Starting on the OASIS IDtrust member steering committee

I started a new “job” last week, serving on the OASIS Identity and Trusted Infrastructure (IDtrust) Member Section, member steering committee.  I was elected to a 2 year term on this 5 member board.  This was my candidate statement and remains as my profile. On my first call as a member of the committee I was part of approving 8K of money including sponsoring the upcoming Interent Identity Workshop.

I shared with my fellow board members

in my introductory call that I was keen to link this work with other work that is related and ongoing at other standards efforts like the W3C where I have been participating in the Federated Social Web work.  There is also independent efforts like OpenID and OAuth happening within IETF.  One of our next tasks at Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium is to outline the core standards relevant to personal data.  We are not going to invent anything new – rather help what is be found and adopted and adapted.

Why Does participation in an International Standards body matter?

If “code is law,” then standards are like the Senate.  - Bruce Sterling, commenting on the April 2011 Augmented Reality Standards gathering

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Google+ and my “real” name: Yes, I’m Identity Woman

When Google+ launched, I went with my handle as my last name.  This makes a ton of sense to me. If you asked most people what my last name is, they wouldn’t know. It isn’t “common” for me.  Many people don’t even seem to know my first name. I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself talking with folks at conferences this past year and seeing ZERO lighbulbs going off when I say my name “Kaliya”, but when I say I have the handle or blog “Identity Woman” they are like “Oh wow! You’re Identity Woman… cool!” with a tone of recognition – because they know my work by that name.

One theory I have about why this works is because it is not obvious how you pronounce my name when you read it.  And conversely, it isn’t obvious how you write my name when you hear it.  So the handle that is a bit longer but everyone can say spell “Identity Woman” really serves me well professionally.  It isn’t like some “easy to say and spell” google guy name like Chris Messina or Joseph Smarr or Eric Sachs or Andrew Nash. I don’t have the privilege of a name like that so I have this way around it.

So today…I get this

I have “violated” community standards when using a name I choose to express my identity – an identity that is known by almost all who meet me. I, until last October, had a business card for 5 years that just had Identity Woman across the top.

Display Name – To help fight spam and prevent fake profiles, use the name your friends, family, or co-workers usually call you. For example, if your full legal name is Charles Jones Jr. but you normally use Chuck Jones or Junior Jones, either of these would be acceptable. Learn more about your name and Google Profiles.

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Trust is at all time low in they West….why leading with “trust frameworks” might not work

The ID Coach has this quote at the top of her current blog post:

…trust indices in the Western world are at an all time low. We don’t trust our lawyers, or accountants — they shred lots of documents. Many believe that bankers recently brought the world economic system to its knees in the crisis of 2008 and subsequent recession. Most people aren’t too enamored of politicians, either.

It is from the current issue of the Harvard Business Review in an article about trust.

It makes another very clear point about why leading with the word “trust” to describe “trust frameowrks” when the institutions touting them are the very ones that people have skepticism about (lawyers, accountants, bankers) as a good way to solve all our problems online by having people prove who they are.

People don’t want to accept “trust” blindly form these institutions they want to understand how it works and then decide if they do trust it or not.  Asking questions about accountability seems much easier to be concrete about the actual mechanics that then may are may not be trustworthy.

Accountability Framework – renaming “Trust Frameworks”

I challenged the choice of the phrase “trust frameworks” to describe policy/technology frameworks that have the goal of creating networks of interoperability in the question and answer part of the NSTIC governance workshop.  Jeremy Grant challenged me to think of a better name for  “trust frameworks” and I think I found it…

Accountability Frameworks

So far everyone I have shared this with likes this new potential name.

* It is 2 words.

* It captures the heart of the intention behind their purpose – Accountability

* Accountability is achieved in these frameworks via both technology standards and policies that are adopted and audible.

* Trust remains an emergent property of these accountability frameworks.

* There can be real conversations by various stakeholders who may have different needs and interests about the nature of the accountability in different frameworks. They can look to see weather particular accountability frameworks are trustworthy from a particular point of view.

* It avoids the problem of talking about the “trustability of trust frameworks”.

Trust Talk

So I am here at yet another conference – the ever wonderful National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation. I just had to post this as soon as I saw it in the swag bag – TrustTalk (tm) - everybody’s talkin’ about it…

  • Trust in the works place
  • But what is it?
  • Which one of the hundreds of models of trust do you want to adopt?
  • How do you help a team talk about trust and collaboration without it turning into therapy? Or so squishy that no one knows what it means?
  • We’ve done the research for you!

So if you want I can bring this nifty little deck to our next Identity Gang meeting and we can see what it might add to our thinking about trust…catch is that the deck of cards cost $75. I am up for it if others thing it might be worth a shot.

I also find that my entire lens – frame of looking at everything is impacted by ‘identity’ and the work of our community in addressing it on the web. I don’t know if I will ever look at the world the same again.

Back to NCDD… I heard rave reviews about there first conference 4 years ago. I went to there second one 2 years ago and now I am here at number three and liking it so far. This year I am presenting on Social Media Tools: How They Fit Together Supporting Community & Conversation. At the very end I might mention why SSO would be cool but this is more about how it can help fit all those tools together.

And for those of you who are tracking these things this will be the fourth one in the last seven days (OSCON, BlogHer, Advocacy Developer 3 and now the National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation) [and for those of you concerned about this trend I am not going anywhere beyond they Bay Area until the 16th then I am on vacation for a week at a ‘leadership workshop at a heavenly retreat center’ then it back to FooCamp and off to Burning Man]