From single-sign-on to federated systems to WHOIS data associated with Internet resources, countless individuals, business and government organizations have a stake in Internet identity information and its governance.  A workshop on “Governing Identity on the Internet” will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 11:00-12:30 (local Baku time) in Conference Room 9 (click here to see other time zones and add the event to your calendar) at the upcoming Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Moderated by Postdoctoral Fellow Brenden Kuerbis, the workshop is co-organized by the The Citizen Lab at University of Toronto and the Internet Society. Although the actual remote participation link for this session has not yet been created by the IGF Secretariat, this page provides general information and guidance regarding how the IGF will facilitate remote participation.

While territorially-based governments have historically played a central role in their citizens’ identity, it is private service providers and individual users that might be considered the de facto managers of Internet identity information.  Private, rule-based arrangements (e.g., “trust frameworks”) have emerged in many industry sectors to help manage Internet identity transactions.  Nonetheless, many states are actively pursuing digital identity efforts (OECD 2011), including the United States government’s National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace (NSTIC) which is standing up a governance body and the European Commission’s proposed regulation on electronic identification and trusted services for electronic transactions. These efforts seek to promote greater adoption and interoperability of Internet identity solutions.  What are the appropriate roles of governments, the private sector and individuals in Internet identity? Are there benefits or risks of various Internet identity governance solutions being proposed?  How compatible are they with the transnational nature of the Internet? Which stakeholders will determine the standards and policies for how Internet identity information is created, transmitted, utilized, or protected?

Panelists include:

  • Naomi Lefkovitz, Senior Privacy Advisor, National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office, NIST, United States Dept of Commerce (remote)
  • Andrea Servida, Head of Task Force “Legislation Team (eIDAS)”, European Commission (remote)
  • Robin Wilton, Technical Outreach for Identity and Privacy, Internet Society
  • Malavika Jayaram, Fellow, Centre for Internet & Society
  • Mawaki Chango, Africa Internet Policy Coordinator, Association for Progressive Communications
  • Marc Crandall, Google
  • Bill Smith, Technology Evangelist, Paypal

This workshop feeds into the main session discussion on Security, Openness, and Privacy on Thursday, Nov 8 from 15:00-18:00 (local Baku time).