A fresh read for the holidays: Jolocom Whitepaper v1.2

Universal Identity Protocol

An open source protocol for people and organizations to create and interact with digital,

self-sovereign identities.
A model of identity that works for everyone and everything

Whether you’re an individual, organization, business, public administration, or IoT device, Jolocom’s open source protocol makes it easy to produce, share, and consume unique identity information. By using a shared universal language to underwrite our framework for identity information exchange, standardized identity transactions are finally possible.

Interoperable identities

Unlike typical federated identities that resist usage outside particular applications, services, or blockchain infrastructures, decentralized identities generated using Jolocom’s protocol are designed to operate in any virtual environment. We rigorously implement open standards developed by the W3C and the DIF for decentralized identifiers (DIDs) and verifiable credentials to ensure our identities remain highly interoperable over time.

Flexible and scalable by design

We designed our infrastructure for self-sovereign identity to accommodate all current and foreseeable demands on digital identity. Modular, lightweight, open source, and adaptable, the protocol is primed to support any transaction involving unique identity data. It’s flexible enough to support countless distinct commercial and noncommercial use cases, yet sufficiently robust to sustain implementation at scale across different industries and markets.

For developers

Our dev team is constantly iterating the protocol.
Check out our repos, submit a new issue or help out on an existing one.

Jolocom-lib on Github
Have questions for our devs? Ask them on Gitter.

Jolocom SmartWallet

An app for identity management that puts you in control of your data.
Manage all your encrypted personal data in one secure app

Take advantage of secure encryption and blockchain technology to secure your personal identity data and reduce your exposure to identity theft. Our SmartWallet allows you to control where your personal data goes and how your digital identity is used. Nobody – not even Jolocom – can access the data on your device without your permission. You decide who to share your data with and on what basis. It’s that simple.

Create, verify, and share claims

Easily generate data representing your identity all on your own, attach meaningful information to your digital attributes, and build a reputation for your digital self. Using our open source protocol, the SmartWallet lets you request and share identity data in an automated fashion.

High tech, low stress

Easily sign in to websites and services and only share the information they really need. Once verified, you can use the same credentials to sign in to multiple different services.

The Jolocom SmartWallet is already
available for alpha testing.
follow this guide for a better testing
experience (before downloading the app)

Product updates

Sep 2019

Added support for seed phrase recovery to the SmartWallet

Added UI and functionality for recovering the identity based on 12-word seed phrases.

Aug 2019

Extensive updates to technical documentation

Published a series of updates to documentation on Jolocom’s infrastructure, solution architecture, and custom implementation.

Jul 2019

Comprehensive improvements to SmartWallet UI/UX design

Introduced a screen for managing documents as well as a settings screen, and redesigned the entropy screen. Added a bottom navigation bar and new credential flow, refreshed the color scheme, and polished all in-app copy for each supported language.

Apr 2019

Jolocom CLI released

Initially used for internal testing, the CLI allows for interaction with the Jolocom infrastructure from the command line.

Feb 2019

Generic Backend released

Published a generic backend implementation that makes use of the Jolocom Library to enable credential-based interaction flows in order to easily prototype multiple potential use cases enabled by emerging SSI systems.

Jan 2019

Added to Decentralized Identity Foundation Universal Resolver

Integrated a DID method & Universal Resolver driver to the DIF’S Universal Resolver to support resolution of Jolocom DIDs.

Sep 2018

Jolocom Library v2.0.0 released

Refactored the code underlying interaction flows in order to broaden the scope of applications for the library beyond SSO. Introduced flows for receiving and authenticating credentials on the library side. Added support for nested claims and custom JSON-LD contexts.

Jul 2018

Jolocom SmartWallet v1.0.0 released

Refactored and documented a version of jolocom-lib, which encapsulates all the functionality requisite for self-sovereign identity, such as creating decentralized identifiers and verifying verifiable credentials, as well as a set of functionalities useful for services looking to implement self-sovereign identity single sign-on solutions.

Jun 2018

Redesigned and rewrote the SmartWallet

Switched from Cordova to React Native to address performance issues, redesigned the visual user interface to align with ongoing company rebranding, and removed credential verification through Jolocom (included only for showcase purposes during previous iterations) in order to support different verification flows.

Mar 2018

SmartWallet mobile app released for Android

Enabled functionalities that support self-sovereign identity, like creating verifiable credentials which third parties can evaluate and provide attestation for. Added support for credential-based single sign-on.

Dec 2017

Client application and protocol development

A major architectural pivot resulting in a lightweight client application (the SmartWallet) and a protocol built with Ethereum and IPFS. The app encapsulates major functionality around self-sovereign identity management and interactions. The format of identity data is compliant with W3C open standards and the identity is based on HD key pairs.

Jul 2017

Jolocom Identity Gateway development

A major architectural pivot resulting in development of the Jolocom Identity Gateway, which acted as the main entry point for personal data. Support for more features unique to self-sovereign identities and their interactions (e.g. the process of claim verification) soon follow.