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# DAS - Decentralized Account Systems
May 2021 firstname.lastname@example.org
> DAS to the crypto world is what Phone/Email to the internet.
## 1. Background
With the advent of Bitcoin, humanity has for the first time truly realized the inviolability of private property. On a deeper level, it has inspired people to start re-examining and reconstructing the world in a decentralized way. Since our currency can be completely in our own hands, could our data be too? And can our identity as well? The answer is yes.
Decentralized identities are a key component of Web 3.0. There are a number of teams trying to build decentralized identities, but there are many problems with these attempts. These attempts include:
- **Public Chain Address**
Somewhere along the line, a public chain address is a decentralized identity. It can be created at will, is unique, and is resistant to censorship. But it is poorly readable and difficult to use.