In this presentation, Drummond Reed, Chief Trust Officer at Evernym, will explain why there is so much market momentum behind decentralized identity, commonly known as “SSI’ (self-sovereign identity), how it gave rise to a new four-layer protocol stack for Internet-scale digital trust infrastructure called Trust over IP (ToIP), and how this triggered the launch of the Trust over IP Foundation as a new Linux Foundation project dedicated to developing, hardening, and promoting the ToIP stack.

About Drummond

Drummond Reed has spent over two decades in internet identity, security, privacy, and trust frameworks. He joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after Evernym acquired Respect Network, where he was CEO, co-founder, and co-author of the Respect Trust Framework, which was honored with the Privacy Award at the 2011 European Identity Conference. Drummond is a Trustee and Secretary of the Sovrin Foundation, where he serves as chair of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group. He is co-editor of the DID (Decentralized Identifiers) specification in the W3C DID (Decentralized Identifier) Working Group. He has served as co-chair of the OASIS XDI Technical Committee since 2004, the semantic data interchange protocol that implements Privacy by Design. Prior to starting Respect Network, Drummond was Executive Director of two industry foundations: the Information Card Foundation and the Open Identity Exchange. He has also served as a founding board member of the OpenID Foundation, ISTPA,, and Identity Commons. In 2002 he received the Digital Identity Pioneer Award from Digital ID World, and in 2013 he was cited as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.


Evernym is the creator of Sovrin, a platform for every person, organization, and connected thing to have an independent identity—an identity separate from any “silo”—that enables trusted peer-to-peer interaction on a global scale. Evernym is gifting this distributed ledger to the world via the Sovrin Foundation. Say goodbye to identity theft, consumer fraud, surveillance economy, and hello to trusted, private interactions.