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As we approach the end of 2019, it's exciting to look back at the progress made by verifiable digital credentials during the past year. From consolidating around open standards--W3C Verifiable Credentials and Decentralized Identifiers--to a growing roster of real-world implementations, 2019 highlighted how so many meaningful collaborations have brought us to where we are today.


Blockchain, Trust and Talent for the Digital Age

Valerie Thomas, strategy lead for the Government of Canada's Talent Cloud,  presented their outlook for the future of credentials at this year's FWD50 conference, where thousands of innovators & policy-makers from around the world gather annually in Canada to move digital government forward.
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Maryville University Issues Digital Diplomas
Maryville has become first University in Missouri to issue blockchain-secured academic diplomas. Motivated by their belief in student ownership and in alignment with their Digital World initiative, Maryville also has plans to begin issuing digital transcripts to enable career-focused student profiles.
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Blockerts Adds Japanese and Italian
Thanks to the work of a robust international developer community, the Blockcerts mobile app has just added native support for Japanese and Italian. These languages are now available for both iOS and Android, in addition to English, Spanish, French, and Maltese.


DHS News Release: $160K Grant to Learning Machine

The US Department of Homeland Security announced their award of $160,000 to Learning Machine to develop a technology infrastructure for preventing credential fraud. Aligning Blockcerts with the new W3C standard for Verifiable Credentials will create greater trust in the immigration process and international travel, enabling smoother, faster, safer, and more private identity validation for all parties. 
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Why Open Standards are Key

Chris Williams, a specialist in Digital Government for Deloitte Consulting, compares the importance of open standards for digital credentials with their importance for the rise of the Internet. Simply put, without protocols and standards like TCP/IP, HTTP, and GPS, today's world of interconnected communication and commerce would not be possible. W3C Verifiable Credentials and Decentralized Identifiers specifications are the next step in the evolution of Web 3.0. 
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