It can be difficult to trust digital identities, especially if they are not tied to a physical identity with which we are familiar (e.g. a friend, colleague, or family member).
Many existing sites and services issue credentials through activity-based metrics or badges and peer endorsements, but we’ve found that it is very easy for non-trustworthy and non-competent people to game the system on all of these sites and appear to be trustworthy, when in reality they are the last person we would want you to trust.
We vet people internally and issue badges associated with our core courses to ensure that those to whom we issue credentials are (1) real (if anonymous) people who respond to communications, (2) actually adhering to the standards we associate with a particular badge (as clearly outlined within each course), and (3) not being endorsed based on popularity, favoritism, or ephemeral whims.
By maintaining control over the vetting process and vetting people against very clear sets of criteria, we can show why a person should be trusted in addition to simply suggesting that they are trustworthy.
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