Her Majesty’s Government is making a bold commitment that new digital transactions from central government departments such as the DWP’s Universal Credit will adopt a federated model for identity registration and credential authentication so UK citizens don’t have to create yet more user names and passwords. This approach will require close collaboration and dialogue with industry to create the needed schemes or trust frameworks that will organize the technical standards, policies and best practices needed to proceed.
The term “team of rivals” has famously been used to describe how Abraham Lincoln reconciled the personality differences of his political rivals and leveraged their strengths to help run his administration and push forward agendas for the common good. Similarly, when I use the term I’m referring to industry leaders putting their personal and professional agendas aside (for the moment!) to work together toward a common of goal of evolving Internet identity, security and privacy.
The Open Identity Exchange (OIX) recently hosted a two-day member workshop with several representatives from the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service (GDS), a Cabinet Office in the Home Office. The representatives are responsible for creating and implementing innovative identity management programs for the UK.
European-based identity and security analyst firm, KuppingerCole, recently announced that OpenID Connect was awarded the 2012 European Identity and Cloud Award in the category for Best Innovation/New Standard. This recognition was largely based on OpenID Connect’s potential to significantly change digital identity using a simple interoperable Internet identity protocol to improve the way we interact with each other online.
Don Thibeau sent me an article this week from John Battelle's Searchblog entitled, "What Doesn’t the Valley Understand About Washington?" Answering that question is a large part of what comprises my work at McBee Strategic, which is helping guide innovative companies, ideas, and technologies through Washington's legislative, regulatory, and communications gauntlet in order to connect them with opportunities for growth.
When I was first invited to join the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) Advisory Board, it was a welcome surprise to see several names on the board who I’ve come to know and respect from our Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management Roadmap and Implementation Guidance (FICAM) discussions. FICAM is multi-faceted and required collaboration and consultation with private sector organizations on several foundational aspects.
One of the key takeaways from the last board meeting was that the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) should take every opportunity to help inform and advance conversations about Internet identity with a focus on governance, liability and business models. This is true in public and private sector engagements in the US (NSTIC), the UK (tScheme), and elsewhere. Here’s a brief overview in this regard:
The OIX Reception after last week’s NIST and Department of Commerce meetings in D.C. was a great opportunity to get folks together and make introductions. One of the hot topics that reflected our earlier discussions in San Francisco was: