About the Open Identity Exchange

The Open Identity Exchange (OIX) is a non-profit trade organization focused on internet identity solutions. OIX is a "team of rivals", with a membership of industry players representing a cross-section of private and public sectors e.g. the internet (Google, PayPal, etc.), data aggregation (Equifax, Experian, etc.), telecommunications (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) and government (UK Cabinet Office). The OIX's goal is to enable the expansion of online services and adoption of new online products through the development and registration of trust frameworks and sharing of domain expertise, joint research and pilot projects to test real-world use cases.  OIX is building OIXnet, an authoritative registry for online identity trust to enable global interoperability among identity federations. openidentityexchange.org


The OIX Board represents leaders in online identity in the internet, telecom and data aggregation industries concerned with both market expansion and information security.


The OIX Board meets regularly with government leaders in the White House at the invitation of Howard Schmidt,Special Assistant to the President & White House Cybersecurity Coordinator to discuss the public -private partnership envisioned in the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace (NSTIC.


OIX has established a credibility among industry, government, and public advocacy communities through its publication of policy and legal research, its sponsorship of a series of conferences, and a comprehensive and forward thinking response to the NSTIC NOI.


Shortly after coming into office, the Obama administration asked the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) how to leverage open identity technologies to allow the American public to more easily, efficiently, and safely interact with federal websites such as the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). So, at the 2009 RSA Conference, the GSA sought to build a public/private partnership with the Open ID Foundation (OIDF) and the Information Card Foundation (ICF) in order to craft a workable identity information framework that would establish the legal and policy precedents needed to establish trust for Open ID transactions.   Read more

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