RSA Dinner for the Identity Community

There are a few events on the yearly calendar where a corum of identity folks come together – RSA is one of them.

We are organizing an informal community Dinner on Tuesday evening at 7pm.

Everyone is WELCOME! just RSVP here on eventbrite. It will be no-host but not that expensive. We are looking at Indian places near the main hotel cluster for RSA.

The hosted Ping Party will follow at a location TBD.

If you were ever a part of or are interested in knowing more about the Identity Gang, OpenID, Information Cards, Higgins, Project VRM, PubSubHubbub, Salmon, XRD, LRDD, XRI, XDI, Volunteered Personal Information, UMA, Kantara, DiSo, Open Social, augmented browsing,  end user focused proctols for individual and community empowerment  this event is for you.

Identity Dinner Seattle – Tuesday 24th

For those of you following me on Twitter I have been on quite a road trip the last two weeks. It continues – today I am headed to Portland where I will be participating in Recent Changes Camp (a wiki unconfernece) and then I will be heading to Seattle for a few days.

While there I am organizing an Identity Dinner – this time not a pot luck and hopefully it will not be snowed in either.

It will be in Bellevue (we will figure out exactly where by Saturday) on Tuesday at 6:30 for drinks and dinner at 7 – this give Seattle proper folks a chance to get there in less difficult traffic.

Please RSVP on the evnetbrite site.

Dinners Next week in Boston and NYC

I am heading out to the east coast tomorrow. I thought while I was there it would be fun to have dinner with the Boston and NYC identity community folks.

We have set up an free EventBrite to just RSVP for the dinners.

Boston, Monday Feb 9th at Mifune in Arlington, drinks at 6:30 dinner at 7:00.

NYC, Thursday Feb 12th at Katz’s Deli – drinks at 6:30 dinner at 7:00

We will likely do a round of introductions – just so people know who each other and basically talk, network and have a good time. Lots is going on in the community so it will be good to share information amongst different efforts. I think that as travel budget’s shink taking advantage of when people are in different people are in town to connect.

I will also be in DC on Feb 17-18 and maybe could do a lunch or a breakfast on the 18th. Let me know.

Dinner for RSA Wed Apr 9th @ 7:30

We are organizing an Identity Commons community Dinner on April 9th beginning at 7:30 for drinks – dinner at 8:00. The location will be the same as last year Sauce at 131 Gough (a sort cab ride from Moscone). This is a great place – wonderful wine, good food at reasonable prices. We have the whole back room reserved (up to 40 people).

Please RSVP on the Identity Gang Wiki. If you can’t do that for some reason you can e-mail me kaliya *(At)

Brussels (feedback way late)

Apparently some of you had a terrible dinner experience in Brussels in April at the Identity Open Space. Well so did I.

It was one of the low points of identity community organizing involving logistics in a foreign city. I had an offer from a local in the (identity) community to help out with anything that I needed help with for the Identity Open Space. I asked him to help find a venue for our dinner. I trusted him to do this and it was not really a good choice. It was far away (although walking distance), the room was crowded, it was hot, we had a set menu, the food was not good and it was expensive. So I am sorry to all of you who endured it.

Lessons learned:
1) Don’t fully trust the local (get secondary confirmation from an additional person)
2) Tap more knowledgeable local sources – like hotel concierge to find venues for dinner.
3) Ask the co-coordinating organization for help too (that would have been Liberty Alliance in this case).

Sorry again to all of you who had a bad dinner experience. It was not my intention. I really wanted to be able to eat and talk together and discuss identity as a community. I know that my table had a good conversation so I hope that others did too.

Identity Gang Dinner at RSA

I am heading to RSA this year to cover the show for DIDW. Last year was my first dip into all out ‘security land.’ I was glad to hang out with Bob and Pam who helped me understand things there. It occurred to me that it might be fun to have an Identity Gang Dinner one night of the show. This will be both for folks on the list and those at RSA who might be interested in getting to know what we are up to.

Where is the video???? Colbert is vanished from webosphere

So one of the funniest and serious things to appear on the web this week was the AP Dinner where they ‘roast’ the president. This year Colbert was the roaster. The mainstream press basically ignored the roast but…it took off in the blogosphere. Now the video has been disappeared from youtube. I never did see the third part.