NSTIC session at Internet Identity Workshop 11

Jay Unger at IIW11

Jay Unger’s IIW11 slides are a very helpful introduction to the 36 page National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace document produced by Deloitte last year. Also, during the session, Jay shared some things he had heard from the Department of Homeland Security such as “expect the ecosystem to be private sector led” and suggested that this initiative was leading towards commerce (“reading between the tea leaves”). It seems Jay was right and it seems to me that the main catalyst here, although not clearly defined as a vision, was stated in the White House blog post on NSTIC this week.

we can…cut costs for businesses and government by reducing inefficient identification procedures.

Think about how much money businesses and government could save for each customer it can convert from doing things by phone and mail versus online. “Money is what jumpstarts this” is among my notes from the IIW session.

So, it seems a good question to ask about trusted identities is “trusted by who?” If the goal is to reduce costs which is desired by business and government, who truly needs to trust them are we, the people. This seems to be a matter of changing our perception about the security of doing our business online. Of course, there will still be security vulnerabilities and privacy compromises. We just need to perceive that NSTIC is fixing those. Therefore, I agree with Kaliya Hamlin’s sentiment that We Shouldn’t Freak Out About NSTIC.

Update 1/11: Here is the video of last Friday’s Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research event with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt and ID Commons post-event conference call notes. To keep updated with these calls, check here.

IIW11 was held November 2-4, 2010. IIW12 is is May 3-5, 2011 in Mountain View, California.

TXGov20Camp

Texas Government 2.0 Camp (TXGov20Camp)

EFF-Austin, working with the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, is helping organize the Texas Government 2.0 Camp on January 28-29 at the Austin Community College Eastview Campus. You can see more about the event here: http://txgov20.org/

“The Texas Government 2.0 Camp will bring together leading thinkers from all levels of government, academia, media and industry to explore the best ways to make Open Government work for everyone. They will share initiatives already in progress and collaborate on how to leverage social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more collaborative, efficient and effective government. Though the possibilities seem endless, resources are often in short supply and by harnessing the power of new technologies governments do more than ever before.”

Join us! You can register here.

Gary Chapman, 1952-2010

Gary Chapman
Gary Chapman

… it’s because of people like Chapman and his colleagues, of whom there were not many, that we have a conceptual framework for talking about things like electronic privacy, or the digital divide, or “virtual community.” ~ Mike Clark-Madison, Gary Chapman: 21st Century Digital Man

“He was brilliant and humble. He was the smartest guy in the room but acted like he was just like everyone else.” ~ Jack Nokes, quoted in the Austin American-Statesman

Reposted from TXGov20.org. Gary and his LBJ School class were organizing the event along with EFF-Austin.