On being an accidental NSTIC Pilot Yenta

The first person who I heard calling herself a Yenta was Deborah Elizabeth Finn who I met via my participation in the Nonprofit Technology world and the NTEN community.  She is “the Cyber Yenta” helping nonprofit folks figure out their technology needs and match making. Yenta is a Yiddish word for a woman who is doing mate matchmaking. 

This last few weeks I have felt like a “Cyber Yenta” when it comes to NSTIC (National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace) Pilots because many folks have come to me to share their idea for a Pilot.  Given what I know from reading the NSTIC Pilot FFO and having attended 6 out of the 6 so far NSTIC face to face (I attended the last one virtually) events:

  • NPO Announcement
  • NSTIC Release
  • NSTIC Governance Workshop
  • NSTIC Privacy Workshop
  •  NSTIC uses IIW as its Technical Workshop
  • NSTIC Pilot Proposers day

They clearly want  to solve issues/challenges that are multi-party in nature where the $ will help to create incentives to do interoperability beyond what one company, organization or technology can do on its own.

Many of the people sharing bid ideas involve, unsurprisingly, their project being in the big part of a bid.  I listen/read and think… given potential purposes outlined in the NSTIC Pilot FFO (Federal Funding Opportunity) you know this one echnology/legal framework is one piece of what is a many-piece problem.  It is hard to dissuade them of that.

They really want relying parties, so if you come to the table with those, you are in a much better position.  They need legal issues solved along with technology ones.

I am not discouraging anyone from submitting a proposal for their technology/legal framework, but it would be helpful if people both thought about how they can be the center of their “own” bid ALONG with how they think what they have could fit with other organization’s companies bids too. How does your piece of the puzzle fit with other puzzle pieces. What do you have to give/contribute/share with others? How could you participate in a bid even if you didn’t get paid to do so?

It will be way easier for me to help network/connect across the landscape of potential bids if I know how you can play/contribute if you get a large sum of money (several hundred thousand), medium sum of money (tens of thousands), small sum of money (a few thousand), and no money/just participating (you just got new users pointed at your service that interoperates with a broader universe of relying parties, for example).

I have felt caught in the middle not wanting to lose trust by sharing things I shouldn’t about people’s ideas and bids, but also feeling like they need to connect and know more about others.  I am hoping that we can all put more information out there about how ideas for the ecosystem can fit together.  I also hope that people can be realistic about how they have key puzzle pieces, but not “all” the puzzle pieces.

 

Upcoming Travel and Events – March is busy!

I have made a resolution for the new year to blog more about things I am thinking about and working on along with where I will be and where I have been.

The big news from last week was the coming IPO of Facebook and the release of how the NSTIC Pilots will work [PDF]. They are going to grant 10 million dollars and the first deadline is March 7th.

So this coming month is quiet until the 3rd week. Then there is the Personal Archiving conference and an event about a new reputation system.

ID Collaboration Day is happening February 27th the Monday of RSA week. We are expecting a good group from a range of organizations. We are in the same venue as last year Blacklight Ventures at Mission and South Van Ness. IIW/Identity Commons is collaborating with Kantara Initiative and OASIS IDTrust. I suspect that NSTIC will be a major topic of conversation.

 

Ping Identity is having its major party on Monday evening at the ROE Night club upstairs lounge at 651 Howard starting at 9pm.

Strata is also this week – O’Reilly’s data conference. I spoke at their online conference in the summer on personal data running a good panel with a highly relevant introduction and well faciltiated panel on personal data that I helped pull together. I submitted several different proposals touching on different aspects of data and people and the technologies developing in the ecosystem. Apparently non-qualified but then O’Reilly and company are still trying to find women speakers who are qualified for their events (they talked about it at two events I facilitated/attended in January the Community Leadership Summit West and She’s Geeky in January).  I am honestly confused and didn’t submit any proposals to OSCON in part for this reason.

Then it is SXSW. I am flying out on Wednesday with my long time friend Axil who is getting of an airplane form Asia that day.  I will be there until Sunday. Saturday Mike Shwartz from Gluu is hosting what look to be good community connecting events.

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Personal Data Lightning Round

Date: Saturday March 10 from 1pm – 3pm

Lunch will be served at this informal lightning round. If you want to present your product, service or project in 5 minutes, stop by and drop your name in the hat. 12-15 lucky individuals, selected at random, will get the spotlight from 1:30 – 3:00. Topics must be personal data or identity related. If you go over 5 minutes you’ll be pelted by the audience with foam icosahedron stress balls.

Identity Biergarten

Date: Saturday March 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

German inspired malted beverages and other refreshments from local producers will be served at this informal identity and personal data networking event. Date: Saturday March 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Sunday I fly to London for the Gartner Identity and Access Management Conference where I will be keynoting Monday the 12th at the end of the day.  My talk is going to cover the Identity Spectrum and how Personal Data tools and services can reduce the toxic issues for companies storing personal data about people.

I fly to DC on the 13th and attend the 2nd day of the NIST-IDTrust conference on the 14th. Then the OASIS IDTrust Steering Committe has a face to face meeting on the 15th and I fly back to my home in the Bay Area.

On the 16th Friday I fly to Australia and land on the 18th Sunday in the morning. My cousin’s (my dad’s sister’s kids will pick me up and I am taking the family photos I have from our shared grandparents house down with me). I am speaking at Digital Identity World Australia on the 20th and working with Steve Wilson on an IIW like conference either on the 19th or 22nd. I am flying back on the 23rd to SFO (I so wish I could stay longer).

There is “tiger team day” just before the STL-Partners New Digital Economics event that should be a good event covering the emerging ecosystem.

Between now and then we will publish two more Personal Data Frontiers (we are thinking about changing the name to Journal) and I am working on a jointly published report with STL-Partners on the Personal Data Ecosystem Landscape.

Then…its April and the Nonprofit Technology Conference   a talk for Nuestar in a speakers series they have and I will be watching the European Identity & the Cloud Conference with interest.

IIW #14 is happening May 1-3 – early bird registration is Open.