IIW is NOT an advocacy group – sigh “the media”

Facebook’s Online Identity War quotes me and labels IIW an advocacy group. IT IS AN INDUSTRY FORUM. Douglas MacMillan.

Sorry but I am still learning “how” to talk to reporters. They don’t like to quote me as “the identity woman” and link to my blog.

I “do” run the Identity Workshop with Phil and Doc but that doesn’t make it an “advocacy group”

Identity Commons & IIW have a purpose and principles believing in user/centric identity. The power of individuals to manage and control their own identities online. We don’t “advocate” for them – we create a convening space for people who want to work on this ideal.

Facebook does on some level “agree” with the idea of user-centric identity – Luke Shepard has participated in the community for quite a while & they hired David Recordon. They sponsor IIW.

I am clear that the opening up of previously controlled information with no warning “jives” with my understanding of user-centric control. It was more from my own point of view I was commenting. That is with my “identity woman” hat on… and the values I carry from Planetwork and the ASN… but the press hates that. Uggg. Chris Messina gets to be an “open web advocate”… that is what I do to but just about identity “open Identity advocate” (mmm…) but then that sounds like “just” OpenID and it isn’t just about that one particular protocol. sigh.

I am still wondering – How does one “belong” and have “titles” in a way the media can GROK when one does not have a formal position in a formal organization.

sigh – identity issues.

Pushing and Pulling with XDI

So there has been this whole fullry of activity on the list about pull vs. push. Guess what – XDI can do both. …oooo… I found this quote while pulling apart ancient identity commons presentations for the 2.0 version that I am presenting next week at the W3C workshop.

Today on the internet html links are essentially one-way “strings” that connect the two documents, allowing the linked document to be “pulled” down into a browser.

Links using XDI change this one way static dynamic by creating a two-way “data-pipe” through which data can actively flow in either direction (“push” or “pull”). This flow can be controlled automatically by “valves” on either end called XDI link contracts.

Like real-world contracts, link contracts are flexible enough to address virtually any aspect of data authority and control. They can govern:

Authority: Who controls the data being shared via the contract?
Authentication: How will each party prove its identity to the other?
Authorization: Who has what access rights and privileges to the data?
Privacy and usage control: What uses can be made of the data and by whom?
Synchronization: How and when will the subscriber receive updates to the data?
Termination: What happens when the data sharing relationship is ended?
Recourse: How will any disputes over the data sharing agreement be resolved?

Last week – Identity Talks reach 60 folks :)

I had the opportunity to share about identity twice this week. We had an 2 hour + session at the OpenCMS Summit and then at MooseCamp. There is a lot going on in the community and a bunch of resources. Folks who have not heard about this space before they feel a bit fire hosed by it all.

Here are the links.
Who is Kaliya?
I got into all this tech stuff to server my community and still work on that at Integrative Activism http://www.integrativeactivism.net

I learned about technology at Planetwork and today serve as the Network Director there http://www.planetwork.net

I started working in identity as the evangelist for Identity Commons http://www.identitycommons.net about a year ago I became Identity Woman http://www.identitywoman.net

Identity
Wikipedia entry on Digital Identity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Identity

Identity Gang home of the Identity Lexicon http://www.identitygang.org/
(join the list..contribute to the wiki)

Internet Identity Workshop http://www.socialtext.net/iiw2005
(come to the next one in early May)

Microsoft InfoCards…
What are they?…http://blogs.msdn.com/alexbarn/archive/2004/11/07/253526.aspx
Screenshot:

Kim’s the high integrity guy from Microsoft helping this whole space forward. http://www.identityblog.com
(I forgot to mention it but the laws of identity are there)

Identity and the enterprise
Liberty Alliance http://www.projectliberty.org/
SAML http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAML

Stand alone URL based Identifiers (sxip 2.0 forth coming soon)
SXIP http://www.sxip.com

Cooperating on YADIS

http://www.yadis.org

1) Open ID invented by Live Journal Founder Brad Fitzpatrick.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openid

http://openid.net/

2) Lightweight Identity

http://lid.netmesh.org/wiki/Main_Page

3) XRI / I-names

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XRI

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-name

Sharing Information:
XRI Data Interchange

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XDI

Here is a link to the PDF of my slides for those of you who asked. http://www.kaliyasblogs.net/OpenStandards.pdf

Eve Maler – XMLGrrl has a great post about the panel she and I were on Thursday – The long Identity Tail.

Reflections on the Year

James had this reflection about the year and it got me thinking about mine.

I dido on the “One weird stressful year

I started out last year working as an Evangelist for Identity Commons 1.0. It was clear that the money was running out and I was not sure what I was going to do next. I ended up doing some consulting for a PR firm on blogosphere metrics for a certain web photo company. I learned a lot about how attention is reflected very differently in the Blogosphere and Deliciousphere. From that research. It is clear by affiliation and groups will be something worth creating trusted tools to aggregate information. It is all about niche communities. Early on in Delicious land the choices reflected the early adopter geek world. It reflected their choices and interests… how do you maintain those clusters and look at attention.

My next gig was setting up the first official blog ever on Broadway for the musical Little Women. The show closed just as we did our first official blogosphere showing.

In between all that I took on getting Planetwork going and stepping into leadership there as the Network Director. This fall has been fantastic getting monthly networking going in DC, Seattle, Portland (their first planning meeting is tonight) and Boston (we had our first planning meeting last month). We are producing the Green Digital Be-In on Earth Day, Apirl 22nd.

I guess most importantly I got an ‘identity’ this year as Identity Woman. The name just came to me as I was moving away from being officially with Identity Commons. I kept showing up and more often then not I would be the only woman there.
Things continue to evolve in the Identity conversation and it seems like there might be an Identity Commons 2.0 I am already playing a leadership role in making that happen. More details soon.
Combining both these “identities” I just finished the first draft of a white paper on the Civil Society Gateway – how all this identity stuff can really empower citizens to work together.
I have hopes that in the coming year the community that got me started involved with all of this the values based folks who meet in workshops and retreats might ‘get’ networking tools. Integrative Activism will certainly continue on in that vein this year.

A friend of mine with whom I periodically intense conversations talked about the essence of what I do it seems if you wanted to pin it down it would be “facilitation.

I guess that is what I enjoy most. Bringing folks together and supporting emergent connections forming. I feel good about the coming year. I hope it will be less crazy stressful though. To get a good start on that I will be leaving on ‘silent’ retreat on December 24th and return on January 2nd.

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I Drupal and Flocking

The first day of OSCON05 was great.
I had a meeting with a potential client for Integrative Activism in the morning went to downtown and picked up more business cards and headed to the Airport.

I had an identity ‘incident’ after making it through security. I went to add minutes to my phone and some how got popped out to a personal operated. She REQUIRED the last four digits of my SSN so they could ‘verify’ my identity by pulling information for the cloud to determine I am me. They would have the service that does this call me within the hour to ask me questions. This happened the last time I went to put money on this phone. It is quite disconcerting. Luckly this time I canceled the order and managed to make it through just ‘touch’ tone and get it minuets on my phone.

I took a cab from the airport to Drupal Con and make a great short presentation about i-names It was a big moment- I got to show it really working with the Identity Commons News Blog and Planetwork. I also showed my Integrative Activism’s first CS/Drupal – for spiritual activist leaders. I also showed them some of the most graphically stunning Drupal sites ever build byCivicActions – Open Network.TV and Shift in Action for IONS.

Then I headed over to the Flocking Party. Flock is a new Mozilla based social web browser. Hopefully the identity stuff we have been working on is applicable.

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Announcing the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW2005)

There’s been considerable conversation around identity on the Internet, or what some would call grassroots identity. Providing identity services between people, websites, and organizations that may or may not have any kind of formalized relationship is a different problem than providing authentication and authorization services within a single organization. Many have argued that the lack of a credible identity infrastructure will eventually result in the Internet being so overrun with fraud as to make it useless for many interesting uses.

To solve this problem, or pieces of it, companies and individuals have made a variety of architectural and governance proposals. Some of these include:

Myself, Phil Windley, Drummond Reed, and Doc Searls are hosting the Internet Identity Workshop in Berkeley on October 25 and 26th to provide a forum to disucss these and other architectural and governance proposals for Internet-wide identity services and their underlying philosophies. The workshop will comprise a day of presentations on Internet-scale identity architectures followed by a day of structured open space to accommodate the range of topics and issues that will emerge from day one and other issues and identity services that do not fit into the scope of the formal presentations. We’re hoping that adding a little more formality to the conversation will aid in digesting some of the various proposals.
We’re inviting presentations for the first day on the following topics:

  • Problems, issues, politics, and economics or Internet-scale identity systems.
  • Architectures for Internet-scale identity systems
  • Philosophies that drive architectural decisions in these systems (see Kim Cameron’s Laws of Identity for an example of such a philosophy

If you’d like to present on some other topic, drop one of us a line first and we’ll see how it fits in. Prospective presenters will be asked to submit a 250-300 word abstract. We hope to accomodate everyone, but we may end up picking from the abstracts.

I’m excited about this and looking forward to it. I hope we can have a good set of presentations the first day and a solid day of discussion the second. If you’re interested in this sort of thing, I hope to see you there. Please read the full announcement for some other details and register if you’re coming. There is a $75 charge to cover the cost of the venue, administrative expenses, and the cost of snacks and lunch both dats.

How simple does it need to be?

FAQ’s about LID from Johannes Ernst’s Blog – I think they apply to the work happening around XRI/XDI and Identity Commons stuff. I am going to do my part by working on doing some essays with lots of simple diagrams to explain the ecology of organizations and roles. Hopefully we can also do a short video about it too.

What’s your measure of how complex a single-sign-on technology can be so it can be adopted broadly?

A weekend of implementation effort, maximum. Here’s why: SSO only makes sense if basically everybody can implement it. That includes a lot of players, from your 401k plan (who could probably afford a lot more than that) down to the message board of the parent-teacher assocation that’s run by Joey’s dad on his home Linux server. Joey’s dad is not going to spend more than a weekend of his time to make it work. He’s also not going to go out and buy expensive software. He might download some Perl, but that’s about it. Ergo: one weekend, no more.

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