Rebooting Web-of-Trust

Empowering individuals to co-create decentralized systems for lasting mutual benefit.

Join us this September! RWOT wil return in the Netherlands on September 26-30. Sign up on Eventbrite.
  • Purpose
  • Objectives
  • Conduct


RWOT reboots the classic model of a decentralized web of trust. It consists of virtual salons and in-person design workshops focused on the creation of the next generation of decentralized web-of-trust based identity systems. They're about germinating new ideas and producing finalized content that presents those ideas to the larger community.

Virtual salons crowdsource inspiration and deliver statements, while design workshops produce at least five white papers on topics decided by the group to have the greatest impact on the future.

RWOT has published foundational work on Blockcerts, DIDs, the BTCR DID Method, self-sovereign identity, and Verifiable Credentials.

Other topics of interest have included: credential wallets, decentralized data, decentralized identity, DID resolution, key recovery, local names, models for identity, object capabilities, offline credentials, online cooperation, peer-to-peer distributed networks, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), progressive trust, quantum security, reputation, selective disclosure, smart signatures, and trust metrics.


  • Best Practices. Establish shared understanding of the opportunities and pitfalls of decentralized identity
  • Evangelizing. Establish our output as foundational/influential to the future of decentralized identity
  • Organization. Develop a leadership team and leadership processes that can sustain the work
  • Community. Continue to serve as a common meeting ground between various related technology communities (common standards, common language, just interpersonal contact).


  • Build the next generation of Web-Of-Trust based identity systems.
  • Showcase the scope of potential applications for decentralized trust models.
  • Bring together the top contributors in web of trust and simlar applications.
  • Explore developing tools that might be useful to funders and researchers.
  • Discuss and suggest requirements to drive adoption in the Web-of-Trust model.


Rebooting Web of Trust is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, origin, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, physical appearance. We respect and recognize that a diversity of voices is vital to successful collaboration.

We provide a number of resources to help the community achieve the goals listed above:

Our anti-harassment policy can be found in the Code of Conduct.

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Save the Date for RWOT in the Netherlands this Fall.

You can also contact us if you are interested in joining the slack, becoming a sponsor, or want to know before you sign up. Email the leadership team at

If you'd like to volunteer to help the event, email the coordinators at

The Rebooting Web of Trust Coordination Team is Christopher Allen, Joe Andrieu, Eric Schuh, Erica Connell, Will Abramson, Carsten Stocker, and Shannon Appelcline.

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