Rebooting the Web of Trust XI - 2022 - The Hague

Rebooting the Web of Trust XI - 2022 - The Hague

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The Hague University of Applied Sciences

75 Johanna Westerdijkplein

2521 EN Den Haag


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This collaborative writing workshop on decentralized identity is the 11th Rebooting the Web of Trust (#RWOT)

About this event

Our eleventh Rebooting the Web of Trust (#RWOT) design workshop on decentralized identity technologies will be held in the Hague, the Netherlands, Monday September 26 through Friday September 30, 2022.

This event STARTS Monday evening on September 26th with presentations and a poster session for the top topic papers. It will END Friday evening, September 30th with a group dinner. Plan your travel accordingly.

  • Topic Paper Night is on Monday evening, September 26th. This will be open to the public and is an integral part of the workshop process. Here, we will begin the process of sharing ideas and forming teams.
  • Group Dinner is on Friday September 30th. We have something special planned for all registered attendees.

NOTE: To qualify for an advance reading discount, you must first submit a 1-2 page topic paper as a Pull Request to our Github Repo adding your paper to the advance readings directory. Then, request the appropriate promo code (either Corporate or Independent) from We'll send you a promo code to unlock the discounted tickets here at Eventbrite. More details at

Over the last seven years, Rebooting the Web of Trust has published over fifty collaborative white papers, technical specs, and code repositories. 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 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. Still 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  drew heavily on the work at our workshops (as well as at IIW and the W3C CCG).

“At the moment during the Covid-19 crisis much of our public life is forced to become digital. This requires the right value based technological discussions to be held. Even more than before this crisis.”—Wouter Welling, Netherlands Policy Officer, Digital Government
"Digital human rights are a recent topic and they still need to be developed to a great extent. SSI is an essential part of that. More security, more privacy; these are very important parts of digital human rights..."—Rhodia Maas, General director of the National Office for Identity Data, the Netherlands
"Human dignity demands that individuals be treated with respect no matter which system they interact with, whether face-to-face or digitally online. Without that, we become nothing but data in the machine — entries in a ledger to be managed, problems to be solved, digital serfs. We are not."—Christopher Allen, Co-Founder & Chairman Rebooting Web of Trust


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, Barcelona, and Prague. We work together to produce white papers, specifications, and code 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 repositories—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


The goals of Rebooting the Web of Trust are:

  • Collaboratively create at least five collaborative work products—technical papers, software implementations, 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.


A substantial discount is offered to participants who write an advance reading paper to share with other participants. Alumni may qualify for this discount by updating a previously submitted advance reading paper. These one-or-two-page papers might explore:

  • A specific problem related to identity or trust.
  • A discussion of why current solutions such as PGP or CA-based PKI cannot 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. Advance reading papers are due by August 19th to allow other participants to read them before the event.  You may upload your papers directly to the RWOT11 Advanced Reading directory via pull request. For more details, please read the Advance Reading Primer.

You may also benefit from reading the RWOT Primer, which is packed with details about the entire process, from preparing advance readings and collaborating on-site and after the event, through publishing fully edited professional quality papers.

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

Communications Resources

During and between events we use @RWOTEvents at Twitter to stay in touch and improve our collaboration. Follow 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.


The term "Web of Trust" dates back thirty 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, Director of Technology Project at EFF, former CTO of PGP

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

Early Bird Pricing

Purchased by July 26th (sales end at 8AM GMT-3 2022-07-27)

€1,798 Corporate participant

€1,198 Independent/Startup participant*

€648 Corporate participant with paper submission (DEADLINE for papers: July 19)

€548 Independent/Startup participants with paper submission (DEADLINE for papers: July 19)

Advanced Purchase Pricing

Purchased by August 26 (sales end at 8AM GMT-3 2020-08-27)

€1,998 Corporate participant

€1,298 Independent/Startup participant*

€798 Corporate participant with paper submission

€648 Independent/Startup participant* with paper submission (DEADLINE for papers: August 19)

€100 Student (or recent student) with paper submission and proof of enrollment or graduation (DEADLINE for papers: August 19)

Regular Pricing

Purchased after August 26

€2,398 Corporate participant

€1,498 Independent/Startup participant*

€1,098 Corporate participant with paper submission

€898 Independent/Startup participant* with paper submission

€200 Student (or recent student) with paper submission and proof of enrollment or recent graduation

NOTE: All prices in €EUR. Eventbrite will handle currency conversion.

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To facilitate collaboration and person-to-person connections, we take a half-day break during the week with optional coordinated extracurricular activities. It's a great chance to get to know each other outside the focused flow of the workshop.

Activities are listed as "Add-ons" in the ticketing interface. To join a group, simply select one of the Activities listed when choosing your ticket. Eventbrite will take care of the billing and provide you with a single, unified checkout.

Family and travel companions are welcome to join these activities. Simply purchase the right number of tickets and we'll see you there.

Activities available for this workshop:


The Kunstmuseum is a modern palace of the arts. Step inside this enchanting building, wander through its beautiful daylit galleries and discover that special work of art that touches you personally. You might even leave a little in love. With that extraordinary painting by Monet, that impressive photography exhibition, the adventurous life of Piet Mondrian, the intimate galleries, or the period rooms full of Delftware. A visit to the Kunstmuseum is always a memorable and meaningful experience.

Participant price €27

The Peace Palace

The Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands) houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the United Nations International Court of Justice and The Hague Academy of International Law. These institutions are supported by the Library of the Peace Palace, one of the most prestigious libraries in its field. The Carnegie Foundation is the owner and manager of the Peace Palace.

Participant price €15

Maximum 20 people. Activity is subject to scheduling approval.

Self-Guided Tour of The Hague with Interactive City Game

De Den Haag City Trail is a fantastic scavenger hunt Den Haag. You get riddles and fun assignments on your phone. If you do a riddle or an assignment correctly, you get points. If you play with different teams, the team with the most points wins. Even when playing with one group, the treasure hunt is so much fun to do! The route is a few kilometers, ideal for about 2 hours of fun and conviviality!

Teams of six

Participant price €16


Play giant for the day by exploring Holland's most popular architectural attractions with a visit to the Madurodam miniature park. Madurodam, a mini-Holland on a 1:25 scale, lets you tour the entirety of the Netherlands in an hour. One of Holland’s most popular attractions since its development in the Hague in 1952, it highlights the epitomes of Dutch culture in scale-model replicas of perfectly ornamented bridges, canals, windmills, and major national landmarks.

Participant price €17

Financial Support

We offer travel stipends and ticket scholarships for select attendees bringing diverse perspectives to the event. To apply for either, you must submit an advance reading paper by July 19th so we can make our selections before the July 26th Early Bird Deadline. 

All papers are due no later than August 19th 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 July 19th for consideration for the Early Bird purchase deadline. Advanced Purchasers seeking an advance reading paper discount MUST submit their paper by August 19th.

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.

Covid Protocols

As a live, in-person event, we will be observing protocols designed to minimize the risk of spreading or catching Covid-19. These protocols will be based on requirements by local governments, including both the Netherlands and the Hague, as well as our best judgment for providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. Details will be confirmed as we get closer to the actual event.

All participants should be prepared for masking, vaccination, and testing requirements.


Rebooting the Web of Trust is proud to enjoy the support of the following sponsors, without whom we could not run this event.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact our treasurer, Joe Andrieu, for more information.

Gold Sponsors

Hague University of Applied Sciences

City of the Hague


Dutch Blockchain Coalition

Digital Contract Design

Contributing Sponsors


Collaborating Sponsors

Blockchain Commons

Legendary Requirements

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