Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Open Trust Frameworks for Open Government

The Information Card Foundation and OpenID Foundation have launched a joint white paper Open Trust Frameworks for Open Government (direct link to PDF paper - Open Trust Frameworks for Open Government: Enabling Citizen Involvement through Open Identity Technologies).

The paper covers their approach to enabling open, Internet-scale trust networks using OpenID and Information Cards and the process they're going through to prepare open trust frameworks for certification under the U.S. General Services Administration’s Trust Framework Adoption Process (TFAP).

The white paper was announced at the Open Government Identity Management Solutions Privacy Workshop, Monday August 10, 2009 earlier this week, which dealt with the privacy implications of introducing open identity technologies to US federal websites.

Via Drummond Reed's post on the Information Card Foundation blog, which said:

"Open trust frameworks are the way to bridge open identity technologies like OpenID and Information Cards with the trust requirements of large communities such as the U.S. federal government. They are a practical solution to enabling government agency websites and applications to accept identities from non-governmental identity providers. This reduces friction and lowers costs while at the same time increasing security and privacy."

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