It was an honor, and frankly a pleasure, to draft the initial digital identity legislation for Wyoming with the guidance and leadership of State Senator Chris Rothfuss (Chair of the relevant Select Committee), input from Scott David, University of Washington, and in collaboration with members of the Select Committee’s Digital Identity Work Group, led by Christopher Allen.
I testified on the legislation before the Wyoming Select Committee on Blockchain, Financial Technology and Digital Innovation, which met in formal session on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 to consider the legislation, among other matters.
Above is a video clip of the testimony of Daniel “Dazza” Greenwood, founder of CIVICS.com (Consultancy Services) and Executive Director of Law.MIT.edu (Computational Law Research). This testimony was proffered in my personal capacity and may not reflect the opinions of organizations I’m affiliated with.
The Select Committee led a very engaged and thoughtful discussion of the digital identity draft and explored many of the issues, options and opportunities arising from the measure. You can find video of the entire hearing here: https://youtu.be/jP0UbeABWPo?t=7247 (the digital identity topic is at timespan 2:00:50 to 3:23:40). At the end of the hearing on this matter, the Select Committee unanimously voted to advance the digital identity legislation to the next stage in the law-making process.
UPDATE April 2, 2021: This legislation passed the Wyoming House and Senate and was signed into law by the Governor of Wyoming. For more information on the final law, see: https://civics.substack.com/p/the-digital-identity-act