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To trust another to act on your behalf within recognized boundaries

We don’t want to give you a new identity.

Vouch began in 2019 creating next-gen shareable keys for OEM automotive. In order to create digital keys that worked offline, we created a framework for first issuing licenses linked to native biometrics, software and APIs for endorsing others to use shared technology, and then the embedded hardware and SDKs to recognize identity and the encoded credentials people need to get their jobs done.

A biometric license that carries an endorsement to access a particular vehicle makes a great digital key, but we’ve grown to sit at the nexus of a new ecosystem that mediates the way we unlock, monetize, and manage the shared technologies that are driving a future where our agency and humanity within increasingly autonomous systems relies on our ability to be recognized by the technology we share.

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We believe in an autonomous future where our identities can be represented, recognized and respected.

Our Identities Are Our Own

Our digital identities are not our own. Identity is stored, authenticated, and shared outside of our control. Identity must be our own to safeguard, to prove, and to extend to others.

We seek the authority to endorse technology to represent our identities in a way that can always be recognized. We claim the right for technology to act on our behalf.

Humans Have One Identity

We have developed split personalities on a global scale. The real person, who lives and breathes and interacts in physical space, and the digital self that people, machines, and organizations perceive online. When we perform actions using technology, we are constantly forced to prove that we are the rightful users of our own digital identities.

We are not the users of our identities - we are one.

A Database Record Is Not a Person

Digital identity must be grounded in the uniqueness of the human, not in the uniqueness of a cryptographic token stored on a remote server.

We as individuals possess the sole representation of our uniqueness.

We Are Proof Enough

Governments issue certificates endorsing our identity with state recognized rights. These documents carry with them the burden of proof through physical security measures designed to prevent counterfeiting - the hologram.

Digital identity defers the burden of proof to the centralized authority. By representing identity with freely copiable plaintext tokens that must be authenticated by the issuer, digital identities cannot prove their own authenticity without contacting a remote, automated, and dehumanized authority.

We claim the right to prove our own identity.

Be Recognized, Not Authenticated

Before the internet and a digital facsimile of our identity, whose who knew us could see our faces, hear our voices, and read our pen and trust their perception of our unique humanity.

Not only does digital communication graft the richness of our selves onto a media that flattens nuance and reduces the surface area through which we are perceived, the age of generative AI has made possible the infinite reproduction of the content used to represent us without our consent or knowledge.

Our identity is to be recognized, not authenticated.

What would you do if impersonation and fraud at every point of access, sale, and share became impossible? Who would you vouch for to act on your behalf?