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Identity 22 October 2014

Is Identity an Internet Building Block? Announcing the Internet Society Briefing Panel at IETF 91

Megan Kruse
By Megan KruseDirector, Partner Engagement and Communications

On Tuesday, 11 November, Internet Society CITO Olaf Kolkman and four distinguished panelists will discuss and debate, “Is Identity an Internet Building Block?” during IETF 91 in Honolulu. From the session abstract:

In the Internet’s early days, users often felt shielded behind an electronic veil of anonymity, able to take on any persona they pleased. Now, nearly every online service has adopted technologies that build user profiles, offer product recommendations, and piece together personal histories that go back farther than most of us even know.

Digital identifiers and the attributes tied to those identifiers are key to establishing trust in any form of online communication. What are the underlying identifiers we use on the Internet today? What are their properties? How do these identifiers and attributes relate to our ideas of “identity?” If we were to dream of an ideal world with multiple interlinked and interoperable identity ecosystems, what would good look like?

During this Briefing Panel, the Internet Society’s Chief Internet Technology Officer Olaf Kolkman and four panelists from various layers of the stack will discuss whether identity management is, or will be, a fundamental building block for the Internet, the forces currently at play in the identity sphere, the push for single sign-on, the role of mobile, and more.

Olaf Kolkman (Internet Society)

Leif Johansson (SUNET)
Ken Klingenstein (Internet2)
Jef Hodges (PayPal)
Natasha Rooney (GSMA)

How to Participate

Pre-registration is required for onsite participation and begins on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Registration opens in two phases for global fairness: 09:00 UTC and 21:00 UTC.

We also plan to have a live webcast and audiocast of the event (no registration required).

Watch the Briefing Panel page on our website for webcast information and the online registration link, and watch this Internet Technology Matters blog for more information on speakers and event details.

We hope you can join us!

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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