Rebooting the Web of Trust 8 - Barcelona

March 11, 2019

Rebooting the Web of Trust was a melting pot of ideas where experts from across the identity community come together to develop whitepapers and code addressing some of the most pressing issues in the space. Probably the best community, conference…

CL Signatures for Anonymous Credentials

January 14, 2019

A CL Signature is a signature scheme developed by Jan Camenisch and Anna Lysyanskaya. This scheme has some properties that make it ideal for use in an anonymous credential system and is, in fact, the scheme that Sovrin, and I am sure others…

Strong Authentication and Identity Workshop

December 18, 2018

My first experience of the standards world at the W3C . It was not what I expected, but a worthwhile experience that I have a lot to learn from. Developing standards is clearly a tough business. The challenge is to develop a small, inter-operable…

Establishing MyData Scotland

December 17, 2018

I have been working towards officially establishing MyData Scotland with help from Thomas Presslie, Iain Henderson and others. We recently went through our peer acceptance interview. It got us thinking and talking about what MyData means to us and…

BIL Lab Week 10

December 10, 2018

A less academic week I would say. More a week of meetings and organisation. Both necessary and productive though. I had a couple of MyData communications this week. A call to discuss hosting the general meeting. I hope I can come through on this…

W3C Identity Workshop Position Statement

December 04, 2018

I am hugely looking forward to attending the W3C Workshop on Strong Authentication and Identity . It is going to be a place for me to validate my current ideas and understanding of the identity space with a group of experts. I hope that it will be a…

BIL Lab Week 9

December 03, 2018

This week went well. I actually don’t know if it was too different from the other weeks but things seem to be falling into place. I certainly felt better about my PhD than I have for a while. We had a public MyData Edinburgh meeting, that while…

BIL Lab Week 8

November 26, 2018

So, I started writing my literature review. If you can call it writing. I am certainly not adept at academic writing yet, but hopefully, I will learn. My current progress is more a collection of half garbled sentences or paragraphs that hopefully…

BIL Lab Week 7

November 18, 2018

Better from me. Not perfect, but much better. I followed a routine this week. I defined my weekly and daily goals and managed to achieve most of them. One of those goals was to read more. Well, I am currently reading four different books, three non…

BIL Lab Week 6

November 11, 2018

This was a bad week. Lack of concentraction. Lack of focus. I really struggled. I think I was still feeling the effects of a long weekend. I went back home, went out wth my friends then moved all my stuff up to Edinburgh. I took the Monday off to…

BIL Lab Week 5

November 02, 2018

I started my week feeling fairly lost. Bill mentioned something called Attribute-Based Encryption. Which sounds great, you define a set of attributes which are encrypted and allow access to a system based on the presentation of a specific set of…

BIL Lab Week 4

October 29, 2018

This week was a mixed bag. Well, that’s how it felt on Friday, but on reflection perhaps I did more than I thought. I completed my first implementation of a zero-knowledge proof which I am pretty proud of. Take a look at the code , I tried to…

BIL Lab Week 3

October 22, 2018

It has been encouraging week for me, I am starting to see some real progress. Particularly my Rust development. Although also my Zero Knowledge knowledge has come a long way. Concepts that were foreign to me are becoming recognisable and even…

BIL Lab Week 2

October 14, 2018

This week I began exploring the Zero Knowledge rabbit hole. Reading, scribbling and scratching my head. I made progress though. Understanding the mysterious cryptography behind a Zero Knowledge proof is going to be a tough nut to crack but I am…

BIL Lab Week 1

October 08, 2018

Exciting, daunting and pretty hectic. I have a lot to learn. My initial goal is to learn Rust , a strongly and statically typed language some people call the new C++. As part of learning Rust I plan to implement the Crypto Pals cryptography…

Blockpass Identity Lab Launch

September 26, 2018

It was a whirlwind of a week, completing a whirlwind month since I left my job at the end of August. A month that has seen me travel to Helsinki for the MyData conference , then on to Berlin for the blockchain week and impressive ETHBerlin hackathon…

The Community Mind

September 20, 2018

My vision, inspired by the book A More Beautiful Question , to open source creativity by inspiring ideas through a connected web of open-ended, thought-provoking questions. Ideas will be the currency of the future. As our technological advancement…

MyData: A Conference, A Community, An Inspiration

September 05, 2018

Wow, what a conference. MyData exceeded my expectations and changed my perspective on a number of issues regarding data. Is it ours? Is it mine? Do I own it and should I? If I own it, should I be able to sell it? The scope of the problem discussed…

Do you exist online?

July 26, 2018

What aspect of your digital life truly belongs to you? What do you use to identify yourself online? Is it yours? What happens to the data you create online? Can you confidently say that you own it? Or that you have a say in how it is used? Currently…

Lessons learned from deploying my first full-stack web application

March 26, 2018

I recently achieved one of my long-term goals: deploying my first full-stack web application. In this post, I’ll be sharing the lessons I learned from a beginner’s perspective, along with some useful tutorials I followed, key roadblocks that I had to…

CodeBlock: A Blockchain Developer Day from Blockchain

March 14, 2018

Eight awesome blockchain presentations across a wide range of topics. One hundred crypto nerds. A perfectly organised event. All made for an inspiring Saturday down at Campus London. First, I would like to say thank you to Blockchain the company…

Some reflections on my side project’s first anniversary

February 26, 2018

Photo by Joseph Chan on Unsplash My side project turns one this month. It has been a real learning roller coaster. Basically, a side project is something you do on the side — or so I thought. It’s a project that you are self-motivated, rather…