Super Trip Review from NSTIC to RSA

I’ve been on two super trips recently.  One went from before American Thanksgiving to early December. This last one was much of February beginning with NSTIC and ending with RSA. I wrote this in pen and paper last week and typed it up today.

One way I manage to get around is to piece together what could only be considered “super trips” – 18 days.

I actually started off at home on Feb 2nd helping Van Riper run the Community Leadership Summit West. Its an unconfernece for mostly technical  community leaders but also managers but was inclusive of other community based community leaders. I will have a blog post about it up on my site.

February 4th I headed to NSTIC’s 3rd plenary in Phoenix. I presented the results of the Holistic Picture Visualization Sub-Committee printing out the images we found online.  Bob Blakley and Brett McDowell did a good job shaping the agenda and inviting plenary participants to connect with the big vision of NSTIC of 10 years out.

  • All implementation actions are complete, and all required policies, processes, tools, and technologies are in place and continuing to evolve to support the Identity Ecosystem.
  • A majority of relying parties are choosing to be part of the Identity Ecosystem.
  • A majority of U.S. Internet users regularly engage in transactions verified through the Identity Ecosystem.
  • A majority of online transactions are happening within the Identity Ecosystem.
  • A sustainable market exists for Identity Ecosystem identity and attribute service providers.

While at the same time reminding on the way to getting a man on the Moon we got a Monkey into the Ionosphere – so what is our monkey in an Ionosphere – at the plenary groups were invited to articulate this:

  • Relying parties from multiple sectors are demonstrating identity and strong authentication credential interoperability
  • Is easier to use than the broken user account and password methods
  • Licensed professionals now have a common way to express credentials and ongoing certification.   No longer do licensed professionals need to scan, fax or otherwise send paper copies proving their qualifications every time another client seeks to retain their services.
  • allows citizens to securely establish a multi-purpose single identity that will significantly reduce, and eventually eliminate, the need to create and maintain multiple passwords and PINs.
  • Secure web accounts for use in circles of on line providers by 10 banks, 15 insurance companies and 25 hospitals.

February 7th I headed to Washington DC to work with my colleague at PDEC Steve Greenberg who is based there. We came up with some great new metaphors to explain for what is happening on the Personal Data Ecosystem.  You will have to come to one of our seminars if you wanna know ;)

I logged in to find a place nearby via AirBnB and had to go through KBA to do so (I had a choice I could have held up my drivers licence beside my face and turn on my camera too).  They also strongly encourage people to login with Facebook.  Your username is prominently displayed and well I didn’t get that in choosing Kaliya this was the case. I have to see if I can change this. I stayed with a great couple – they had just given up cable in exchange for Netflix and Hulu. We watched the first episode ever of Star Trek.

I took a BoltBus from Baltimore to NYC with 4h to get to JFK for my direct red-eye flight to Vienna. I was met by Rainer Hober at the airport. He and Markus Sabedello invited me to help them put on an unconfernece in the spirit of IIW – the name of it became the European Workshop for Trust and Identity.  Rainer did an amazing job of pulling it all together and Terrena folks were well represented along the 40 people. There were folks from at least 12 different countries.  You can see the notes here.

I was excited to learn new things and have new insights / clarity enough not so easy these days.  I will write a post about the insights from this particular session where I whiteboard some new understandings.

A key to super trips is to not make travel to stressful. So mid-day Wednesday I travelled to London. I went to my a friend’s flat and headed to the Innovation Wearhouse to touch base with Tony Fish & Prep for the first ever seminar. It went well – I covered more material then I planned for the day.

We had:

  • 2 Consultants
  • 1 guy from a Telco
  • 1 Investor
  • 1 University Student
  • 1 Business guy

Three knew Tony well, 1 had seen our diagrams circulating and looked us up.

The next day I had the day off in London and met with Jon Sharman and his daughter about the idea of an identity film festival of both short and long films.  We had the idea of creating an identity game with trump cards. I went to the Muji Store <3 Then I met up with Peter Stepman from WPSChallenger for a drink and some food while we wandered to a new part of London.

I headed to DC mid-day Sunday and stayed with a friend from the identity community. I met up with Greg who runs myUSA. They are looking at how people can use personal clouds to fill out government forms.  We talked about Identity standards and what is emerging in the industry. I encouraged him to head out to IIW.  It turns out we met about 10 years ago at an event that Susan Mernit put on.

I headed to NYC for our now postponed Seminar there. I got to meet up with Allison Fine who invited me to contribute to the Anthology Rebooting America. She is working on a new project on how us being networked is impacting collective generosity.

I took a break and saw Avenue Q off broadway. It was super fun – basically Sesame Street for adults.

I was reminded by a friend about Brene Brown’s work on whole hearted living. The only difference between those who experience whole hearted is that they believe they are worthy of love and belonging. I totally recommend all 3 of her TED talks and this other one.

The East Coast part of trip ended with my meeting up with a guy who pinged me from the internet because my blog is referenced in  the wikipedia Social Login article (with a rare direct link pointing to my identity spectrum post). It turns out the company has a product in the personal data space. I headed to Seattle and spent the morning with my colleague Bill Aal.



Recent Travels Pt1: IIW

IIW is always a whirlwind and this one was no exception. The good thing was that even with it being the biggest one yet it was the most organized with the most team members.  Phil and I were the executive producers. Doc played is leadership role.  Heidi did an amazing job with production coordinating the catering, working with the museum and Kas did a fabulous job leading the notes collection effort and Emma who works of site got things up on the wiki in good order.

We had a session that highlighted all the different standards bodies standards and we are now working on getting the list annotated and plan to maintain it on the Identity Commons wiki that Jamie Clark so aptly called “the switzerland” of identity.











We have a Satellite event for sure in DC January 17th – Registration is Live.

We are working on pulling one together in Toronto Canada in

early February, and Australia in Late March.

ID Collaboration Day is February 27th in SF (we are still Venue hunting).

I am learning that some wonder why I have such strong opinions about standards…the reason being they define the landscape of possibility for any given protocol. When we talk about standards for identity we end up defining how people can express themselves in digital networks and getting it right and making the range of possibility very broad is kinda important.  If you are interested in reading more about this I recommend Protocol:  and The Exploit. This quote from Bruce Sterling relative to emerging AR [Augmented Reality] Standards.

If Code is Law then Standards are like the Senate.













Alignment of Stakeholders around the many NSTIC Goals


The Many Goals for the Identity Ecosystem & NSTIC Governance

The NSTIC governance NOI articulates many key activities, qualities and goals for a governance system for NSTIC. NSTIC must:

  • convene a wide variety of stakeholders to facilitate consensus
  • administer the process for policy and standards
  • development for the Identity Ecosystem Framework in accordance with the Strategy’s Guiding Principles
  • maintain the rules of participating in the Identity Ecosystem
  • be private sector-led
  • be persistent and sustainable
  • foster the evolution of the Identity Ecosystem to match the evolution of cyberspace itself.

Achieving these goals will require high-performance collaboration amongst the steering group and all self-identified stakeholder groups. It will also require earning the legitimacy from the public at large and using methods that surface their experience of the Identity Ecosystem Framework as it evolves.

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Proactive Development of Shared Language by NSTIC Stakeholders

This is the “punchline section” (in my response it is after what is below…the history of collaboration in the identity community):

Proactive Development of Shared Language by NSTIC Stakeholders

In 2004-5 the Identity Gang (user-centric identity community) was 1/10 the size of the current NSTIC stakeholder community.  It took us a year of active grassroots effort to develop enough common language and shared understanding to collaborate. NSTIC doesn’t have 5-10 years to coalesce a community that can collaborate to build the Identity Ecosystem Framework. To succeed, the National Program Office must use processes to bring value and insight while also developing  shared language and understanding amongst stakeholders participating.

Fostering conditions for high-performance collaboration

amongst the community to emerge must be a top priority for the NPO. One way to do this is to use methods that grow shared language and understanding such as Value Network Mapping and Polarity Mapping (more on them in forthcoming posts). The NPO with just a few staff could host many small focused convenings with stakeholders locally around the country and at industry events throughout the fall. With small collaborative meetings, and proactive support of network weaving [defined by Bill Traynor summarized by Eugene on his wiki] across stakeholder groups, I believe the community of NSTIC stakeholders would be in place just like the IIW community was at the first IIW. NSTIC must support self-organizing to create a thriving ecosystem through  shared language, understanding amongst NSTIC stakeholders by January.


Origins of Shared Language for Identity Collaboration

In the Beginning…

We (the Internet Identity Workshop / user-centric identity community) have been successful over the last 6 years in part because the format of many organic opportunities has shared language to emerge leading to greater and greater collaboration. The community began when some of us found each other at Digital Identity World conferences. There were only a few very user-centric focused people and we stood out amongst the enterprise oriented attendees. We liked each other and wanted to collaborate, so we started a mailing list together. Doc Searls asked a few people to be on Steve Gillmor’s Gillmor Gang December 31, 2004 and thus the “Identity Gang” was born.

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Ecosystems Collaborate using Shared Language – NSTIC

Collaboration is a huge theme in NSTIC. Below is the initial approach to collaboration in the  document:

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace charts a course for the public and private sectors to collaborate to raise the level of trust associated with the identities of individuals, organizations, networks, services, and devices involved in online transactions.

Collaboration, as defined by Eugene Kim, a collaboration expert and the first Chief Steward of Identity Commons, occurs when groups of two or more people interact and exchange knowledge in pursuit of a shared, collective, bounded goal

To achieve the challenging goals set out in NSTIC, such as raising trust levels around identities, high performance collaboration is required. Both shared language and shared understanding are prerequisites for high-performance collaboration.

This is a powerful excerpt from Eugene Kim’s blog about two experiences from technical community participants (including Drummond Reed from the user-centric identity community) that paints a clear picture of the importance of time for, and the proactive cultivation of, shared language:

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