not want to maintain the governance needs to be a trusted issuer and instead will outsource that activity to a delegate that can ensure integrity and governance over their issuing activities.

For example, a gig platform such as Uber will not issue proof of work and proof of income credentials but will instead have a delegate do this on their behalf. The overhead for them in proper governance would be too steep. Instead the proxy/witness/delegate will collect the information from the source and issue a credential on their behalf. The delegate would be the trusted party in Trust Over IP (TOIP).

We see this in today’s world with service bureaus for different activities. The future will not be quite as decentralized as the potential for it to be because orgs will not wish to maintain the needed structures to ensure it. There is a place for well-known delegates.

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Michael Ruminer

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