Podcast 29: TADSummit Innovators, Noah Rafalko, TNID

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Firstly, thank you Noah Rafalko of TNID, for creating the video we shared in Podcast 27: Truth in Telecoms, Taking Back Control & Save Grandma – The Fight Against SMS Spam and Robocalls! And for making the time to take part in this episode of TADSummit Innovators.

The video is a call to action for everyone to click the link below to tell the FCC about your robocalling / SMS spam horror stories! www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. Use 02-278 in the proceeding filed and the rest is pretty easy. Share your experiences on how Robocalls and SMS Spam have affected your family and/or business in the “Brief Comment” section.

Given the industry’s failure to stop spam, identity has become ever more critical. Here is a review of a conversation between Noah and Jeff Pulver: A Humble Request to the FCC on Robocalls.

Noah brings a wealth of experience across telecoms, beginning in the good old days of TDM, though VoIP, to the wild west of communications over the internet. Trust and identity have been a constant issue, from the KYC (Know Your Customer) of a copper wire connecting the phone in the customer’s home to the the local exchange; to the mess we have today. For me, the hook that helped me understand what TNID does is, it’s the plumbing for decentralized identifiers (DID), which I first came across at the W3C.

Decentralized identifiers are one of the three pillars of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) which is a model that gives individuals and organizations full ownership and control of their digital identities without relying on a third party. The other pillars are: blockchain and verifiable credentials. We’re going to do a session with Noah on SSI that explains in more depth this critical technology to solve the challenges we face in robocalling and protecting our data. This paradigm is popping up across industries, for example content credentials to protect people from deep fakes.

The FCC should investigate SSI as a way to enable consumers and businesses to protect their identities, be in control their data, and who can communicate with them. SSI has been around for one decade, and the timing is now right to regulate its implementation.

We’ll be following-up with Noah on SSI, where’s the money? And TNID use cases.