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Rebooting the Web of Trust I: San Francisco (November 2015)

This repository contains documents related to RWOT1, the first Rebooting the Web of Trust design workshop, which ran in San Francisco, CA, on November 3rd & 4th, 2015. The goal of the workshop was to generate five technical white papers and/or proposals on topics decided by the group that would have the greatest impact on the future.

Please see the Web of Trust Info website for more information about our community, including upcoming events.

Topics & Advance Readings

In advance of the design workshop, all participants produced a one-or-two page topic paper to be shared with the other attendees on either:

  • A specific problem that they wanted to solve with a web-of-trust solution, and why current solutions (PGP or CA-based PKI) can't address the problem?
  • A specific solution related to the web-of-trust that you'd like others to use or contribute to?

Please see the Advance Readings README for a listing of all of the papers.

Completed Papers

The design workshop successfully completed its five papers, which are now all available online:

Rebranding the Web of Trust

by Shannon Appelcline, Dave Crocker, Randall Farmer, and Justin Newton

A history of the Web of Trust and a look at what the term could mean for the future.

Opportunities Created by the Web of Trust for Controlling and Leveraging Personal Data

by du5t, Kaliya "Identity Woman" Young (@identitywoman), John Edge, Drummond Reed, and Noah Thorp

Five use cases, from two relatively simple cases of managing selective disclosure to the most extreme case of establishing government-verifiable credentials from nothing for a stateless refugee.

Decentralized Public Key Infrastructure

by Christopher Allen, Arthur Brock, Vitalik Buterin, Jon Callas, Duke Dorje, Christian Lundkvist, Pavel Kravchenko, Jude Nelson, Drummond Reed, Markus Sabadello, Greg Slepak, Noah Thorp, and Harlan T Wood

A massive overview of a decentralized public-key infrastructure (DPKI).

Smart Signatures

by Christopher Allen, Greg Maxwell, Peter Todd, Ryan Shea, Pieter Wuille, Joseph Bonneau, Joseph Poon, and Tyler Close

A system to explicitly outline and fully program conditions for verification, inspired by Bitcoin Script.

Creating the New World of Trust

by Shannon Appelcline

A summary of the next step for the Rebooting the Web of Trust group.

Complete Rebooting the Web of Trust Listing

A different repository is available for each of the Rebooting the Web of Trust design workshops:


All of the contents of this directory are licensed Creative Commons CC-BY their contributors.


RWOT1 in San Francisco, California (November 2015)



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