Intro to Digital Trust

Introduction

Here at MATTR we are focused on building tools that enable digital trust. In plain terms, 'trust' is the confidence it takes to make a contextual decision based on meaningful evidence of consistent behavior. In order to scale trust to the global demand of digital systems and the internet, it's critical to build solutions on common standards for privacy, security, and transparency. When beginning to establish trust with other people, organizations, or institutions, often an important first step is to verify your identity to some degree.

Decentralized identity, also known as 'self-sovereign identity' (or 'SSI'), is a technology-driven movement to evolve identity on the internet based on open web standards at organizations such as the W3C, IETF, Decentralized Identity Foundation and the Hyperledger Project at the Linux Foundation. A central part of this emerging technology framework is the emerging standardization around Decentralized Identifiers ('DIDs' for short). DIDs are cryptographically secure identifiers that are controlled directly by a user without the need for intermediary service providers. They allow anybody to prove they have ownership of an ID on a device they own, login to apps and services with their ID, and begin establishing trust around that ID by using it in their digital interactions.

Getting started with the MATTR Platform

The MATTR Platform provides the capabilities needed for digital trust through our Platform Core. This includes the ability to establish and use DIDs, sign and encrypt messages, manage the verifiable credentials lifecycle, and share privacy-preserving verifiable presentations.

Our platform is designed to have cryptographic agility and configuration built in at a fundamental level. Platform Drivers are pre-configured integrations that allow our capabilities to be pluggable and extensible over time, preventing vendor lock-in and enabling user choice.

We also built our platform to support extending our core capabilities with services and application logic. Platform Extensions serve as an interface to layer additional complexity, i.e. workflows, on top of our Platform Core. In addition to extending the platform, they allow our digital trust infrastructure to integrate with digital services and protocols that exist outside of our platform.

We offer a growing number of Developer Tools to simplify the user experience by providing additional interfaces and ways to interact with our platform.

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MATTR Tools