N2Y3Con: Us, Our Organizations, and the Web

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Brenda Hough here again, post-lunch, ready for the afternoon presentations to begin. I'm live-blogging a session called, "Us, Our Organizations, and the Web: Leveraging Identity Tools for Collaboration" presented by Kaliya Hamlin, Identity Woman.net.

Kaliya is a long-time advocate of paying attention to the topic of digital identity. She started the session by asking, "Why does this topic of persistent digital identity matter?" She referred to a seminal First Monday article "The Augmented Social Network: Building identity and trust into the next-generation Internet"



4 Components of the Emerging Identity and Relationship Layer

I. OpenID

Not about having one identifier for everything you want to do on the web. Now you probably have 100. This is about having maybe 10. Freedom to aggregate yourself so you're not chopped up into 100 pieces on the web!

See more info at OpenID.net.

II. Data Linking (XRI/XDI are the two standards - both at OASIS)

This is about organizational presence on the web (whereas OpenID was about individual presence on the web). Instead of having different entires in different places and databases, just update it in one place.

III. i-cards

Information cards -- if you have Vista, these have shipped with Vista. Microsoft CardSpace is a commercial example of this technology. Instead of entering info into forms all the time, you select one of your cards and insert info from it. There are self-issued cards and managed cards. Better way to sign on. Brains on the client -- phishing protection. Better way to share information.

Another example is the Higgins Project - driving by IBM and Novell.

"The activity here is real even though you've never heard of it."


IV. VRM (Vendor Relationship Management)

This is being driven by the Berkman Center at Harvard (see Berkman's ProjectVRM). It looks at... Where's the individual in the picture and how are they interacting with all of these different organizations? Some of early adopters of this are in the public media space.

The important question: Will there be civil society engagement with these standards?

We have a huge issue of persona management. For example, maybe people want to keep their work persona and their activist persona separate?

Discussion of the standards

An audience member asks, "If these standards were a horse, which would you back in the race?" Kaliya answers, "All of them!" They all do different things. She referred to the Venn of Identity, a venn diagram showing the relationship between these standards.

Kaliya would love for people to learn more and get involved! One way to do that is by paying attention to the Newbies4Newbies group.