Natalie Smolenski (PhD ABD) is a cultural anthropologist and philosopher who leads business development for blockchain technology startup Learning Machine. As an author and public speaker, she focuses on the intersections of identity, technology, and government. By bringing a scientific perspective to distributed digital technologies and social transformation, she helps audiences from all backgrounds understand how individuals connect to form communities and build the infrastructures of the future.
Towards True Self-Sovereign Learner Records
“Self-Sovereign Identity” has become a new catchphrase in technological circles, but what does it really mean in practice? And especially what does it mean for 21st century learners? This talk will illustrate the value of learner self-sovereignty through the concrete example of one international student’s journey across multiple continents. Ultimately, self-sovereignty means freedom: freedom to study and work where you choose, freedom to self-disclose as you choose, and freedom to develop yourself along any path you choose.