Emerging Themes for IIW12

One of the reasons I love IIW is that really smart people with passion can come together, discuss hard problems AND make real progress towards solving them.  This is just my take – of course the workshop will be created by the people who attend.

OpenID “The Next Generation”:

In my last post I said some things that some people associated with particular technologies may have interpreted in a way that I didn’t intend.  I said “OpenID as we know it” was dead – but OpenID itself is very much alive and making progress to the next generation of OpenID. The work led by Nat Sakimura on Attribute Binding and the proposal to do an OpenID Connect by David Recordon have merged into OpenID-ABC.   They are making steady progress led by John Bradley and Nat with active participation from Microsoft, Google and Facebook.  My hope is that some more people from independent web perspectives – hint hint Evan and Sarah 😉  can get involved too.

The OpenID Summit on May 2 will be a place where people are gathering to focus on the technology and progress will be made at IIW following.

Media, Trust and the Freedom to Comment:

Issues surfacing around the release of Facebook Comments and the “protection” they in theory give against trolls – articulated here on TechCrunch.

Facebook Comments homes in on trolling by forcing real identity, but the end result isn’t just the silencing of trolls, it’s the silencing of everyone.

I have been surprised by the number of projects surfacing about how individuals share and connect information about media.  Bill Densmore has had a project called CircLabs for a while. Hypothes.is is a project that I just learned about that is in the research phase.


Personal Data – Legal and Technical Issues:

The buzz around various startups in the Personal Data Ecosystem is growing. Kynetx, Phil Windley’s company, has launched their new site for apps on the live web. This week TrustFabric put out Beta 3. Tara Hunt published an article about Personal Data on O’Reilly Radar.  Drummond & Joe are working on Connect.me. Azigo has new software out. Mydex has completed its community prototype in the UK. Personal.com has a site up but is not live yet. Statz.com has begun a board of trade for people’s data and lets them upload their data. Folks from the Locker Project will also be attending.

Last week was Personal Data 2.0 with many sessions about key issues – it was a great warmup for IIW and precursor for the same workshop a week after IIW in London the same day as a similar conversation at the European Identity Conference.  We are hosting Yukon Day, a day we are inviting investors to, on the third day of IIW.  There are many legal issues to be discussed around data and rights. Scott David wrote a post about why lawyers should come to IIW.

NSTIC: Making it Real

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is being announced today at the US Chamber of Commerce. I wrote about why we shouldn’t freak out about it after the program office was announced at Stanford. Government leaders working on actually implementing open standards for identity login at NIH and other agencies participated in our east coast satellite event last September in DC.  This coming IIW will be a great opportunity to make progress in the dialogue about the issues NSTIC raises and to get down to the nitty gritty of implementing.