The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group is a multi-stakeholder organization (See this post about how join.) Technically You can participate on lists even if you are not members but it is better that you go through the process of joining to be “officially” part of the organization.
If you join the IDESG it is good to actively participate in at least one active committee because that is where organization work is done by committees – any person or organization from any stakeholder category can participate.
The committees have mailing lists – that you subscribe to (below click through where it says Join Mailing list and put in the e-mail address you want to use, share your name and also a password).
On the list the group chats together on the list and talk about the different work items they are focused on. They have conference calls as well to talk together (these range from once a week to once a month). You can also contact the chair of the committee and “officially” join but that is not required.
If you are reading this and getting involved for the first time – read through this list and pick one of the committees that sound interesting to you. They are friendly folks and should be able to help you get up to speed – ask questions and ask for help. This whole process is meant to be open and inclusive.
It might be confusing but that is ok. You haven’t learned all the language of this very particular sub-industry. Remember you can always ask me questions and I can connect you to a community of others who are engaging with this field for the first time.
The next Face to Face meeting is happening April 1-3 in Mountain View California. It is totally open and free you can register here. Follow just one of the committees and maybe two and join us there – if you can only make it for part of a day you can come when the committee you have been following meets.
Trust Framework and Trust Mark Committee
Very important work is going on in this committee. It will define the legal, policy and technology underpinnings of the whole effort to get identities work. Some of the questions that I have about the outcomes of this work are
- Will the policy and technology choices (they call these trust frameworks) they respect people and their rights online?
- Will they let people who are citizens define how they are “seen” online or will they only permit “real name – verified identities” to be used?
- How will end users be protected both with policies and technologies from the sites they use their digital identities? and services that help them use their digital identities?
This group is VERY active right now – that means they are producing work very fast and the outcome is basically the CENTRAL DOCUMENT outlining “how” this identity system will work. It needs attention to track it and ask quesitons and give substantive input.
Join the mailing list here – Documents for meetings – It meets EVERY Wednesday at 3pm EST / noon PST for two hours. To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “Functional Model AHG”
Functional Model Group
Yep they are very confusing – they are confusing to me too.
Join the Mailing list is here – I can’t find its meetings on the calendar.
This committee is working on the development of policy recommendations for the White House and Legislators. These will likely influence what provisions that might come into law all with the goal of helping the vision of the Identity Ecosystem being developed in this institution coming into being.
The current draft of the document IDESG Policy Committee findings on policy incentives(As best as I could find)
Join the Mailing List is here – It does not have meetings currently scheduled they will be announced on the list.
To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “Policy Coordination Committee”
Use Case Committee
This group is defining all the different Use-cases that is the stories of how regular citizens will use the system. My concern is they have developed detailed cases such as ____ and ___. Without ever speaking to real people from those groups or have those need. The generic use-cases about Authentication and Proofing also impact different populations of people differently and diverse input is essential.
The use-cases are then used to define the different technology and policy building blocks in what they call a Functional Model.
This group is looking to define a security model for use in Identity Ecosystem. It has many different sub-committees including Taxonomy, Attributes, Functional Model and Use-Cases.
To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “Security Committee”.
They are just starting to begin meetings on the Security Evaluation Methodology.
This committee is working on so many different things and has spawned 4 Ad-Hoc/Sub Committees.
The Standards Coordination Committee will be responsible for coordinating, reviewing, and recommending the adoption of technical standards to facilitate interoperability within the Identity Ecosystem.
To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “Standards Committee”
This committee is defining the words that we use to talk about the Identity Ecosystem – such as Pseudonymous Transactions, Credentials, Attributes, Identifier.
To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “Taxonomy AHG”
Privacy Coordination Committee
The Privacy Coordination Committee will be responsible for seeing that other Committees’ work products adhere to the Privacy-enhancing and Voluntary Guiding Principle. All work products developed from all other committees pass through this one. The model of privacy they have is oriented to the Fair Information Principles and Practices developed in the 1970’s – and doesn’t necessarily look at new ideas of how to manage the needs of people having dignity.
To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “Privacy Coordination Committee”
Financial Services Committee
This group creates space for those from the Financial Industry to contribute the specific needs of that industry into the work of the IDESG.
To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “Financial Services Committee”
Health Care Committee
This group creates space for those from the Health Care Industry to contribute the specific needs of that industry into the work of the IDESG.
Join the Mailing List here – It meets
To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “Health Care Committee”
User Experience Working Group
Join the Meeting List here – It meets
To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “User-Experience Committee”
International Coordination Committee
The International Coordination Committee will be responsible for reviewing– and where appropriate, coordinating alignment with – similar international standards and policies.
The Mailing List is here – It currently doesn’t have a meeting scheduled – it sill be announced on the list.
To see all their documents click on this page and then on the file folder for “International Coordination Committee”