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Call for Paricipation - Workshop on Identity, Information and Context
October 21-22, 2008

Location: MIT Stata Center

An examination of the intersection of technology, security policy, and economic drivers within an information-centric view of the Future Internet towards a holistic identification framework.

Background Information

'Liquid life' is the kind of life commonly lived in our contemporary, liquid-modern society. Liquid life cannot stay on course, as liquid-modern society cannot keep its shape for long. Liquid life is a precarious life, lived under conditions of constant uncertainty. (Z. Bauman)

This notion of liquidity in our lives and conditions is reflected in the choices we make with respect to relations (such as to providers or other users), choices of identities, information we are seeking and many more issues. Visions like D. Reed's Liquid Computing attempt to grasp the impact of this increased liquidity and change on the computing world. Also the vision of tussle networking, as outlined in the whitepaper on Identity in Information Networking by the PrivSec WG at CFP, outlines the importance of incorporating the ever-changing and often conflicting concerns of actors in a particular usage scenario in the way we assemble the resources to fulfill the tasks at hand.

The Grand Challenge

Three key technological transformations have occurred since the specification and realization of the Internet:

Given these technological transformations as well as the necessity to cater for the increased liquidity in our lives, the challenge of developing a holistic approach to identity in such changing context is a grand one. In this, a key aspect in considering identification and identifiers derive from the fact that they are both derived from and must meet the requirements of both social and economic structures in which they are used. Current technologies are seemingly too inflexible with respect to incorporating dynamic and context-dependent relations that are the daily basis of our interaction. How to incorporate these relations in a holistic identification framework has been frequently attempted but still remains an open question to be answered.

Objective of the Workshop

In order to understand the crucial aspects surrounding the grand challenge to build a holistic identification framework, as well as the attempts from the past and the visions for the future, the workshop intends to bring together key participants from the intersection of identity, security, social networking and economic value chain communities to discuss potential ways forward. It is important to note this intersection of participants due to the systemic nature of the problem and the apparent need for a holistic approach towards a solution.

Expectation of Outcomes

The workshop is expected to jumpstart the discussion towards a holistic framework for identification that meets the needs for collaboration but also partitioning across evolving and ever changing social and economic structures. This will demand both scaling, partitioning and dynamic (re)organization of communities, the placement or roles of individuals within them as well as intercommunity dynamics and statics. The initial discussions of the workshop are expected to more concretely result in white papers on case studies and the envisioned early framework in this direction.

Please note: Attendance is limited by meeting space.

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