Identity at Earthday Digital Be-IN

There is a lot of activity happening. I wanted to let you all know about the Earth Day Digital Be-In happening on April 22 at SOMARTS in San Francsico (934 Brannon).

It is going to be a wonderful event that moves from a Networking social hour put on by the Urban Alliance for Sustainability to the Planet Code Symposium that Planetwork and imaginify pulled together into an evening of Eco-Activiation – transformative art music and inspiring speakers. There will be a Green Frontier Exhibition with number of green and sustainable projects presenting their work in an exhibit. Join us in a true fusion of Northern California culture, art and technology.

Here is a video that gives you some sense of the groove of the day.

5-6 Networking Salon hosted by San Francisco Alliance for Urban Sustainability

6pm – 8pm The Planet Code Symposium with several panels. (updates posted here)
Panels on Digital, Organic and Integral Solutions.

Speakers include:
Jim Fournier, Eprida; Karri Winn, Planetwork; Kaliya Hamlin, Identity Woman; Jair, imaginify; Marc Kasky, co-founder Green Century Institute; “Redwood Mary” Kaczorowski, United Nations; Melinda Kramer, Women’s Global Green Action Network; Greg Steltenpohl, Interra Project; Eric Sundelof, Stanford Digital Visions Program; Rick Tarnas, California Institute of Integral Studies; author, Psyche and Cosmos; John Clippinger, Berkman Center at Harvard Law School; David Ulansey, Mass Extinction Network Awareness; Randy Hayes, Rainforest Action Network, Oakland Sustainability Director; Gavin Newsom, Urban Environmental Accords ; Chris Deckker, Earthdance; Erik Davis, Evolver Project

Performances form 8pm on include:
Live performers: LunaGroove, Foxgluv, Irina Mikhailova, Waterjuice, Living Alliance of Love, hands upon black earth, Artemis, Divasonic, 1000%, Random Rab
DJ’s Cybervixen, Dov, Goz, KJ, Kode IV, Maximillian, Mozaic, Neptune, Shawna & Laura
Performance and Dance: Dreamtime Awakened – directed by, Davin S, Mystic Family Circus, Estara, Décor, Anon Salon, Trinity – Sacred Space Altars, Sacred Treasure House

Green Frontier Exhibition
Formerly known as the Digital Frontier, this edition of the Be-In will feature the “Green Frontier” – emphasizing the new initiatives, projects and products that are leading the way to a green economy and sustainable culture. In addition to paid sponsor exhibits, the Be-In each year invites a range of groups whose causes or products are worthy of broader exposure. The Green Frontier is a lively forum where leading technology creators can meet and exchange ideas with sophisticated users and professionals. It is also a place to expose forward-thinking ideas and initiatives to a community that is in the business of changing the world through evolutionary technology and social innovations. The Digital Be-In is well known as a catalyst to influence trends, spawn important ideas, create alliances, and showcase creative possibilities. The Green Frontier—at the event and on the ongoing Be-In websites—is where the tribes gather and connect.

New Newsreader Needed -Help

I have been using NetNewsWire since I began reading blogs. The trouble is that it is WAY SLOW. Does anyone have a not slow client side mac RSS reader they like?

I can’t stand what I have now it takes like 5 seconds to move from one post to the next. I know I have a lot of posts – cause I am keeping way more posts then I actually read. I do this cause so far there are not good engines that let me search small slices of the blogosphere well. So saving them on my computer seems like the way through.

Free Phone but only if you use the number we give you????

I just got a pitch from the Spring Ambassador program for a free phone and free calling and data for 6 months. I am like cool (some how I have landed as a tech somebody cause only those folks get free phone offers). I can transfer the number that is only good in the bay area to this new phone and get out of the MetroPCS getto that I am in. All of you who know I have 2 cel phone (one for the bay area one for outside) will be happy to have me be integrated back on to one phone.

I write them asking that I have a phone number I have be used. They write back and say:

Because of the way the Ambassador phones are set up, you are unable to change the phone number of the phone for the duration of the 6 months. However, you are able to transfer your existing number to the phone after the 6 month period, if you wish.
Thank you,
The Sprint Ambassador Team

Notice they didn’t even sign their names…so much for having a real market conversation between people. I am just talking to their “team.”

It proves how dumb the phone system is. If these guys can’t figure out how to technically give me my phone number to use it doesn’t do me a whole lot of good. In terms of identifier management it just adds to the complexity – not decreasing it.

Hopefully they will figure this out and let me use my own number.

Identity at NTEN on Thursday

I am leading an Identity panel at the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network – National Technology Conference in Seattle on Thursday at 10:30. It will include Mike Jones from Microsoft, Andrew Nelson, Matthew Emery from Kintera, Jon Ramer from Interra and Andy Dale from ooTao.

Clarity in Blogging – What do you want from me.

I would like to ask you all a question – What do you want and need out of my blogging? This morning I have been writing relatively short context sensitive posts.

One person has contacted me and tole me that they ‘have no idea what I am talking about’ and there are not enough links to create context. I am at Mix06 – in case that wasn’t obvious. The Microsoft live web conference.

What kind of posts do you like best? What do you want more of? should I wait till the end of the day at a conference and post all at once? What works? Thanks for your feedback.

To comment on this blog you need to create and account on the login screen here and then click on comment.

There is no power in sessions at Mix06

Apparently MS seems to think we are about 5 yrs ahead of time using 10 hour fuel cell batteries or something in our laptops.

There are literally NO power bar outlets in the seating area of the entire 1300 person auditorium for keynotes. The walls on either side are ‘flexiwalls’ so no power from them. There is one outlet with two plugs in this main hall. In the breakout session rooms there are a couple outlets at the back. I went and asked why they didn’t have plugs and they were like we have wifi. I was like “power cord plugs” they were like oh?

Scoble (who was part of organizing this) – you would think that they would meet peoples power needs. Heck they have seat beanbags with Mix embroidered on them. One thing they get right even if the wifi isn’t working is that there is power.

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If it weren’t for flickr…

I am at Mix06 and it seems that I missed a Vegas moment at the show. This relates to my experience this morning I was treated to women serving men cocktails while gambling in the lobby of the conference hotel and my hotel wearing nothing but bathing suits with skirts. Perhaps this was in jest. None the less I still wonder why the need to bring out a woman in such an outfit when there are so few of us actually in the audience and it just reinforces less then ideal objectified frames around around female sexuality.

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To MS we are just customers

It seems to me that their language regarding those of us who use their stuff – customers. Individuals who buy stuff most notably not creators.

All the people who come to your website are coming there to ‘do business with you’ according to the browser guy. Not to join, participate, cooperate, create, etc.

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At Mix06..Marc Canter has started from the floor

During Gates Keynote he brought up the guys from myspace to talk about how they have used ASP.NET to scale well. They are also building a photo ‘gadget’ (in Apple land we call these widgets I think).that is just like 1001 for flickr. As they were leaving the stage – Marc Canter hollered out “Give us some Open APIs please”.

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Identity at W3C workshop

So there was a whole little section on identity within the workshop. Sxip submitted a paper about all the requirements of an identity system and then proceeded to just pitch their own ‘solution’. I am sorry that W3C workshop paper Observations on Distributed Authentication and Authorization in Web Applications was not given air time.
I got to present about Identity Commons and Identity Rights Agreements and Reputation for Service Providers. They were very receptive to our work particularly since the P3P stuff is now almost completely wound down. There were some concerns by one of the guys from the banking industry about the stack model to stand up. I think several guys will make it to the workshop in May.

What is the map of the challenge? Usability and Web Authentication

Last week for two days I was at the W3C workshop on usability and authentication. It was hosted at the top of a citibank building in Brooklyn. We had to present ID at the door to get upstairs.

The room was a very long rectangle room with three presentation screens and 2 giant columns. It is a terrible lay out. The first morning we heard 3 ppt presentations about ‘the problems’ of for usable security and authentication. Maybe people are 1/2 present doing e-mail and other things.

I really wanted to interactively (as in facilitated face to face discussion) create a map of the problem space. By the end of two days I sort of got it but I know we as a room could have come up with that in 1/2 a day and then sent the rest of the time really working on ideas for solutions.

There are a bunch of constituencies.
Browsers – Firefox, Opera and IE (Microsoft)
Big websites – AOL, Yahoo, Google.
Certificate Authorities – Verisign

They all want security of verifying websites to be more usable and understandable to normal folks. So there was usability experts.

I think I understand why ‘standards bodies’ and processes get bogged down. They are really not very innovative in their face to face technology – presentations for a two days do not create a positive energetic vortex and community to move forward on solving problems.

I am really tuned into this need to get better at our face to face process so our ideas and innovations for the online world can actually work.

Law and Order SVU: Identity Use Case

Last night I was on JetBlue from NYC to Vegas. I don’t watch TV normally but JetBlue I get to :) last night I – mostly watched Law and Order. In one of the episodes an interesting use case comes up. They are investigating a murder. The victim has a stamp on his arm from a gay club. They go an investigate the club and who was there. Turns out that the club scans everyones drivers licenses and keeps a log of all the people who go in. I wonder how prevalent these identity scanning systems are – does anyone know or know where to find out. What are the regulations about their use and what is the ‘agreement’ that people who are scanned. The Club owners say that the system cost $11,000 and the reason they got it was because they were busted for serving alcohol to a 15 year old girl. The police investigators look through list of people who were at the club that night. It turns out that the cop’s son is on the list.

Sophisticated DRM is really important sounds like CRAP to me.

So we are getting BBC’s pitch for how great DRM is. It all sounds so nice and warm and fuzzy.

I really enjoyed David Berlind’s whiteboard session on C.R.A.P. – Content, Restriction, Annulment, and Protection.

You can drag and drop stuff to share with friends. Does the BBC have yet another friends list of mine? Can we get some open standards for friends lists. It seems like the kind of stuff they are expecting us to download will just not happen with the level of broadband in this country…so much lower then the rest of the world.

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Yadis 1.0 is annouced.

Yadis 1.0 was announced by Johannes during the round table here at PCForum on identity reputation and attention. It was a good discussion There are a lot of concerns about these issues and some new folks joined the gang. Ross blogged about it here. Bruce from ATTAP really wanted a social movement to emerge around these issues.

Internet Identity Workshop is announced May 1-3 in Mountain View

It seems only appropriate that while PC Forum is going on with the theme Erosion of Power: Users in Charge that the we are announcing the second Internet Identity Workshop.

May 1-3, 2006, Computer History Museum, Mountainview CA
Workshop Wiki

The Internet Identity Workshop focuses on user-centric identity and identity in the large. Providing identity services between people, websites, and organizations that don’t necessarily have a formalized relationship is a different problem than providing authentication and authorization services within a single organization.

The goal of the Internet Identity Workshop is to support the continued development of several open efforts in the user-centric identity community. These include the following:

* Technical systems and proposal like YADIS (LID, OpenID, Inames), MetaIdentity system, Infocards, and the Higgings Project
* Legal and social movements and issues like Identity Commons, identity rights agreements, and service providers reputation.
* Use cases for emerging markets such as user generated video (e.g., innovative economic networks (e.g., attention brokering and lead generation (e.g., consumer preferences (e.g. permission based marketing), and civil society networking (e.g. planetwork)

The workshop will take place May 2 and 3, 2006 at the Computer History Museum. We will also have a 1/2 day on the first of May for newbies who want to get oriented to the protocols and issues before diving into the community. If you are new to the discussion, we encourage your attendance on May 1st because of the open format we’ll be using to organize the conference.

Format and Process
At the last identity workshop we did open space for a day. It was so successful and energizing that we will be using this format for both days. If you have a presentation that you would like to make or a topic that you know needs discussion in the community you can propose it here on the wiki. We will make the schedule when we are face to face at 9AM on May 2nd. We do this in part because the ‘field’ is moving so rapidly that we your organizing team are in no position to ‘know’ what needs to be talked about. We do know great people who will be there and it is the attendees who have a passion to learn and contribute to the event that will make it.

Part of the reason for moving to the Computer History Museum is to have better space for running this kind of effort with an expanding community. We expect a large and energized community to attend and are counting on plenty of participation. Don’t be put off by that, however, if you’re just getting into this. Come and learn. You won’t be disappointed.

We are committed to keeping this conference open and accessible. Having a venue that will support our doubling in size also means that it costs a bit more.

We decided to have a tiered cost structure to support accessibility as well as inviting those who are more able to pay to contribute. If you want to come we want you there. If cost is an issue please contact us and we can discuss how to make it work.

* Students – $75
* Independents – $150
* Corporate – $250

The fees are used to cover the cost of the venue, organization, snacks and lunch both days. We encourage you to pre-register since we will limit attendance at the event to 200 people. The IIW workshop in October sold out and we expect strong interest in this one as well.

Our goal is to keep the workshop vendor neutral, but we will be accepting limited sponsorships for the following:

* Morning Break, May 2, and 3 ($800 each)
* Afternoon Break, May 1, 2, and 3 ($800 each)
* Lunch on May 2 and 3 ($2400 each)
* Conference Dinner, May 2 ($4000)

If you or your company would like to sponsor one of these workshop activities, or have ideas about other activities contact me. You will not get any extra speaking time for sponsoring but you will get thank-yous and community ‘love.’

IIW2006 is being organized by:

* Kaliya Hamlin
* Doc Searls
* Phil Windley

The Brigham Young University Enterprise Computing Laboratory is providing logistical support and backing for this workshop.

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PCForum: Reputation, Attention, Behavioral Targeting…

It is serious here at PCForum with Mary and Roml.
This morning’s panels were good.

Trusted ID – I can pay them to pay experian and the credit agencies not to sell my data. It seems like an interesting business model.

Apparently form talking to congress things the finacial system is “working just fine” and they don’t want to touch it. Seems like this is quite far from the truth. I have to borrow money I don’t need to get a credit rating so I can borrow money I do need.

Ted from Opinity and Seth from Root Markets were also on the panel.

We had a new word in the audience ‘attestations’ for what we call assertions. The work on vocabulary development although it drives some folks crazy is really needed so we can communicate about the ideas.

There was a defense of GoodMail – certified e-mail that is causing all this ruckus from EFF And Moveon. I talked to the PR guy from there company yesterday and shared that I felt it was wrong to charge postage on the net – that it should be solved in other ways with authentication and reputation.

Who owns your data – lots of questions form IP land. If someone took a picture of the panel ‘they would own’ it but if there was a public figure in the picture ‘the public figure’ would own it.

Panel 2 was less inspiring because it was like how to we track you in slightly better ways and give you ads targeted at you better. STOP – I don’t want ads.

I don’t want to pay on a per site basis for ad freeness but I would pay into a consortium and then travel around the web in an ‘ad free way’ and then my money would be divided up based on my actual use in that month. I will pay these sites in aggregate for providing me good services add free.

The company that did the RNC work for the last election They also work with the Sierra club. But what happens when we build out good information in an open citizens based way an innovate. It makes me hopeful about the 1society project we are working on at Planetwork.
He also has a sense of how to foster relationship with folks, saying thank you, knowing you know someone, personalization. These fundamental qualities are often missing in those seeking to do social change.

There was a guy there from Takota he is not in program so that name is not spelt write. He really was not able to understand what ‘creativity’ was when Esther put it forward as what people want to do.

Looking at the amazing success of Make and Martha Stewart – people fundamentally want to be creative – not just to buy unique items to define themselves. Yesterday the fact that the ‘working class’ does not buy items to differentiate themselves but the middle class does this a lot. It seems that human creativity is a market opportunity that if understood better is a great opportunity.

“Companies are driven by FEAR and GREED” another one agreed this “fear, greed and ego” are what motivates people.
These views are not true or correct. I have been reading DRIVEN – they make the assertion there are two ancient drives – to acquire and defend and very human ones – the drive to BOND and the drive to LEARN. So there are fear and greed at a root in a way but we have so much abundance in this society that we can really do so much with the higher level drives. Flickr works because it supports in a big way the drive to Bond and drive to Learn.

I think this ‘fear greed ego paradigm’ is a fundamental problem in the current business culture. Building a world based on this world view is an energy is really making our world an ‘unfun’ place.

The elephant in the room around this stuff was highlighted – what happens when you the government shows up and wants to see someone’s data.

Q: Has anyone thought about the open source environment the ability to manage a whole variety of these things – identity data, attention data.

I give someone the keys to my garage – how do I take the keys back. This is the question – revocation is key. Seth said that he thought next year we would be talking about erasing things.

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MyAPI we need it now

So, right now they only way to verify that I own an account online “that I am who I am” is giving a third party the login to my account.

I want myAPI a secondary login for making assertions of ownership of an account as well as access to data in that account – like the books that I have bought, my linked in contacts, my budy list etc..

We need standard ways to access (via MyAPI) and share this information (putting information in standards formats (xri perhaps?) so that it can be integrated and aggregated by me and services that I want to use).

MyAPI has a different password then my ‘primary’ account and perhaps there are a few different levels of privileges.

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The Intention Economy by Doc

This piece on the Intention Economy by Doc is really great. It speaks to what I see as the subtle convergence of ideas from communities that I belong to. In spiritual activist world intention is a big deal “what is your intention” is not an infrequent question or frame invited around self reflection.

The social venture and social enterprise communities are big into finding a balance between intention and making money.

From the article.

Is “The Attention Economy” just another way for advertisers to skewer eyeballs? And why build an economy around Attention, when Intention is where the money comes from? 

I have developed a real problem with the perspective behind what a number of people have been saying about Attention behind the podia. That perspective is sell-side. Its point of view is anchored with sellers, not buyers.

Hence my idea: The Intention Economy.

The Intention Economy grows around buyers, not sellers. It leverages the simple fact that buyers are the first source of money, and that they come ready-made. You don’t need advertising to make them.

The Intention Economy is about markets, not marketing. You don’t need marketing to make Intention Markets.

The Intention Economy is built around truly open markets, not a collection of silos. In The Intention Economy, customers don’t have to fly from silo to silo, like a bees from flower to flower, collecting deal info (and unavoidable hype) like so much pollen. In The Intention Economy, the buyer notifies the market of the intent to buy, and sellers compete for the buyer’s purchase. Simple as that.

The Intention Economy is built around more than transactions. Conversations matter. So do relationships. So do reputation, authority and respect. Those virtues, however, are earned by sellers (as well as buyers) and not just “branded” by sellers on the minds of buyers like the symbols of ranchers burned on the hides of cattle.

The Intention Economy is about buyers finding sellers, not sellers finding (or “capturing”) buyers.

Even though I’ve been thinking out loud about Independent Identity for years, I didn’t have a one-word adjective for the kind of market economy it would yield, or where it would thrive. Now, thanks to all the unclear talk at eTech about attention, intentional is that adjective, because intent is the noun that matters most in any economy that gives full respect to what only customers can do, which is buy.

Like so many other things that I write about (including everything I’ve written about identity), The Intention Economy is a provisional idea. It’s an observation that might have no traction at all. Or, it might be a snowball: an core idea with enough heft to roll, and with enough adhesion to grow, so others add their own thoughts and ideas to it.

As for the Linux connection, I believe that The Intention Economy is, by necessity, built on free software and open source principles, practices, standards and code. It’s not something that requires any company’s “platform” or “environment”. That’s why, much as I like the services provided by companies like Orbitz (which is built on LAMP, and does a very good job), I believe no company’s system can encompass The Intention Economy. The encompassing has to work the other way around. In other words, silos are fine. But the choice can’t be “nothing but silos”.

I think the foundational statement here is this necessity these new economic models be built on free software and open source principles, practices, standards and code.

You can see this trend happening in the face to face community gatherings of techies with the flowering of independent conferences that are built on open source principles. They don’t have a high barrier to entry and people come together because they have an interest – they figure out what they want to talk about and do together. We have used these to bring the identity community together at the Internet Identity Workshop. Camps are happening etc.

The essential nature of identity systems that go to the core of who we are – or are becoming in the digital age means that the platforms that we use to exchange this information must be OPEN. Jair and I have talked about this a bunch. We must be able to see the code that our operating systems are built on if they are managing our personally identifying information. How do we know there is not an NSA back door into Microsoft vista to peer on us. Despite what MS says can we believe them – we could if we could see the code. Hopefully they will get with Jeffery Moore and understand the comodification of the stack.

We also must improve privacy protection for third party storage of information – breaking out of the ‘secrecy paradigm’ that the courts interpreted – if someone knows information about me then it is not secret so they can share it. This does not jive with or norms of social disclosure of information.

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Thanks for the women’s shirts – Matt

I just had a fun time at SXSW. One of the highlights was getting a wearable girl ‘t’ for the first time ever. Matt “mr. wordpress” was handing them out at Bar Camp Austin. (normally when you get girl teas they are ‘way to tight’ for my body architecture – so I have a few but they are unwearable). These ones are GREAT! I am wearing mine on the plane on the way to PC Forum.

In the t-shirt vein there was this one I know HTML (How to Meet Ladies) and the I was once internet famous.

On that note Mary and I were leaving the party and introductions happen and the guy meeting us says to her – oh your internet famous.

The best talk at SXSW (for the little bit we were there) was Creating Passionate Users. I hope that some of what I learned can be applied to the usercentric identity space.

Panels are yucky…

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Skype for Business is here

from the ready-for-the-bigtime dept : Skype Announces Skype For Business

“Skype has launched a new offensive to go after small business dollars. From the BusinessWeek article: ‘The company is unveiling Skype for Business, aimed at small companies with fewer than 10 employees, on Mar. 9. Skype for Business will include a new Web site,, as well as a host of features and hardware. While Skype has introduced features appealing to business users one by one for the past six months, the new announcement marks the beginning of a concerted effort.'”

Open a Credit card in anybody’s name. . .

It is really scary these days in credit card land.
I am staying with Liz Lawley and shared it with me. Guy gets lots of credit card applications mailed to him. He decides to run and experiment. He rips one of them up tapes it back together then puts his parents address on it and his cel phone number and mails it in to see if they will give him a card. THEY DO and he uses his cel phone number to activate.

Check his site to get the MAKER play by play photos on how he did it.

Basically any theif can steal your credit card applicaitons and get cards in your name mailed to them at any address and use a cel phone to activate.
We have some major security flaws to fix in this world.

Pushing and Pulling with XDI

So there has been this whole fullry of activity on the list about pull vs. push. Guess what – XDI can do both. …oooo… I found this quote while pulling apart ancient identity commons presentations for the 2.0 version that I am presenting next week at the W3C workshop.

Today on the internet html links are essentially one-way “strings” that connect the two documents, allowing the linked document to be “pulled” down into a browser.

Links using XDI change this one way static dynamic by creating a two-way “data-pipe” through which data can actively flow in either direction (“push” or “pull”). This flow can be controlled automatically by “valves” on either end called XDI link contracts.

Like real-world contracts, link contracts are flexible enough to address virtually any aspect of data authority and control. They can govern:

Authority: Who controls the data being shared via the contract?
Authentication: How will each party prove its identity to the other?
Authorization: Who has what access rights and privileges to the data?
Privacy and usage control: What uses can be made of the data and by whom?
Synchronization: How and when will the subscriber receive updates to the data?
Termination: What happens when the data sharing relationship is ended?
Recourse: How will any disputes over the data sharing agreement be resolved?