Registry Is Key Step in Growing Healthy and Secure Online Identity Ecosystem
Marketwired Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG)
Jun 6, 2016 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – Jun 6, 2016) – The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) — an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to creating the future of trusted digital identities — today announced a new service that empowers organizations to improve the way they handle identities. The Identity Ecosystem Framework (IDEF) Registry brings the digital identity community closer to realizing the White House’s vision for trusted identities in cyberspace.
Every organization involved in online identity transactions plays a key role in creating and sustaining a healthy online identity ecosystem. The IDEF Registry allows companies to independently assess their own identity management methods against common industry practices. Using the IDESG’s Identity Ecosystem Framework as a model, organizations can now master and build on commonly accepted criteria for interoperability, privacy, security and usability. Meeting milestones in these subject areas is essential to ensuring that digital identities are protected and trustworthy online.
“This is an essential step in creating a safer environment for online transactions,” said Salvatore D’Agostino, President of the IDESG and CEO of IDmachines, LLC. “By equipping organizations involved in online transactions with a tool to measure where they stand relative to accepted policies and best practices, we’re promoting a safer internet on two levels. We’re making industry-accepted best practices more accessible to organizations who want to meet them, and providing a structured benchmark to organizations and individuals that want to use safer protocols for their digital transactions and information management.”
The Registry is an actionable step in the Identity Revolution, and the first opportunity of its kind for online identity service providers and owners and operators of applications that register, issue, authenticate, authorize and use identity credentials to prove that they operate secure platforms for their customers. Those that voluntarily register with the Registry publicly demonstrate their dedication to best practices in identity management. In addition to increasing participating organizations’ value and trust in the marketplace, the Registry gives them access to their industry’s most cutting-edge methods for identity management.
Initial listers include some of the preeminent companies in the identity space, such as MorphoTrust and PRIVO.
“As a founding member of the IDESG, PRIVO understands the level of commitment, subject matter expertise and vision required to bring the Registry to life,” said PRIVO Co-founder and CEO Denise Tayloe. “We are very proud to be one of the first services to hold ourselves accountable to the IDEF requirements that support a privacy-preserving, interoperable, secure, easy-to-use credential for families we serve, in order to protect and enable young users to engage and transact online.”
The IDESG has a pipeline of applicants and anticipates significant demand to join these early adopters to complete the process. Listing in the IDEF Registry is currently free for those who self attest.
“An Internet built around the identity principles of the Identity Ecosystem Framework, is in the best interest of us all as individuals,” said Mark DiFraia, Senior Director of Market Development at MorphoTrust. “MorphoTrust is proud to be one of the first organizations to join the IDEF Registry because we made the investment to build our online identity solution from the ground up to deliver on the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Principles. It is our sincere hope that the combination of NSTIC principles, the IDEF and now the IDEF Registry apply the right amount of pressure to shape the behavior of online players for the benefit of us all.”
For more information on The Identity Ecosystem Framework Registry, visit IDEFRegistry.org.
About the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG)
IDESG is a voluntary, public-private partnership dedicated to developing an Identity Ecosystem Framework (IDEF) and services to better online digital identity. The IDESG looks to advance the Identity Ecosystem called for in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The NSTIC, signed by President Obama in 2011, envisions the identity ecosystem as an online environment where individuals and organizations will be able to trust each other because they follow agreed-upon standards and policies to obtain and authenticate their digital identities. Come see how IDESG is making this happen by joining us in the effort and taking advantage of our services at IDESG.org.
As a Wikipedian who has been increasingly involved with editathons in New York City since completing my MLIS degree at Pratt Institute School of Information, I have been interested in creating bridges between the Wikipedia and IA communities. Thanks to a Wikimedia Foundation TPS grant, I was able to represent Wikipedia at the 2016 IA Summit in Atlanta and at the IA Institute’s workshop on Architecting the Information of Georgia House Bill 757, hosted by the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
I am especially interested in the linked data capabilities of Wikipedia and Wikidata as it is a growing topic among Information Architects and increasingly affecting how digital environments are structured and built. Last year, I created WikiProject: Information Architecture to pique interest among the IA community in Wikipedia editing, with the ultimate goal of showing IAs how their knowledge and expertise contributes to engaging Wikipedia users. I also presented a session on IA and Wikipedia at the 2015 Information Architecture Summit in Minneapolis and wrote an article on IA in Wikipedia for the ASIS&T Bulletin, which increased interest in potential editing and collaboration with the Wikipedia community. While I was originally interested in getting more IAs involved to develop Information Architecture topics in Wikipedia, it is becoming increasingly clear that the IA community is equipped to collaborate with Wikipedia on its own technology development and projects.
This year’s IA Summit was a continued exploration of the relationship between the Wikipedia and IA communities at the 2016 IA Summit in Atlanta. On Saturday May 7, I represented Wikipedia at two events, a workshop hosted by the Information Architecture Institute at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, and IA Summit Game Night which took place the same evening at the Omni Atlanta Hotel. The workshop, “Architecting the Information of Georgia House Bill 757” was the Institute’s response to the proposal of a bill that would potentially discriminate against the LGBT community. About 30 IAI members attended. The format was primarily discussion and centered on the role and impact of language in legislative processes. My input centered on Wikipedia as an information architecture tool that describes and related concepts internationally through its articles and Wikidata. I proposed that the IA Institute and its members should take a greater role in editing and offer their expertise in the structure of information to the Wikipedia community. I further made an appeal for information architects to take greater ownership of the structure of language and concept relationships as defined in Wikidata and its tools and APIs.
IA Summit Game Night, held immediately after the IAI workshop at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, hosted 85 attendees. Players selected from ten tables, one which was dedicated to Wikipedia. We set up the unofficial Wikipedia game and also used it as a way to introduce information architect practitioners to Wikipedia editing. The evening went from 8-11pm and we played several rounds of the game. Most of the people who stopped by the table who inquired about my role with Wikipedia turned out to already be editors, but mostly on a very casual level. I encouraged them to continue to edit and discussed the structure of Wikidata as a tool that IAs can use in developing information spaces outside of Wikipedia.
Game night was a lot of fun and opened a conversation about the ways that IAs can participate in local Wikipedia activities in their areas as well as generally as editors and developers of tools that utilize Wikidata. I handed out pins and stickers throughout the three day conference.
My roommate during the event, Marianne Sweeny, will be one of three co-chairs at the 2017 Information Architecture Summit in Vancouver, March 22-28. She is very interested in developing a greater role for Wikipedia at the 2017 event and has asked me to prepare a proposal for engagement next year. Thoughts include an ongoing Wikipedia booth or table in the exhibition hall, train the trainers events, weekend long Editathon related to the conference theme, Game Night participation and other activities TBD.
I plan to share a report of the event at the May 25 meeting of the NYC Wikipedia meetup.
My goal for this event was to get more information architects involved with Wikipedia: what it is, why it aligns with their own work and how they can be involved. Last year’s editathon in Minneapolis was a good start. I am confident that this has been an important activity to build bridges to ensure that our communities support each other. Over time, the benefit to WMF of a collaboration with the IA community will be improved architecture and user experience based on sound information architecture practices.
As for the conference itself, my notes from the IA Summit sessions are available at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14YuldZDpjoe6JEtIxB7qp5Ai0FjILaMc7UYrk8zCrT8/edit?usp=sharing
I have been sorting, categorizing, labeling, structuring, and visualizing all kinds of “stuff” for as long as I can remember. From spice drawers to websites, topic maps and geographic ones, the code word is EASY: easy to find, easy to understand, and easy to use. I can help with that.