UPDATED 14:03 EDT / MAY 19 2009

The Internet Identity Workshop and Vendor Relationship Mgt – Very Relevant

Today and tomorrow the leading minds will gather to talk about Identity at the Internet Identity Workshop. Last week at the Vendor Relationship Management (VRM) conference I ran into Kaliya Hamlin and Doc Searls who reminded me of the Internet Identity Workshop. There is some very important work going on in a few areas and like before Doc and Kaliya are at the heart of them. For example, Facebook yesterday had the big announcement on OpenID (hey that’s identity) and all this social media rage is really all about VRM (Vendor Relationship Management).

I fully endorse the VRM and IIW efforts and give big props to Kaliay and Doc. Why? They are great people and more importantly they represent our industry’s uncelebrated pioneers doing the hard work to get the right focus in the hands of developers and entrepreneurs.

Here is some info on IIW

The heart of the workshop is a practical idealism in working towards the shared vision of a decentralized, user-oriented identity layer for the Internet.

They have been working hard for 4 years to solve the technical challenge of how people can manage their own identity across the range of websites, services, companies and organizations that they belong to, purchase from and participate with.

The IIW is where everyone from a diverse range of projects doing the real-work of making this vision happen gather and work intensively for three days. It is the best place to meet and participate with all the key people and projects.

The Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) was founded in the fall of 2005 by Phil Windley, Doc Searls and Kaliya Hamlin. IIW is a working group of Identity Commons The event has been a leading space of innovation and collaboration amongst the diverse community working on user-centric identity. The spring of 2009 event will be the 8th workshop.

What is this Workshop about?

The heart of the workshop is a practical idealism in working towards the shared vision of a decentralized, user-oriented identity layer for the Internet.

Because the web was built around “pages”, no tools or standards were created to control how the information about you was collected or used. At the Internet Identity Workshop we bring the people creating these tools and standards so people can safely manage their online identity and control their personal data.

It is not about any one technology – rather it is a place to discuss multiple interoperating (and possible competing) projects, standards, and networks for identity, data sharing, and reputation.

As part of Identity Commons, the Internet Identity Workshop creates opportunities for both innovators and competitors. We provide an open forum for both the big guys and the small fry to come together in a safe and balanced space.

There are a wide range of projects in the community:

1. Open conceptual, community, and governance models.
2. Open standards and protocols.
3. Open source projects.
4. Commercial projects.
5. Projects to address social and legal implications of these technologies.
6. Efforts to rethink the business models and opportunities available with these new technologies.


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