Quotes from Amelia on Systems relevant to Identity.

This is coverage of at WSJ interview with Amelia Andersdotter the former European Parliament member from the Pirate Party from Sweden. Some quote stuck out for me as being relevant

If we also believe that freedom and individualism, empowerment and democratic rights, are valuable, then we should not be constructing and exploiting systems of control where individual disempowerment are prerequisites for the system to be legal.

We can say that most of the legislation around Internet users protect systems from individuals. I believe that individuals should be protected from the system. Individual empowerment means the individual is able to deal with a system, use a system, work with a system, innovate on a system—for whatever purpose, social or economic. Right now we have a lot of legislation that hinders such [empowerment]. And that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have anarchy in the sense that you have no laws or that anyone can do whatever they want at anytime. It’s more a question of ensuring that the capabilities you are deterring are actually the capabilities that are most useful to deter. [emphasis mine].

This statement is key  “individuals should be protected from the system” How do we create accountability from systems to people and not just the other way around. I continue to raise this issue about so called trust frameworks that are proposed as the solution to interoperable digital identity – there are many concerning aspects to the solutions including what seems to be very low levels of accountability of systems to people.

The quotes from Ameila continued…

I think the Internet and Internet policy are very good tools for bringing power closer to people, decentralizing and ensuring that we have distributive power and distributive solutions. This needs to be built into the technical, as well as the political framework. It is a real challenge for the European Union to win back the confidence of European voters because I think a lot of people are increasingly concerned that they don’t have power or influence over tools and situations that arise in their day-to-day lives.

The European Union needs to be more user-centric. It must provide more control [directly] to users. If the European Union decides that intermediaries could not develop technologies specifically to disempower end users, we could have a major shift in global political and technical culture, not only in Europe but worldwide, that would benefit everyone.

Faith and the IDESG

Since becoming involved in the IDESG, I have become concerned that we do not have people of religious faith – with that as their primary “identity” within the context of participating in the organization. Let me be clear about what I mean, we have many people of many faiths involved and I am not disrespecting their involvement. We also don’t have people who’s day job is working for faith institutions (that they would take time out from to “volunteer” on this effort to explicitly bring in a faith perspective). Someone from say the National Council of Churches would not be a bad thing to have given that one of groups of people who today have consistently sue against “identity systems” are Christians objecting to ID systems put into public schools to track children students. With this proactive faith stance involved the systems we are seeking to innovate reduces the risk of rejection via law suite. I also think the views of those from Jewish, Muslim Sikh, Budhist, Hindu and other faiths should be proactively sought out.

Another Tweet from the Tampa meeting….

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We must understand the past to not repeat it.

Please see the prior post and the post before about how we got to discussing this.

We can not forget that the Holocaust was enabled by the IBM corporation and its Hollerith machine.  How did this happen? What were these systems? How did they work? and particularly how did the private sector corporation IBM end up working a democratically elected government to do very horrible things to vast portions of its citizenry? These are questions we can not ignore.

In 2006 Stefan Brands gave a talk that made a huge impression on me he warned us and audience of very well meaning technologists that we had to be very careful because we could incrementally create a system that could lead to enabling a police state. It was shocking at the time but after a while the point he was making sunk in and stuck with me. He shared this quote (this slide is from a presentation he gave around the same time)

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It is the likability that is the challenge.

We have to have the right and freedom NOT to be required to use our “real name” and birthdate for everything.

This is the defacto linkable identifier that the government is trying to push out over everything so they can link everything they do together.

Stephan proposes another Fair Information Principle.

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I will share more of Stephan’s slides because I think they are prescient for today.

Stephan’s slides talk about User-Centrism technology and ideas in digital identity – ideas that have virtually no space or “air time” in the NSTIC discussions because everything has been broken down (and I believe intentionally so) into “security” “standards” “privacy” “trust frameworks” silos that divide up the topic/subject in ways that inhibit really tackling user-centrism or how to build a working system that lives up to the IDEALS that were outlined in the NSTIC document.

I have tried and tried and tried again to speak up in the year and a half before the IDESG and the 2 years since its existence to make space for considering how we actually live up to ideals in the document.  Instead we are stuck in a looping process of non-consensus process (if we had consensus I wouldn’t be UN-consensusing on the issues I continue to raise).  The IDESG are not taking user-centrism seriously, we are not looking at how people are really going to have their rights protected – how people will use and experience these large enterprise federations.

Yes everyone that is what we are really talking about…Trust Framework is just a code word for Enterprise Federation.

I went to the TSCP conference a big defence/aerospace federation (who was given NSTIC grants to work on Trust Framework Development Guidance) where this lovely lady Iana from Deloitte who worked on the early versions of NSTIC and potential governance outlines for IDESG – she said very very clearly “Trust Frameworks ARE Enterprise Federations” and it was like – ahhh a breath of fresh clear honest air – talking about what we are really talking about.

So back to the Stephan Brands re-fresher slides on user-centric ID so we don’t forget what it is.

 

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Look at these, take them seriously.

 

Dear IDESG, I’m sorry. I didn’t call you Nazi’s.

The complaint  by Mr. Ian Glazer was that I called my fellow IDESG colleagues Nazi’s. He was unsatisfied with my original statement about the tweet on our public management council mailing list.  Some how this led to the Ombudsman taking on the issue and after I spoke with him in Tampa it was followed by a drawn out 5 week “investigation” by the Ombudsman before he issued a recommendation.  During this time I experienced intensive trolling about the matter on twitter itself.

Here is the tweet that I authored while pondering theories of organizational dynamics in Tampa and without any intent to cause an association in the mind of a reader with IDESG, NSTIC, nor any person or persons in particular note that I did not reference anyone with a @____ or add any signifying hashtags e.g., #idesg or #nstic in this tweeted comment.

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I own that the tweet was provocative but it was It was not my intent to cause harm to anybody or to the IDESG organization and wider identity community.

I in no way intended to imply that any member of the IDESG has any intention remotely similar to those of the NAZI party of Germany.

I in no way intended to imply that the content of the meeting of the IDESG related to the content of the meeting I referenced in the tweet.

I am very sorry if the tweet had an emotionally negative impact on people on the management council and particularly those of with Jewish Heritage.

I fully acknowledge that referencing anything relative to the Nazi era is triggering. It touches on our collective shame and surfaces vulnerability it is very hard to look at.

I also believe that we have to actually be prepared to do so. If we don’t examine the past we can’t be sure we will not repeat it. [Please click to see my my next post for this to be further expounded upon]

I’m sorry I didn’t say something along these lines sooner.

One should not feed the internet trolls and I didn’t.

I was in a process were I felt it was inappropriate to speak about this more until the Ombudsman’s process had run its course.

I think that we all need to keep in mind our roles as Directors of the IDESG when we interact with the public and with each other.

The whole process left my and my attorney puzzled. My attorney wrote a letter to the Management Council/Board of Directors with a whole bunch of questions and now that this is posted we look forward to their answers to those questions.

 

 

 

Facebook so called “real names” and Drag Queens

So, Just when we thought the Nym Wars were over at least with Google / Google+.

Here is my post about those ending including a link to an annotated version of all the posts I wrote about my personal experience of it all unfolding.

Facebook decided to pick on the Drag Queens – and a famous group of them the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  Back then I called for the people with persona’s to unite and work together to resist what Google was doing. It seems like now that Facebook has taken on the Drag Queens a real version of what I called at the time the Million Persona March will happen.

One of those affected created this graphic and posted it on Facebook by Sister Sparkle Plenty:

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Facebook meets with LGBT Community Over Real Name Policy  on Sophos’ Naked Security blog.

EFF covers it with Facebook’s Real Name Policy Can Cause Real World Harm in LGBT Community.

Change.org has a petition going. Facebook Allow Performers to Use Their Stage Names on their Facebook Accounts.

 

 

 

 

We “won” the NymWars? did we?

Mid-July,  friend called me up out of the blue and said “we won!”

“We won what” I asked.

“Google just officially changed its policy on Real Names”

He said I had  to write a post about it. I agreed but also felt disheartened.
We won but we didn’t it took 3 years before they changed.

They also created a climate online where it was OK and legitimate for service providers to insist on real names.

For those of you not tracking the story – I along with many thousands of people had our Google+ accounts suspended – this posts is an annotated version of all of those.

This was the Google Announcement:

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I’ve co-founded a company! The Leola Group

Thursday evening following Internet Identity Workshop #18 in May I co-Founded and became Co-CEO of the Leola Group with my partner William Dyson.

So how did this all happen? Through a series of interesting coincidences in the 10 days (yes just 10 days) William got XDI to work for building working consumer facing applications. He showed the music meta-data application on Thursday evening and wowed many with the working name Nymble registry.  The XDI [eXtneible Resource Identifier Data Interchange] standard has been under development at OASIS for over 10 years. Getting it to actually work and having the opportunity to begin to build applications that really put people at the center of their own data lives is a big step forward both for the Leola Group and the  Personal Data community at large.

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Resources for HopeX Talk.

I accepted an invitation from Aestetix to present with him at HopeX (10).

It was a follow-on talk to his Hope 9 presentation that was on #nymwars.

He is on the volunteer staff of the HopeX conference and was on the press team that helped handle all the press that came for the Ellsberg – Snowden conversation that happened mid-day Saturday.  It was amazing and it went over an hour – so our talk that was already at 11pm (yes) was scheduled to start at midnight.

Here are the slides for it – I modified them enough that they make sense if you just read them.  My hope is that we explain NSTIC, how it works and the opportunity to get involved to actively shape the protocols and policies maintained.

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Rosie the [New Language] Developer – Where are you?

This past week we [me, Phil, Heidi + Doc] put on the Internet Identity Workshop. It was amazing.

There is a new project / company forming and they are very keen to have women programmers/developers in the first wave of hires.  They are also committed to cultural diversity.

Since they are developing in a new language – you don’t need to have experience in “it” – you just need to have talent and the ability to learn new things.

I asked them for a list of potentially helpful per-requisites:

  • Some experience with ruby on rails
  • Some experience with JSON
  • Some experience with XML
  • Some experience with HTML5
  • Some experience with semantic data modeling
  • Some understanding of the ideas related to the semantic web and giant global graphs

If you are reading the list and thinking – I don’t have “all” of those qualifications…then read this before you decide not to reach out to learn more – The Confidence Gap from this month’s Atlantic.  TL:DR “Remember that women only apply if they have 100% of the jobs qualifications, but men apply with 60%!”

Please be in touch with me if you are interested. I will connect you with them this week.

Kaliya [at] identitywoman [dot] net

 

 

 

 

BC Government Innovation in eID + Citizen Engagement.

I wrote an article for Re:ID about the BC Government’s Citizen Engagement process that they did for their eID system.

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BC’S CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT:A MODEL FOR FUTURE PROGRAMS 

Because of my decade long advocacy for the rights and dignity of our digital selves, I have become widely known as “Identity Woman.” The Government of British Columbia invited me to participate as an industry specialist/expert in its citizen consultation regarding the province’s Services Card. I want to share the story of BC’s unique approach, as I hope that more jurisdictions and the effort I am most involved with of late, the U.S. government’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, will choose to follow it.

The Canadian Province of British Columbia engaged the public about key issues and questions the BC Services Card raised. The well-designed process included a panel of randomly selected citizens. They met face- to-face, first to learn about the program, then to deliberate key issues and finally make implementation recommendations to government.

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NSTIC WhipLash – Making Meaning – is a community thing.

Over a week-ago I tweeted that I had experienced NSTIC whiplash yet again and wasn’t sure how to deal with it. I have been known to speak my mind and get some folks really upset for doing so – Given that I know the social media savy NSTIC NPO reads all tweets related to their program they know I said this. They also didn’t reach out to ask what I might be experiencing whiplash about.

First of all since I am big on getting some shared understanding up front – what do I mean by “whiplash” it is that feeling like your going along … you think you know the lay of the land the car is moving along and all of a sudden out of nowhere – a new thing “appears” on the path and you have to slam on the breaks and go huh! what was that? and in the process your head whips forward and back giving you “whip-lash” from the sudden stop/double-take.

I was toddling through and found this post.  What does it Mean to Embrace the NSTIC Guiding Principles?

I’m like ok – what does it mean? and who decided? how?

I read through it and it turns out that in September the NPO just decided it would decide/define the meaning and then write it all out and then suggest in this odd way it so often does that “the committees” just go with their ideas.

“We believe that the respective committees should review these derived requirements for appropriate coverage of the identity ecosystem.   We look forward to continued progress toward the Identity Ecosystem Framework and its associated trustmark scheme.”

Why does the NPO continue to “do the work” that the multi-stakeholder institution they set up was created to do that is to actually figure out the “meaning” of the document.

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I’m not your NSTIC “delegate” any more … pls get involved.

I have heard over the past few years from  friends and associates in the user-centric ID / Personal Cloud/ VRM Communities or those people who care about the future of people’s identities online say to me literally – “Well its good  you are paying attention to NSTIC so I don’t have to.”

I’m writing to say the time for that choice is over. There is about 1 more year left in the process until the “outputs” become government policy under the recently released White House Cyber Security Framework (See below for the specifics).

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What is a Functional Model?

I have been working in the identity industry for over 10 years. It was not until the IDESG – NSTIC plenary that some folks said they were working on a functional model that I heard the term.  I as per is normal for me pipped up and asked “what is a functional model”, people looked at me, looked back at the room and just kept going, ignoring my question.  I have continued to ask it and on one has answered it.

I will state it out loud here again –

What is a Functional Model?

How to Participate in NSTIC, IDESG – A step by step guide.

The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group is a multi-stakeholder organization (See this post about how join.) Technically You can participate on lists even if you are not members but it is better that you go through the process of joining to be “officially” part of  the organization.

If you join the IDESG it is good to actively participate in at least one active committee because that is where organization work is done by committees – any person or organization from any stakeholder category can participate.

The committees have mailing lists – that you subscribe to (below click through where it says Join Mailing list and put in the e-mail address you want to use, share your name and also a password).

On the list the group chats together on the list and talk about the different work items they are focused on.  They have conference calls as well to talk together (these range from once a week to once a month).  You can also contact the chair of the committee and “officially” join but that is not required.

If you are reading this and getting involved for the first time – read through this list and pick one of the committees that sound interesting to you.  They are friendly folks and should be able to help you get up to speed – ask questions and ask for help. This whole process is meant to be open and inclusive.

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How to Join NSTIC, IDESG – A step by step guide.

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace calls for the development of a private sector lead effort to articulate an identity ecosystem.

To be successful it needs participation from a range of groups.

An organization was formed to support this – the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group in alignment with the Obama administration’s open government efforts.

The “joining” process is not EASY but I guess that is part of its charm. It is totally “open and free” but challenging to actually do.

 

PART 1 – Getting an Account on the Website!

Step 1: Go to the website: http://www.idecosystem.org

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Personal Clouds, Digital Enlightenment, Identity North

Next week Thursday August 22nd is the Personal Cloud Meetup in San Francisco. It will be hosted at MSFT.  If you want to get connected to the community it is a great way to do so. Here is where you register. 

In September I’m heading to Europe for the Digital Enlightenment Forum September 18-20th. I’m excited about the program and encourage those of you in Europe who might be reading this to consider attending. We are doing a 1/2 day of Open Space (what we do at IIW) where the agenda is created live at the event.

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Core Concepts in Identity

One of the reasons that digital identity can be such a challenging topic to address is that we all swim in the sea of identity every day.  We don’t think about what is really going in the transactions….and many different aspects of a transaction can all seem do be one thing.  The early Identity Gang conversations focused a lot on figuring out what some core words meant and developed first shared understanding and then shared language to talk about these concepts in the community.

I’m writing this post now for a few reasons.

There is finally a conversation about taxonomy with the IDESG – (Yes! after over a year of being in existence it is finally happening (I recommended in my NSTIC NOI Response  that it be one of the first things focused on)

Secondly I have been giving a 1/2 day and 1 day seminar about identity and personal data for several years now (You can hire me!).  Recently I gave this seminar in New Zealand to top enterprise and government leaders working on identity projects 3 times in one week.  We covered:

  • The Persona and Context in Life
  • The Spectrum of Identity
  • What is Trust?
  • A Field Guide to Internet Trust
  • What is Personal Data
  • Market Models for Personal Data
  • Government Initiatives Globally in eID & Personal Data

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Meta-Governance

This spring I attended the Executive Education program Leadership and Public Policy in the 21st century at the Harvard Kennedy school of government with fellow Young Global Leaders (part of the World Economic Forum).  A line of future inquiry that came to me by the end of that two weeks –

How do we design, create, get functioning and evolve governance systems?

The governance of governance systems = Meta-Goverancne. 

At the Kennedy program all they could talk about was “individual leadership” (with good advice from good teams of course) at the top of  Organizations.  They all waved their hands and said “Good luck young leaders, We know its more complicated now…and the problems are bigger then just organizational size but we don’t really know how what to tell you about how to interorgainzational collaborative problem solving and innovations…so “good luck”.

It was surreal because this inter-organizational, complex space is where I spend my work life helping design and facilitate unconferneces – it is in that complex inter organizational place.

I have this clear vision about how to bring my two main career bodies of knowledge together (digital identity + digital systems & design and facilitation of unconferneces using a range of participatory methods) along with a range of other fields/disciplines that I have tracked in the last 10 years.

Value Network Mapping an Ecosystem Tool

My response, two years ago to the NSTIC (National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace) Program Office issued Notice of Inquiry about how to govern an Identity Ecosystem included a couple of models that could be used to help a community of companies & organizations in an ecosystem co-create a shared picture. A shared co-created picture is an important community asset to develop early on because it becomes the basis for a real conversation about critical issues that need to be addressed to have a successful governance emerge.

The Privacy Committee within NSTIC has a Proactive Privacy Sub-Committee and before I went on my trip around the world (literally) a month ago.  I was on one of the calls and described Value Network Mapping and was invited to share more about the model/method and how it might be used.

Value Network Maps are a tool that can help us because both the creation of the map and its subsequent use by the companies, organizations, people and governments that are participating strengthens the network.   This is important because we are dealing with a complex problem with a complex range of players. In the map below we are in the top left quadrant – we NEED strong networks to solve the problems we are tasked with solving.  If we don’t have them we will end up with Chaos OR we will have a hierarchical solution imposed to drive things towards the complicated and simple but …given the inherent nature of the problem we will NOT fully solve the problem and fall off the “cliff” on the edge between simplicity and into chaos.

(In this diagram based on the cynefin framework developed by David Snowden architect of children’s birthday parties using complexity theory and the success of Apolo 13 )

 

So – what is a Value Network Map?

It models technical & business networks by figuring the roles in any given system and then understanding the value that flow between different roles.  Value flows include payment for the delivery of goods or services (these are tangible deliverables) but also intangible deliverables such as increased level of confidence because information was shared between parties (but was not contractually obligated and no payment was made).

Drawing from Verna’s book/site that lays out how to do it. There are four steps to a value network map.

1. Define the scope and boundaries, context, and purpose.

2. Determine the roles and participants, and who needs to be involved in the mapping.

3. Identify the transactions and deliverables, defining both tangibles and intangibles.

4. Validate it is complete by sequencing the transactions.

 

I’ve worked on several value network mapping projects.
I worked with the Journalism that Matters to document he old and new journalism ecosystem.I have lead several community Value Network Mapping efforts.

This projects highlights how the method can be used to talk about a present/past state about how things happen “now”. How do people today or 20 years ago share verified attributes with business and government entities one does business with?  If we understand the roles that exist in a paper based version/world How do those roles change in a future enable with technology and how do the value flows change and what new roles are created/needed?

A value networm map can be used to map the flow of rights and duties between different roles in an ecosystem can also be considered along with the flow of monetary and other value.

Two years ago I went with Verna Allee (the innovator of the method) to  the Cloud Identity Summit  to work on a map for my organization the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium focused on the “present state” map to explain what currently happens when someone visits a website and clicks on an add to go buy something and then is asked to provide identity attributes.

We took this FCC submitted map that has the individual at the center and data flows to the businesses, government and organizations they do business with and is sold on to Data Brokers and then Data Users buy it to inform how they deal with the individual all without their awareness or consent.

 

PersonalData-VNA-NowMapWe added in a wrinkle to this flow and asked what happens when an individual has to prove something (an attribute) about themselves to make a purchase.

Our hope was to do this and then work on a future state map with a Personal Cloud provider playing  a key role  to enable new value flow’s that empower the  Individual with their data and enabling similar transactions.

This is best viewed in PDF so if you click on the link to the document it will download.

Creating this map was an interactive process involving involved two dozen industry professionals that we met with in small groups.  It involved using large chart paper paper and post-it notes and lines on the map.   We came into the process with some of the roles articulated, some new roles were added as we began mapping with the community.

An example to give you a sense of what it looks like when you do it in real life is this map that shows how trust frameworks & the government’s reduction of risk in the credit card system.

This was a small piece of the original map for the Personal Data Ecosystem (it did not end up getting included in the PDF version).  The roles are the orange flowers and the green arrows are tangible value flows and the blue arrows are intangible value flows.

So how could the Proactive Privacy Sub-Committee use this method?

At an IIW11 one of the practitioners of value network mapping came to share the method and we broke up into smal groups to map different little parts of an identity ecosystem. We had a template like this picking four different roles and then beginning to map.

The exercise is written about here on Verna’s website.

Scott David was a community member there and really saw how it was a tool to understand what was happening in systems AND to have a conversation about the flow of rights and responsibilities flow.

The method is best done face to face in small groups.  It helps if the groups are diverse representing a range of different perspectives.  A starting point is a use-case a story that can be mapped – what are the roles in that story and then walking through the different transactions.

So how do we “do” it. Well a starting point is for those interested in helping lead it to identify themselves in the context of the pro-active privacy committee.  We should work together  to figure out how we lead the community using this process to figure out the privacy implications and see where the money flows for different proposed solutions.

We can try to do a session at the upcoming July or October plenary.

We could also organize to do some meetings at:

  • conferences in the next few months were we can identify 5-10 interested IDESG members to participate in mapping an ecosystem chunk for an hour or two.
  • in cities around the country where we identify 5-10 folks who want to spend an hour or two mapping an ecosystem chunk.

It would be great if we decide to do this that the Secretariat lead by Kay in her role as Executive Director of the IDESG can support us in organizing this (That is why we are paying htem 2.5 million buck s to help us  do the work of  organizing in a meaningful way.

I am friends with Verna Allee and can ask her for advice on this however I think the kind of help/advice we need to really use this method and do it WELL would behove us to actually use NSTIC IDESG moneys to hire Verna to engage with us in a serious way. When I wrote my NSTIC NOI I did so thinking that their would finally be monies available to pay people to do community conference building work like this.  Perhaps it is not to late to do so.

 

 

She’s Geeky Seattle: April 26-27

She’s Geeky is coming to Seattle in April 26-27.

She’s Geeky Logo

I will be heading up to facilitate and am very excited to finally have this event coming to the North West.

She’s Geeky is a kind of magical event where women geeks of all kinds, gaming geeks, linux geeks, fandom geeks, crafting geeks, beekeeping geeks, drupal geeks, raspberry pi geeks, Arduino geeks, geeks in training, come together and hang out learning from each other.

Maybe we can even get some women from my native Vancouver to come down. :)

Online Community Unconfernece “Its BACK!”

I am really excited to be working with a super awesome crew of leaders of the Online Community Manager Tribe – or OCTribe.  We have been considering reviving the event and the pieces have finally come together to do it.

May 21st at the Computer History Museum

Registration is Open!

I really love the other co-organizers who are all rockstar community managers.

The conference was originally produced by Forum One and I contracted with them to help design and facilitate. That event itself grew out of an invitational summit they hosted annually on online communities.  I actually attended one of these in 2004 as a replacement for Owen Davis who I worked for at the time at Identity Commons (1).

My firm Unconference.net is doing the production and facilitation for the event.

I plan to bring forward topics of digital identity forward at the event and hopefully get some of the amazing expertise on identity and reputation to participate in NSTIC.