Identity people should think about attending the grass roots identity conference called Internet Identity Workshop 2006 organized by Kaliya Hamlin, Doc Searls and Phil Windley.  The other conferences in this series have been been great informal venues for exchanging ideas and meeting people, and this one is sure to to be as well.  I'll be there, as will Mike Jones.

If you don't know Kaliya, she is the mild-mannered unconference organizer who, whenever identity is threatened, emerges as the intrepid Identity Woman.  Doc is the editor of Linux Journal and author of the Cluetrain Manifesto who has revolutionized everyone's understanding of what a market is and what the Blogosphere can be – he got me to start my blog.  Phil Windley is a professor specializing in identity, with deep experience as the CIO of the state of Utah, giving him a unique perspective.  He's also the author of Digital Identity.

Here's what it's all about:

The Internet Identity Workshop focuses on user-centric identity and identity in the large. Providing identity services between people, websites, and organizations that don't necessarily have a formalized relationship is a different problem than providing authentication and authorization services within a single organization.

The goal of the Internet Identity Workshop is to support the continued development of several open efforts in the user-centric identity community. These include the following:

  • Technical systems and proposal like Yadis (LID, OpenID, i-Names), SXIP, Identity metasystem, InfoCards, and the Higgins Project
  • Legal and social movements and issues like Identity Commons, identity rights agreements, and service providers reputation.
  • Use cases for emerging markets such as user generated video (e.g., innovative economic networks (e.g., attention brokering and lead generation (e.g., consumer preferences (e.g. permission based marketing), and civil society networking

The workshop will take place May 2 and 3, 2006 at the Computer History Museum. We will also have a 1/2 day on the first of May for newbies who want to get oriented to the protocols and issues before diving into the community. If you are new to the discussion, we encourage your attendance on May 1st because of the open format we'll be using to organize the conference.

Format and Process

At the last identity workshop we did open space for a day. It was so successful and energizing that we will be using this format for both days. If you have a presentation that you would like to make or a topic that you know needs discussion in the community you can propose it here on the wiki. We will make the schedule when we are face to face at 9AM on May 2nd. We do this in part because the ‘field’ is moving so rapidly that we your organizing team are in no position to ‘know’ what needs to be talked about. We do know great people who will be there and it is the attendees who have a passion to learn and contribute to the event that will make it.

Part of the reason for moving to the Computer History Museum is to have better space for running this kind of effort with an expanding community. We expect a large and energized community to attend and are counting on plenty of participation. Don't be put off by that, however, if you're just getting into this. Come and learn. You won't be disappointed.


We are committed to keeping this conference open and accessible. Having a venue that will support our doubling in size also means that it costs a bit more. We decided to have a tiered cost structure to support accessibility as well as inviting those who are more able to pay to contribute. If you want to come we want you there. If cost is an issue please contact us and we can discuss how to make it work.

  • Students – $75
  • Independents – $150
  • Corporate – $250

The fees are used to cover the cost of the venue, organization, snacks and lunch both days. We encourage you to pre-register since we will limit attendance at the event to 200 people. The IIW workshop in October sold out and we expect strong interest in this one as well.


Our goal is to keep the workshop vendor neutral, but we will be accepting limited sponsorships for the following:

  • Morning Break, May 2, and 3 ($800 each)
  • Afternoon Break, May 1, 2, and 3 ($800 each)
  • Lunch on May 2 and 3 ($2400 each)
  • Conference Dinner, May 2 ($4000)

If you or your company would like to sponsor one of these workshop activities, or have ideas about other activities contact me. You will not get any extra speaking time for sponsoring but you will get thank-yous and community ‘love.’


The Brigham Young University Enterprise Computing Laboratory is providing logistical support and backing for this workshop.

Registration is here. The wiki is here. And pick up the hotel information and map


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Kim Cameron

Work on identity.


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