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# Introduction
The current digital infrastructure for mandates is not without problems. In many cases providing a mandate digitally isn’t even possible and those systems around mostly still require a wet signature on a PDF which can easily be falsified. The digital systems out there are fragmented and siloed between various service providers with a poor user experience. As a result people share their passwords rather than actually providing mandates resulting in insecure systems. To make matters worse most people use similar passwords for different systems increasing the attack vectors to compromise the identity and as a result also the identity of the person providing a mandate.
The current digital infrastructure for mandates is not without problems. In many cases providing a mandate digitally is not possible. Other systems still require a wet signature on a PDF which can easily be falsified. The digital systems out there are fragmented and siloed between various service providers with a poor user experience. As a result people share their passwords rather than actually providing mandates resulting in insecure systems. To make matters worse most people use similar passwords for different systems increasing the attack vectors to compromise the identity and as a result also the identity of the person providing a mandate.
By providing mandates using SSI we can provide a solution to the problems mentioned above.
First of all SSI mandates solve the problem of silo solutions because it is a neutral technology not controlled by a central party, rather data is managed by the identities themselves. This solves compliance problems and potential distrust between different parties and hence lowers the barrier for different services to adopt SSI as opposed to centralized solutions.
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# Summary
The SSI mandate service is a generic and holistic approach to provide and request mandates. Mandates are SSI credentials signed by the dependent that can be requested by either the dependent or authorized representative. These credentials can be used to prove to a verifier that the authorized representative is authorized to act for specific actions on behalf of the dependent. The mandate credentials are stored in the wallet of the authorized representative as opposed to a central database in current systems. The dependent can revoke this credential at any point in time if he/she no longer wants the authorized representative to act on their behalf by updating a revocation hash on the blockchain. The SSI mandate provides mandates completely peer to peer and isn’t limited to individuals only. A SSI wallet can also represent a device or institution, for example a company can use a SSI company wallet to authorize employees to access the building or use the company credit card up to a certain amount.
Our SSI mandate service is a generic and holistic approach to provide and request mandates. Mandates are SSI credentials signed by the dependent that can be requested by either the dependent or authorized representative. These credentials can be used to prove to a verifier that the authorized representative is authorized to act for specific actions on behalf of the dependent. The mandate credentials are stored in the wallet of the authorized representative as opposed to a central database in current systems. The dependent can revoke this credential at any point in time if he/she no longer wants the authorized representative to act on their behalf by updating a revocation hash on the blockchain. The SSI mandate provides mandates completely peer to peer and isn’t limited to individuals only. A SSI wallet can also represent a device or institution, for example a company can use a SSI company wallet to authorize employees to access the building or use the company credit card up to a certain amount.
# Current problems
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**INTEROPERABILITY** We want to make a mandate service that is operable with different types of wallets.
# Terminology
A mandate is a form of consent, The definition of a mandate is the authority granted by a proxy giver to act as its representative.
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