[Privsec] fwd: [governance] Proposed theme: user centric digital identity

Daniel Boos boos at trash.net
Wed Mar 22 17:50:57 GMT 2006

Ralf Bendrath schrieb:
> And now Garth has developed this into a full theme proposal for the
> IGF. Very nice. We should support it.
I agree to support it.


> Ralf
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [governance] Proposed theme: user centric digital identity
> Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 08:42:37 -0800
> From: Garth Graham <garth.graham at telus.net>
> To: governance <governance at lists.cpsr.org>
> ISSUE: User centric digital identity
> a.  A concise formulation for the proposed theme
> How can the IGF assist in finding the support that is needed both for
> new systems of digital identity that center identity around the user
> and for open public participation in their design and application?
> b.  A brief description of why it is important
> The issue of how participation in an  online world changes our
> personal need to control the expression of identity is as close as
> anything  to the heart of comprehending Internet Governance in the
> context of a transition to an Information Society.   As the online
> world moves towards “Web 2.0,” the concept of digital  identity is
> evolving and existing identity systems are faltering. New systems are
> emerging that center identity around the user.  This is an issue
> where civil society voices with experience from within the
> Information Society need to be visible taking a strong advocacy
> role.  They need to do this precisely because the issue clarifies the
> benefits of daily life online in a particular way.  We will  trust
> that the structures of an Information society are fair  only when it
> is clear in right, and in law and in code that we are the owners of
> all of the forms for the digital expression of ourselves.
> c.  How it is in conformity with the Tunis Agenda  in terms of
> *substance*, particularly in reference to para. 34 to 54;
> It can be argued that the issue of digital identity is interesting
> precisely because it is largely unanticipated by the Tunis agenda,
> except weakly as follows:
> 39. We seek to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs by
> strengthening the trust framework.
> 43. We reiterate our commitments to the positive uses of the Internet
> and other ICTs
> 56. The Internet remains a highly dynamic medium and therefore any
> framework and mechanisms designed to deal with Internet governance
> should be inclusive and responsive to the exponential growth and fast
> evolution of the Internet as a common platform for the development of
> multiple applications.
> 58.  We recognize that Internet governance includes more than
> Internet naming and addressing. It also includes other significant
> public policy issues such as, inter alia, …….  issues pertaining to
> the use of the Internet.
> In that the Tunis agenda on IG assumes a framework  of actors based
> in government, private sector and civil society, it is not an agenda
> centered on the individual user.  Although the Tunis agenda makes
> reference to “cross cutting”  issues, it might be more useful to see
> that the issue of digital  identity, rather than cross cutting, is in
> fact  on a dimension of  Information Society unity and benefit that
> is orthogonal to the WSIS dimension of Internet problems.
> d.  How it fits within the mandate of the IGF as detailed in para 72;
> As per 72 (a,g,j,k), Digital Identity is an emerging critical
> resource issue in the development of the Internet that is of
> particular concern to everyday users.
> a) Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet
> governance in order to
> foster the ….. development of the Internet.
> g) Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the
> relevant bodies and the
> general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations.
> j) Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources.
> k) Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and
> misuse of the Internet, of
> particular concern to everyday users.
> e.  Who the main actors in the field are, who could be encouraged to
> participate in the Forum and its thematic sessions.
> There is a great deal of work currently being done on trust, privacy
> and identity management infrastructures, but largely without a WSIS/
> IG cross-over or public participation. The following list is
> illustrative, not definitive:
> SXIP Identity
> SAML 2.0
> Identity Metasystem “InfoCards”
> Higgins Trust Framework Project
> Planet Identity
> Identity Commons
> Digital ID World
> The Yadis Project
> f.  Why should this issue should be addressed in the first annual
> meeting of the Forum rather  than in subsequent ones.
> Digital Identity is an issue that can serve to reorient the IGF
> towards thinking more long term about the Internet’s role in the
> future development of an Information Society, rather than dwelling
> completely on current issues understood negatively as problems.
> Garth Graham
> Telecommunities Canada
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