As you likely know by now, White House has released a draft strategy on the need for and use of an identity ecosystem. Known as the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, the NSTIC stems from earlier Cyberspace Policy Review. Core to the NSTIC is the desire to build an identity ecosystem and this concept builds directly from the work that ICAM has been doing.
With respect to the issues that the NSTIC attempts to address, too often we gravitate to the things that we either love and want to see happen or to the things we find abhorrent. In either case, we naturally filter out a lot other information because it doesn’t cross a critical threshold – our desire-to-care threshold.
There’s a lot of complexity summed over in the NSTIC that involves technology, society, and the law. To help you process some of the non-technology related issues, I direct you to an article that Tom Smedinghoff recently wrote. Tom, if you don’t know him, is a lawyer concerned with legal issues related to federations and identity. He delivers one of the best, most accessible introductory talks to federation I have ever seen. This piece is a definite read.
If you want to see some of the ideas behind the NSTIC in action you have got to be at Catalyst next week to see the Open Identity for Business interop. Check out the OSIS wiki for more info.