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
Step 2: Find this box on the right hand side of the site.
You can use any e-mail address you want to do so. If you click on the IDESG labelled button.
If you have a Yahoo! e-mail address OR a Google/GMail account you can use that by clicking on their respective buttons – but the next steps that follow are for the IDESG button path (recommended).
Step 4: Click on the button circled below.
Step 5: Enter the information requested.
Step 6: Pick a Time Zone!
The note in red is making it clear that when you are sent a form to fill out with the membership agreement in step __. you must write down the same e-mail address that you have here so they can correlate your account to membership.
Step 7: Confirm that you want an account. Click the Button.
Step 8: You Should See this Screen. Make sure you check your e-mail account – it will have a link you click on. Then you can login to the website.
Step 9: You might see this screen.
Step 10: Contact the site Administrator at this e-mail address : email@example.com or phone them (240) 403-4092
PART 2 – Filling out Membership Form on Website!
Step 11: Go to this page to access the new member registration application http://www.idecosystem.org/page/join-idesg-0 Fill out the fields of the application.
You will be asked to pick a stakeholder category.
I recommend either the #11 Small Business and Entrepreneur category if you are an individual who has a business.
OR the #3 Consumer Advocate Group if you represent people in your work .
PART 3 – Sign and SEND in the form
Step 12: You will get an e-mail from the administrators of the organization with a membership agreement.
- You need to print it out and read it or at least scan it
- Sign it
- Return it (via fax OR scan -> email)
The agreement has a clause about intellectual property – this can scare some people. It is basically saying that contributions you make to public mailing lists can be posted online by the organization and used in the work outputs of the organization. It is common in technical communities and supports sharing and development of collective work products.
Step 3: You will get a confirmation from the administrators and you will be officially a member.
How you can get involved is another post….so stay tuned.