Identity ironies…

I was born 1 hour north of the US boarder in Vancouver, Canada. Brian Hamlin my lovely husband a native Californian.

I came to the United States in 1995 on a student visa meaning I have had over 10 years of first hand ‘user-experience’ with this identity stuff in relationship to government.

I have had a temporary permanent status for 2 years now (think about that oxymoron for a bit). It expires Dec 16. I put in my application to have this temporaryness removed in early November.

Last week I got a note in the mail that my ‘temporary status’ had been extended a year and looked up how much time it would take for them to actually process my application (6 months) and that I would have another notice in the mail shortly telling me when to go in to get my biometrics taken.

The notice came on Monday in the mail and had my biometric taking appointment time as 9AM on 12/05/2006 – that would be the Tuesday Morning of the IIW. Needless to say I sent it back and asked it to be rescheduled.

Here is the text of the notice:

To process your application the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) must capture your biometrics. PLEASE APPEAR AT THE BELOW APPLICATION SUPPORT CENTER AT TEH DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR AS SCHEDULED, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED ABANDONED.

Application support center: USCIS Oakland, 2040 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94612.

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE NOTICE CAREFULLY
DATE ADN TIME OF APPOINTMENT
12/05/2006
9:00AM

WHEN YOU GO TO THE APPLICATION CENTER TO HAVE YOUR BIOMETRICS TAKEN, YOU MUST BRING:

1. THIS APPOINTMENT NOICE and
2. PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. Naturalization applicants must bring their Alien Registration Card. All other applicants must bring a passport, driver’s license, national ID, military ID, or State-issued photo ID. If you appear without proper identification, your biometrics may not be taken.

CELL PHONES, CAMERAS, OR OTHER RECORDING DEVICES ARE NOT PERMITTED.

REQUEST FOR RESCHEDULING
Pleas resdhedule my appointment for the next available: ( ) Wednesday afternoon ( ) Saturday Afternoon.

One Week to Open Space and the ‘un-talent show’

I am getting really excited that we are gathering in Mountain View next week. It should be another great gathering.

Lots of projects have great developments since the last IIW in May and I can’t wait to learn all about the developments. We will get a taste of these developments on Monday with the introductory afternoon.

Our Agenda making will be at 8:30 AM sharp on Tuesday. This is so we can get 3 working sessions in before lunch.

Wednesday agenda creation will be at 9:30 on with an informal session during the hour before over breakfast.

One of the highlights will be the “un-talent” show on Tuesday night. The restaurant has a great stage and will have a sound system. If you have a guitar or other musical instruments you play – bring them. They said they would have a keyboard there.

I have been busy working on the logistics – food wise during the day we have the – The Barista, All the fruit you can eat, Trader Joe’s Snacks, etc. Lunch will be the same as last time Dee Dee’s Indian on Tuesday and The Country Deli sandwiches on Wednesday. Monday nights dinner will be at Amarin Thai and Tuesday at the Latin Bistro.

Gnomedex is not becoming the Attention ID Neutrality Conference

I was just going through my cards and went to the Multi-Media Me. This post “Long Live Gnomedex!” was at the top and it cracked me up. He ran through some of the rumors about what would happen to the conference. This of course was my favorite.

Did you hear the one where Steve Gillmor, Kaliya Hamlin and Werner Vogels had bought the rights and were going to change the name to the Attention ID Neutrality Conference.

I had hear the rumors too…that Gnomedex 2006 was the last one. He points to a post that Chris did refuting the rumors.

Health Insurance (un) Happiness

I was surfing around looking for people who had blogged about the IIW. I found this post by Sean Coon about Health Insurance. He had this lovely quote to start the post off: “If you’re self-employed, demand a really good health plan. and if your boss won’t listen, quit. That’ll show yourself.”

Just this week I got the letter from my health insurance company saying that my health insurance would go up to $570 a month from $430. I shifted age brackets and it is just that time of year when fees go up. I can’t really get insurance on the market cause I am ‘uninsurable’ I am stuck in this plan. I feel lucky that I make enough money (at least right now) that I can absorb the increase. This cost is why millions of American’s don’t have health insurance.

CALEA in the news

So my legal namesake CALEA has been a source of interesting eyebrow raising for those who know its name when they are introduced to me.

Today it is in the news again.

Paul Kouroupas, vice president of regulatory affairs for Global Crossing, strongly criticized the Federal Communications Commission’s broadening of a 1994 law–originally intended to cover telephone providers–as disproportionately costly, complex, and riddled with privacy concerns. His company is one of the world’s largest Internet backbone providers.

“Our customers are large Fortune 500 companies–not too many of those companies are conducting drug deals or terrorist activities out of Merrill Lynch’s offices or using their phones in that way,” Kouroupas said at an event here sponsored by the DC Bar Association. “By and large we don’t get wiretap requests, yet we’re faced with the costs to come into compliance,” which he estimated at $1 million.

At issue is an order issued last fall by the Federal Communications Commission that set a deadline of May 14, 2007, by which most broadband and Internet phone providers are required to reengineer their networks for easier snooping by law enforcement. The move expanded the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, which Congress wrote to impose obligations on telephone companies, but not Internet providers.

Yet another BaseCamp Account

I got the e-mail inviting me to yet another BaseCamp (this time to organize a panel I am on at SXSW) I groned.

This is the second time today I have had the “Yet Another BaseCamp Account” issue arose. Earlier I got a note from a Basecamp that I am in for a paper I am collaborating on about Golf and Social Networks. I didn’t even remember that project had a Basecamp let alone what my login was (the owner of the Basecamp sends you your login they assign) or my password (again they assign it).

I hope the folks at 37Signals and their Zen approach to programming simplicity are paying attention to OpenID. They have a philosphy that software should ‘do less.’ To build on that I think people using software tools shouldn’t keep assigning me more handles that I forget and can’t keep track of.

One solution might be a system were those who including me in a project basecamp send me a unique link (via e-mail) and then I click on the link and it asks me to either login via my OpenID or to choose a user name and password.

With a unified UUID across all my basecamp accounts would be great. Then it might be possible for me to have a coherent picture of my Basecamp activity across all my projects. Socialtext recently has supported individuals with participation on multiple wiki’s being able to see into the activity on all the wikis they participate in via a dashboard. Very cool.

The Open Phone a platform for User-centric ID apps?

Reading SlashDot I found this article about the Open Phone coming out with a Linux operating system. The left lots of room for folks to write apps to run on top of it. It sounds like a great platform for some identity applications and UI experimentation. Maybe we can have a session at IIW regarding its potential.

On another note I went to ‘digg’ it and it asked me to login….I don’t want another name and password thankyou!

Killer Robots are Real

I thought this was a sad article from Slashdot about killer robots. It makes me concerned about the marriage of such robots and identifying technology. Maybe I am being paranoid but one must ‘design for evil’ as Bruce Sterling says.

Design For Evil”
Any innocent product which becomes suddenly genocidal in the hands of a tyrant has been designed by a dangerous naif. Every design process is incomplete unless it takes into careful consideration what could be done with the product by a dictatorial megalomaniac in command of a national economy, a secret police, and a large army.

The 4 overlapping people – Web2.0 and GreenFest

Last week was full.

I joined a startup (Confabb),
went to the hallway track and events around the edge of Web 2.0,
facilitated Ruby on Rails Camp in San Jose,
peeked my head into Web2poin2 (the one track? unconference?)
and caught the very end of the NTEN Social Change and Wireless conference.

Over the weekend I went to the Green Festival – ironically it had its own “DotCom” party brought to us by SustainLane.

The interesting thing was the four people who were at both Web2.0 and Green Fest. Myself, David Fox, Tom Rielly from TED and Victor from earthgrid.

If you went to the Green Festival or Web 2.0 you can go in to Confabb and rate and review any of the sessions. I am hoping we can use this for the upcoming Internet Identity Workshop.

ps. if you were at both events feel free to contact me and I will ad you to the list.