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Q. Why does PDEC care about NSTIC?

Feb 11, 2013 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Q. You're the executive director of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. Why does PDEC care about NSTIC?  I am focused on making a personal data ecosystem (PDE) real. And a rich, strong, diverse identity ecosystem lowers common barriers our PDE participants confront.  The big vision of an Identity Ecosystem articulated in NSTIC goes well beyond identity credentials for verified ...

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Q. What is a “Regulate Forward” strategy?

Feb 10, 2013 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

NSTIC is a Regulate Forward strategy The US government is keen for markets to solve Internet information sharing, privacy and trust challenges. Theirs is a “Regulate Forward” approach. NSTIC strives to establish policy for where technology will be instead of regulating for where it’s been: past societal conditions, rapidly obsolescing technologies, and old industry models. “A good ...

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Q. Lawyers like the term “trust framework.” Is there a better framing?

Feb 10, 2013 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Q. Lawyers like the term “trust framework.” Is there a better framing?  I prefer “accountability framework.” Here’s why.  Trust is a meta-goal for the overall system and transactions within it. I think naming the techno-legal policy sandwiches “trust frameworks” is a mistake.   These frameworks, which are the Identity Ecosystem’s default, connect the Identity Ecosystem’s participants through technology, ...

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Q. What does the NSTIC program look like now?

Feb 9, 2013 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Q. What does the NSTIC program look like now?  There are six parts.  NSTIC National Program Office. The NSITIC NPO operates within the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards. It is lead by Jeremy Grant. The office has several full time staff and they are responsible for the transition of NSTIC from a US government initiative to ...

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Q. What triggered the whole NSTIC thing?

Feb 8, 2013 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Q. What triggered the whole NSTIC thing?  When the Obama administration came into office in 2008, it started a cyber security review. Password re-use was identified as a real threat. Simply put, the fact that people use the same password for multiple sites where they also use the same user-name, likely their e-mail address, is a ...

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Register to Vote!

Aug 9, 2012 2 Comments ›› Phil Wolff

To vote in the spring elections you MUST register to be a part of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group by February 14th.   Membership is open to any person and any organization (any citizenship, any location in the world).  The first set of elections is mid-March for at large positions (elected by everyone in the IDESG). The second round of ...

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Q. What are 3 things you would do to increase public participation in NSTIC?

Aug 9, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Q. What are 3 things you would do to increase public participation in NSTIC? Since I was elected to the Management Council I have been advocating for better meeting processes that are more inclusive and diverse.  I am working to help articulate how those with only a very I have been advocating to small business owners get ...

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Q. What should be government’s role in NSTIC at its beginning?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

What should be government's role in NSTIC at its beginning? The government can’t abdicate responsibility and just collaborate with companies. Its job is to be an advocate for the people and ensure that the guiding principles are not left behind because they are inconvenient or perceived to cost too much. The private sector is not just the largest IT ...

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Q. What risks rise with an “unbalanced” identity ecosystem?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

What risks rise with an "unbalanced" identity ecosystem? On the one hand, it could become very easy for virtually any company online to request highly validated identities and require the presentation of identifiers associated with “real legal name” credentials for almost all transactions and comments. This inhibits civil freedoms and creates a participatory panopticon situation. On the ...

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Q. How long is a term of service or membership?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

For how long am I signing up to participate? You can withdraw from participating in the steering committee at any time by sending in a letter to the Secretariat.

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Q. Does ‘participating’ mean lots of meetings?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

If I sign up for participating do I have to go to a lot of meetings? Nope, you don’t have to go to a lot of meetings. Participation in the plenary can be online. It means paying attention a few days a year.

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Q. Is this global or a US initiative?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Isn’t the internet global in scope? This is a US initiative; how do these two things jive? Yes, the web is global in scope, and the US is a large country with great influence. This initiative is open to participation to people and organizations from all over the world.

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Q. What is the Secretariat?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

What is the Secretariat? The NSTIC NPO awarded a $2.5 million dollar contract to provide support services to the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group. Trusted Federal Systems won the contract to act as the IESG’s “Secretariat.” They coordinate meetings, manage listservs, and the like.

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Q. What would it look like to have greater citizen involvement and input?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

What would it look like to have greater citizen involvement and input? It will be essential to have a number of delegates on the management council, who lead this initiative, to engage in citizen input and dialogue in a meaningful way.

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Q. How did they come up with this organizational design and governance model?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

How did they come up with this organizational design and governance model? Several months after the White House started the National Program Office, they issued a Notice of Inquiry to solicit written input from industry about what the Governance of the Identity Ecosystem could look like (see that NOI here). Many citizens and groups responded. You ...

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Q. Can people put themselves into a stakeholder group?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

When registering as participating individuals can people put themselves into a stakeholder group? Yes. There is nothing saying that individuals need to be part of the unaffiliated individual category. An individual can register and assert belonging to any one of the stakeholder groups. They will vote for a delegate to the Management Council along with organizations who ...

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Q. Who can vote?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Who can vote for delegates on the Management Council?  Only those who have registered as participating members can vote for a delegate on the Management Council.  You must register by February 14th, 2013 for Spring elections. Who can vote in plenary wide - whole steering committed votes? Only those who have registered as participating members.

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Q. Is participation in the committees open?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Is participation committees open? Yes. Anyone who registers as a participating or observing member can participate in committees.

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Q. Why are there so many parts to the steering committee?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Why are there so many parts to the steering committee?  The strategy calls for a steering committee In sticking with that terminology, those at the National Program Office for NSTIC decided to have two main parts. The first part is the plenary, a group of all those who sign up to participate.  The second part is a Management Council ...

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Q. How much does NSTIC need wide and diverse support?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

How much does NSTIC need wide and diverse support? The high level vision outlined in the NSTIC has buy-in from a broad group of stakeholders. Making it real will involve government participation with the private commercial sector and civil society groups (neighborhood associations, schools, religious institutions, sports leagues, advocacy groups). 

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Q. Is NSTIC a round-about way for putting in place a national ID?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

Is NSTIC a round-about way for putting in place a national ID? Maybe. Will citizens and civil society organizations participate in the NSTIC process to define how identities work in cyberspace? You can read "National! Identity! Cyberspace! Why we shouldn’t freak out about NSTIC" on my Fast Company blog.

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Q. What does it mean that NSTIC is “industry lead”?

Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

What does it mean that NSTIC's ecosystem is “industry lead”?  It means the US government is looking to diverse actors, including non-profits, academic institutions, small businesses and corporations. It basically means “not” government lead but includes governance participation.

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Kaliya’s Candidate Statement – Video

Aug 5, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

If you want to watch it on YouTube you can - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcDoPRua7yU

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What will NSTIC do?

What is NSTIC?

Aug 5, 2012 No Comments ›› Phil Wolff

NSTIC is short for the National Strategy For Trusted Identities In Cyberspace. The Strategy was released by the White House in April of 2011. From the report: The Identity Ecosystem, as envisioned here, will increase the following: Privacy protections for individuals, who will be able trust that their personal data is handled fairly and transparently; Convenience for individuals, ...

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Who is Identity Woman? Kaliya Hamlin Unmasked

About Kaliya

Aug 5, 2012 1 Comment ›› Phil Wolff

Kaliya is known as the Identity Woman. Her tagline is Saving the World with User-Centric Identity and Personal Data She was elected to the inaugural NSTIC management council and lead a sub-committee collecting and synthesizing  ecosystem images since has, since December 2012. In this coming election she is running to represent small businesses and entrepreneurs. She ...

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