Next month we are hosting a gathering called Map the Gaps. It came out of a session I ran several IIW’s ago asking the question what if there was a “Legal-IIW” the intent was always to cross communities and connect activities already in this area. The intent from the beginning was to connect with and work with PPEG at Liberty Alliance. I am happy to be working with Robin from Kantara who ran the PPEG group at Liberty Alliance. Lucy from the Internet Society has been a real champion of the event.
We are threading the needle of size and accessability. Our intent is to make as much as possible about the conversation public and report out. We also know that the energy is really different with 20-30 people vs. 100. We are seeking interest particularly from technologist who are interested in understanding how Lawyers think and how different aspects of law are going to end up impacting the technologies they build and how those technologies will change the law.
Here is the invitation and this is a link to express interest in attending.
Identity Commons and The Kantara Initiative
present an identity workshop and symposium to
“Map the Gaps”
Sponsored by the Internet Society.
March 18th-19th, 2010, Washington DC
The event will be attended by representatives of the diverse identity communities to help “Map the Gaps” that currently exist between the policy/legal and technology views of digital identity and online privacy.
The intention of the “mapping” exercise is to benefit the overall identity community by cataloguing and examining the characteristics and approaches of various online identity-related technical and legal initiatives, so that they can be applied to find common ground to integrate the research and development initiatives in the identity space.
The infrastructure for online identity continues to evolve, and increasingly raises social and privacy questions which are large, complex, and cannot be solved either by technology alone, or by a “single-stakeholder” approach.
While technologists and lawyers have worked separately in the past, identity technologies are now bringing people together in ways that are so intimate and far-reaching that they change both the way humans relate to technology, and the technologically-mediated ways humans relate to each other. Many of those technologically-mediated interactions are the subject of various established laws, which must now be reviewed in the light of this evolution: the technology cannot properly develop without legal guidance and vice versa.
This effort will depend upon the identification and creation of common concepts, language and paradigms to guide future development in the area. Our aim is to bring technologists and legal and policy professionals together, establish a common understanding of each other’s domains, and map out the gaps which subsequent work would aim to bridge.
The “Map the Gaps” event will provide participants with a forum to contribute various perspectives on identity-related themes, the output of which may be coordinated with American Bar Association events as well as within working groups at ID Commons and the Kantara Initiative.
Due to limited space, the event is being held by invitation only. There are, however, other ways to participate in this important work, including submitting written materials for inclusion in symposium online materials.
In order to assure that the broadest possible representation of interests is achieved to inform the work that will take place at the symposium, all submitted papers will be made available to attendees and others on the Identity Commons and Kantara symposium-related websites.
Limited spaces have been reserved at the symposium for a few additional invitations to be extended to individuals and institutional representatives based on a review of submitted papers. Additional invitations may be extended based on those papers that offer significant perspectives and insights that are perceived to be different than or complementary to those already represented by the existing symposium attendees.
The symposium will be interactive and participant-driven: we ask all persons who would like to attend the meeting as participants to contribute, in advance (and no later than February 28, 2010), a brief (250-500 words) position paper, analysis or other description of an interesting or pressing problem they have encountered in this field. Papers will be posted as noted above, and we will extend invitations for participation to the authors of those papers that satisfy the criteria indicated above.
To express interest in the “Map the Gaps” workshop and symposium:
- Scott David, K&L Gates LLC.
- Lucy Lynch, Internet Society
- Kaliya Hamlin, ID Commons
- J. Trent Adams, Internet Society
- Robin Wilton, Future Identity, Ltd.