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May 12-14 in Mountain View, CA.




Attendees 2008a

What Is This Workshop About?

The heart of the workshop is a practical idealism in working towards the shared vision of a decentralized, user-centric identity layer for the Internet.

Because the web was built around "pages", no tools or standards were created to control how the information about you was collected or used. At the Internet Identity Workshop we bring the people creating these tools and standards so people can safely manage their online identity and control their personal data.

It is not about any one technology - rather it is a place to discuss multiple interoperating –(and possible competing) – projects, standards, and networks for identity, data sharing, and reputation.

As part of Identity Commons, the Internet Identity Workshop creates opportunities for both innovators and competitors. We provide an open forum for both the big guys and the small fry to come together in a safe and balanced space.

There are a wide range of projects in the community:

  1. Open conceptual, community, and governance models.
  2. Open standards and protocols.
  3. Open source projects.
  4. Commercial projects.
  5. Projects to address social and legal implications of these technologies.
  6. Efforts to rethink the business models and opportunities available with these new technologies.

User-centric identity is the ability:

  • To use one's identifier(s) on more then one site
  • To control who sees what information about you
  • To selectively share presence and profile information
  • To maintain multiple identities and personas in the contexts you wish
  • To aggregate attention, navigation, and purchase history from the sites and communities you frequent
  • To move and share your personal data, relationships, documents, and other publications as you wish

All of the following are active topic areas at each IIW:

  • Improving Existing Legal Constructs
    • Privacy Policies
    • Terms of Service
  • Creating New Legal Constructs
    • Limited Liability Personas
    • Identity Rights Agreements
  • Creating New Business Models
    • Identity Oracle
    • I-Brokers
  • New Citizenship Perspectives
    • Activism
    • Community Event Coordination
    • Community Identity and Data Sharing

Who Participates in IIW?

Innovators who participate in IIW include the leaders of:

Open Standards

Standards Interop

Major Information Card Projects

Browser Based Card Selectors

Multi-Protocol Open Source Projects

Industry Consortia

Groups Addressing Legal/Social/Business Issues

How Does It Work?

Like the last IIW, we plan to organize this event using open space principles. We will make the schedule when we are face to face the morning of the 2nd day of the conference. We do this in part because the field is moving so rapidly that we your organizing team are in no position to know what needs to be talked about. We do know great people who will be there and it is the attendees who have a passion to learn and contribute to the event that will make it.

Also like the previous three workshops, we will hold IIW2008a at the Computer History Museum. The space there is perfect for this kind of event. We expect a large and energized community to attend and are counting on plenty of participation. Don't be put off by that, however, if you're just getting into this. Come and learn--the first day is designed to get everyone up to speed. You won't be disappointed.

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