Paul will be attending the first meeting of this new group Feb 13-16. Here is the stated scope:
The scope of the Focus Group is Identity Management (IdM) for
telecommunications/ICT in general; and specifically to facilitate and
advance the development of a generic IdM framework and means of discovery of
autonomous distributed identities and identity federations and
Here is the abstract from what looks like an interesting Stanford/NYU paper based on Helen Nissenbaum's earlier paper here. It inspired this story in the Economist:
As part of the OSIS effort we've been contributing to the creation of a document entitled Interoperability Space that tries to define what "interoperability" means for our emerging open source identity layer. As usual trying to write things down, has forced more clarity. The next step will be to add a table that will summarize how various products relate to the dimensions in the document. After that we'll start assembling use cases.
Phil Windley wrote this introduction to XRIs and i-names. Other than a minor error in stating that i-names are not reassignable (they are, but the underlying i-numbers are not), it's great to have i-names be presented in an accessible way. Making i-names seem simple is important to those of us integrating them into our solutions. Folks will gradually discover that there's more under the hood than they realized. But they have to get one first.
I've long considered that I work for Doc Searls. No, he doesn't pay me much. Well, anything. But what he now calls VRM is a powerful vision, and one worth working for.
Without an interoperable, user-centric/independent identity layer, VRM won't scale. It'll just be a bunch of special cases. Interesting, but no big bang. So that's the part of the VRM thing that I focus on in Higgins and related projects. What we need is an easy, universal way to project facets of yourself onto different "others" (including vendors) based on the context. That's what will enable VRM.