Equipping citizens* with a digital identity is a challenge that is currently at the top of the priority list of governments worldwide. Only with a secure and user-friendly identity will the desired digitization of the public community succeed. Among the various approaches, "Self Sovereign Identity" is the one that ideally combines the citizen's need for privacy with the high security requirements of an identity. The concept is technically based on the availability of a publicly accessible block chain, the infrastructure that also enables crypto currencies such as Bitcoin or Ether.
First test projects, in Switzerland e.g. in Zug and in Schaffhausen, have shown the feasibility and potential of such a solution. At the Bern Digital Days, the concept of Self-Sovereign Identity will be presented and the technical and social challenges associated with a broad introduction explained.