Linux Foundation Training Announces a Free Online Course-Introduction to Hyperledger Sovereign Identity Blockchain Solutions: Indy, Aries & Ursa

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SAN FRANCISCO, November 21, 2019The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced enrollment is now open for a new, free, course – Introduction to Hyperledger Sovereign Identity Blockchain Solutions: Indy, Aries & Ursa. This course is offered through edX, the trusted platform for learning.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, trust is broken on the Internet. Any identity-related data available online can be subject to theft. Breach Level Index says that over 5,880,000 records are stolen every day. The 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report shows that reported breaches in the first half of 2019 were up 54% compared to midyear 2018 (over 4.1 billion records exposed), with web being the number one breach type for records exposed, and hacking being the number one breach type for incidents. Wherever you go online, the advice is the same–make sure you understand what is behind each button before you click it. 

The three Hyperledger projects, Aries, Indy and, Ursa, provide a foundation for distributed applications built on authentic data using a distributed ledger, purpose-built for decentralized identity. Together, they provide tools, libraries, and reusable components for creating and using independent digital identities rooted on blockchains or other distributed ledgers so that they are interoperable across administrative domains, applications, and any other “silo.” This course explores the Hyperledger Aries, Indy and, Ursa projects and the possibilities they bring for building applications with a solid digital foundation of trust.

“Managing and securing identity information is one of the most challenging problems of the digital age,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “With the capacity to distribute the control of information and authority, blockchain technologies can rewrite the rules for identity management. The three projects covered by this course, Hyperledger Indy, Aries, and Ursa, are the building blocks our global community has developed to bring self-sovereign identity to market. Getting up to speed on these technologies and involved in these projects is the way to help shape the future on this important front.”

Created by Stephen Curran and Carol Howard from Cloud Compass Computing, Inc., LFS172x is addressed to a wide-ranging audience, walking the line between business and technology. Students will gain an understanding of:

  • The problems with existing Internet identity/trust mechanisms today.
  • How a distributed ledger, such as Hyperledger Indy, can be used for identity.
  • How the underlying blockchain technology makes it possible.
  • The purpose, scope, and relationship between Aries, Indy, and Ursa.
  • How Hyperledger Aries, Indy, and Ursa add a necessary layer of trust to the Internet.
  • The possibilities enabled by this new technology.

The course will describe the underlying blockchain/cryptography technology of Hyperledger Indy and the ecosystem that is building up around Aries agents. Those with a business and slight technical bent will be able to run basic hands-on exercises and explore the possibilities this emerging technology has to offer through demos.

Introduction to Hyperledger Sovereign Identity Blockchain Solutions: Indy, Aries & Ursa is available at no cost, with content access for up to 7 weeks. Learners may upgrade to the verified track for $99, which includes all graded assessments, unlimited access to the course content and the ability to earn a Verified Certificate upon passing the course.

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