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June 15, 2023

The Power of On-Chain Credentials in Pseudonymous Work

Welcome to the future of work! In this digital age, work isn't just about who you are, but what you can do. At Noxx, we are at the forefront of this evolution, helping individuals and companies transition into the pseudonymous future of work. Our platform is powered by blockchain technology and zero-knowledge proof, offering an avenue where skills, talent, and experience are more important than identity.

In this article, we'll explore the value of on-chain credentials for pseudonymous work and highlight why they are the best option for navigating the future of work.

What are on-chain credentials?

At their core, on-chain credentials are digital versions of traditional qualifications, skills, and experiences that are validated and stored on a blockchain. Thanks to the immutability of this technology, these credentials cannot be falsified, creating an unalterable record of an individual's abilities and experience.

They represent an innovative shift from traditional, centralized credentials (like university degrees or professional certifications) to decentralized, digital credentials that are stored, managed, and verified on a network.

How They Work

An entity, such as a university, training program, or even an employer, issues a digital credential to an individual upon completion of a course, training, or project. This digital credential contains metadata about the qualification or skill earned, including the issuer's identity, the recipient, the date of issuance, and any relevant details about the achievement. Think of it like a digital version of a traditional certificate or diploma, but with much more versatility and adaptability.

Once issued, this digital credential is stored on a blockchain. The network ensures that the credential is securely stored and cannot be altered or tampered with once it's issued.

When an individual wants to prove they have a particular skill or qualification, they can share their on-chain credential. Because the credential is stored on a public blockchain, anyone can independently verify its authenticity. The verifier doesn't need to contact the original issuer or rely on a centralized authority to confirm the credential's validity.

On-chain credentials provide a way to prove your skills and achievements while maintaining your pseudonymity. In addition, the use of zero-knowledge proof technology ensures that you can verify your skills without revealing any additional personal information.

Why on-chain credentials matter

On-chain credentials validate an individual's skills and abilities without revealing their identity, a factor that fosters equality and allows talent to shine over personal identification. They also bring in transparency, security, and trust into the system, transforming how individuals and businesses interact and work together.

These can be verified from anywhere in the world, making them perfectly suited for a globalized workforce. They can facilitate international hiring and remote work, as employers can easily verify the qualifications of candidates from anywhere in the world. 

Additionally, on-chain credentials can also help level the playing field in the job market. They focus on an individual's skills and experiences, rather than their background, identity, or formal education. This can open up opportunities for talented individuals who may have been overlooked in traditional hiring processes.

Best on-chain credentials for pseudonymous work

As we move towards a more decentralized work model, certain on-chain credentials stand out for their effectiveness and relevance. Here are a few worth noting:

Digital Skills Badges: These are a type of micro-credential that verify an individual's digital skills. In a world increasingly reliant on digital technologies, these badges represent knowledge and abilities in areas like development, data analysis, cybersecurity, and more. They're often issued by online learning platforms or companies, creating a trusted source of proof for these critical skills.

One example includes:

- DoxyChain: DoxyChain provides a solution for a number of digital credentials, certificates, and eSignatures that can be stored on the blockchain.

Project-Based Credentials: For workers in project-based fields such as software development, design, or content creation, these credentials can prove invaluable. They provide concrete evidence of completed projects, showcasing not only the skills used but also the quality of the work. The public, verifiable nature of on-chain credentials ensures that these achievements can be trusted by potential employers or collaborators.

Some examples include:

- POAP: The Proof of Attendance Protocol, or POAP, turns precious moments into collectibles. POAP’s main use case is to tokenize memories and attendance achievements on the blockchain, often showcasing knowledge and skills learned by attending events and seminars. 

- Galxe: Galxe is another great use case of project-based credentials, where users and contributors can track their achievements for various protocols based on on-chain events, often proven through collectibles and NFTs.

Portfolios: As workers continue to learn and evolve, they can amass a portfolio of different credentials that demonstrate a wide array of skills. These portfolios provide a comprehensive picture of a worker's abilities, showing their versatility and commitment to lifelong learning. They're particularly valuable in fast-evolving industries where new skills are continually needed.

One example is:

- Gitcoin: Gitcoin’s Passport feature helps users build robust online reputations and enables project leaders to create trustworthy digital experiences through a BrightID profile, POAPs, ENS, and other digital identity markers. 

Peer Endorsements: These credentials allow for the verification of soft skills and team-related abilities that might not be captured in other types of credentials. Peers can issue endorsements or testimonials that are then added to the blockchain, providing a unique, trustable insight into an individual's capabilities.

A couple examples:

- Dock: Dock is exploring and building technology around DIDs, or Decentralized Identifiers, to enable users to create and maintain a unique, cryptographic web3 ID for themselves. Users store their Verifiable Credentials in their ID Wallet apps - what's on-chain is the Credential Issuer's Public Key that enables the Credential to be verified.

- Entre: Entre is a LinkedIn competitor designed specifically for web3, where users can connect with individuals using their wallets and share testimonials about one another, similar to other sites. 


At Noxx, we believe in the potential of the pseudonymous future of work. We're excited to provide a platform that utilizes the power of blockchain technology and zero-knowledge proofs to validate on-chain credentials, enabling talent to be recognized and rewarded irrespective of personal identity. The future of work is here, and it's pseudonymous. 

Let's redefine the future of work together, creating a more equitable, more secure, and more exciting work environment for everyone.

Posted by Noxx Team