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Reflecting on 2020: ATB Ventures

Reflecting on 2020: ATB Ventures

At ATB Ventures we spent 2020 exploring, and developing infrastructure for some of these issues including data privacy and sharing, AI ethics, and untrustworthy identity management systems. This reflection is an overview of that work.

World War Contagion

World War Contagion

We are facing another war—not with an enemy that is dividing the world, but a pandemic that is uniting us. What will it mean for our future when the biggest war in recent years wasn't fought with an enemy nation but as a unified people against a pandemic?

Putting the customer first by putting them at the center of everything we do.

Putting the customer first by putting them at the center of everything we do.

Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) is a model for managing digital identities in which an individual has sole ownership and oversight over how, when and with whom their personal data is being shared. Users who subscribe to this model are able to hold and store all of their information directly on their own device and share for verification without the need of a central aggregator of data (i.e Equifax) - which tend to be highly vulnerable to theft and attack.

Each time you interact with an organization to access services or pay for goods, a large amount of personal information is shared with a variety of agents (for example driver's license, Social Insurance Numbers, emails, etc). Not only is this a cumbersome process for you, but the more information you share the greater the risk is for the security of your data.