Rebooting the Web of Trust X - 2020A - Buenos Aires

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Polo Educativo Mugica

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Our tenth Rebooting the Web of Trust (#RWOT) design workshop on decentralized identity technologies will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday March 16 through Friday March 20, 2020.

This event STARTS Monday evening with presentations and a poster session of the top topic papers. We'll also have a group dinner Friday evening. Plan your travel accordingly.

  • Topic Paper Night on Monday evening, March 16th. This will be open to the public and is an integral part of the workshop process, where we begin the process of sharing ideas and forming teams.

  • Group Dinner on Friday the 20th. We have something special planned for all registered attendees.

Check out https://weboftrustinfo.discourse.group/ for RWOT discussion threads

Collaborators at Rebooting the Web of Trust

Over the last five years, Rebooting the Web of Trust has published over fifty collaborative white papers, technical specs, and code repos. The focus of all of our events is on decentralized identity, including technical models, reputation systems, smart contracts and more. We've had high-level users tell us about practical use cases and applications, and we've had engineers create technical specifications and code.

Some members of our community have leveraged this work and turned it into projects that have received VC funding, while others have brought in over $5M in SBIR grants and other contracts from the US Government. Technology specifications incubated at our events are also moving toward acceptance in W3C and IETF as international standards, while other companies have contributed code to Hyperledger, to Ethereum, and to multiple open source repositories. Others have integrated RWOT work into proprietary identity platforms.

The terminology of “Self-Sovereign Identity” created at our design workshops is now being used broadly as the future of identity by many identity organizations worldwide. The current draft specification for Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) in the W3C Decentralized Identifier Working Group https://w3c.github.io/did-core/ drew heavily on the work at our workshops (as well as at IIW and the W3C CCG).

FACILITATED DESIGN WORKSHOP

This English-language, four-and-a-quarter day facilitated event will use the same basic format as the previous successful Rebooting the Web of Trust design workshops in San Francisco, New York, Paris, Boston, Santa Barbara, Toronto, and Barcelona. We work together to produce white papers and specifications to influence the future of decentralized identity by establishing and promoting new identity technologies. Full documentation of the prior events is available in the Web-of-Trust GitHub repository — including photos, drafts, graphic output, and previous White Papers.

The design workshop is intended for developers, cryptographers, researchers, user-experience designers, and policy experts who are actively involved in building a next-generation web of trust. We also welcome participants with demonstrable needs for decentralized technologies, to ensure the diversity of the event.

  • "I was really thrilled with this design workshop. The participants I met there are brilliant, I got a good long peek into the future, and this collection of thought leaders is definitely designing the next big thing at warp speed. Also, the event provided an ideal sounding board for my ideas, allowing our team to refine them substantially. This is the place to be, if you seek to become a thought leader in this next quantum leap toward the decentralized digital future." — Moses Ma, FutureLab

This event we are experimenting with a 4.25 day schedule with the same focused time at the 3 day version, but with additional, scheduled yet unstructructured time to enjoy the beautiful city of Buenos Aires and an opening night event that kickstarts the collaborative process.

ANTICIPATED WORKSHOP OUTCOMES

The goal of Rebooting the Web of Trust is to:

  • Collaboratively create at least five technical papers or specifications on topics that will have the greatest impact on the future.
  • Showcase the scope of use cases and requirements for decentralized identity.
  • Explore tools that could be useful to developers, researchers, and funders.
  • Discuss and suggest approaches to the adoption of these technologies.

ADVANCE PREPARATION FOR ATTENDEES

A substantial discount is offered to participants who write one-or-two-page advance reading topic papers (or to alumni who update a previously submitted advance reading) to share with other participants. These topic papers can include:

  • A specific problem related to identity or trust.
  • A discussion of why current solutions such as PGP or CA-based PKI can not address the problem.
  • A specific solution using decentralized identity or a web of trust.
  • Specific questions not addressed by current solutions.

Examples of advance readings from previous workshops are available in our Github repos. They are due by February 7th to allow other participants to read them before the event. Please upload your papers directly to the RWOT10 Advanced Topics repo via pull request.

You may also benefit from reading the RWOT Primer at https://github.com/WebOfTrustInfo/rwot10-buenosaires/blob/master/topics-and-advance-readings/rwot-primer.md, which is packed with details about the entire process from topic papers to collaborating on-site and after the event through to publishing fully edited professional quality papers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Communications Resources

During and between events we use @RWOTEvents at Twitter and https://weboftrustinfo.discourse.group/ at Discourse to stay in touch and improve our collaboration. Follow or join if you'd like to be a part of the conversation.

We also use a separate channel for real-time messaging during the event to help people coordinate local logistics, from confirming dinner details to finding fellow attendees for an ad-hoc connection at a coffee shop. Participants will receive details about how to join that channel a few days before the event.


WEB-OF-TRUST: THE ORIGINS

The term "Web of Trust" dates back twenty-five years to PGP, where the "Web" referred to a distributed network of systems and the "Trust" was limited to the validation of keys. It revealed the need for decentralization and recognition on the internet.

Today, those needs remain, but the Web of Trust has grown larger, encompassing the creation, authentication, and verification of self-sovereign identities as well as privacy protection, reputation assessment, smart contracting, and more. The blockchain has come to be one of the most interesting and new tools for these tasks.

  • "The web-of-trust that began in Pretty Good Privacy was more than 'pretty good' in 1991 and even in 2001. However, as we approach the 25th anniversary of PGP, it is time to take the lessons we've learned and the new cryptographic technologies we've created to take a fresh look at the problem. I'm looking forward to collaborating to create a new foundation for next 25 years of the web-of-trust." — Jon Callas, former CTO of PGP

Rebooting the Web of Trust is a global collaboration influencing the future of these technologies.

NOTE: All prices in $USD. Eventbrite will handle currency conversion.

CONTACT US if you would prefer to buy a ticket in cryptocurrency.


Early Bird Pricing

Purchased by January 24th (sales end at 8AM GMT-3 2020-01-16)

$1698 Regular participant
$1098 Independent/Startup participant*
$598 Regular participant with paper submission (DEADLINE for papers: January 17)
$498 Independent/Startup participants with paper submission (DEADLINE for papers: January 17)



Advanced Purchase Pricing

Purchased by February 14th (sales end at 8AM GMT-3 2020-02-15)

$1798 Regular participant
$1198 Independent/Startup participant*
$698 Regular participant with paper submission
$598 Independent/Startup participant* with paper submission (DEADLINE for papers: February 7)
$100 Student (or recent student) with paper submission and proof of enrollment or graduation (DEADLINE for papers: February 7)



On-site Pricing

Purchased after February 14th

$1998 Regular participant
$1398 Independent/Startup participant*
$898 Regular participant with paper submission
$798 Independent/Startup participant* with paper submission
$200 Student (or recent student) wtih paper submission and proof of enrollment or recent graduation




We offer travel stipends and ticket scholarships for select attendees bringing diverse perspectives to the event. To apply for either, you must submit a topic paper by January 17 so we can make our selections before the January 24 Early Bird Deadline.

All papers are due no later than February 15 and MUST be submitted to the Github repo prior to receiving a discount code. If special circumstances delay your submission, contact us. We are flexible; however, getting your papers in early is a kindness that your fellow attendees will appreciate.

NOTE: Early Bird Papers MUST be submitted by January 17 for consideration for the Early Bird purchase deadline. Advanced Purchasers seeking a Topic Paper discount MUST submit their topic paper by February 7.

Interested students should submit a paper and provide proof of enrollment or recent graduation when contacting us for a discount code.

* Startup pricing is for small firms just getting started, generally less than $2 million in annual revenue. Contact us if you have any questions.

Every workshop we consider a limited number of sponsors interested in supporting the work. Contact us for more information.

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