Givotovsky Charter

From IdCommons


The Givotovsky "New Digital Deal" Working Group


This working group has as its primary focus to improve individual's control over the currently unbounded downstream disclosures & associated monetization of their personal information through the evolution and application of the ground-breaking conceptual framework of the late Nicholas Givotovsky dubbed "The New Digital Deal" which leverages existing copyright law as a privacy protection in today's Web 2.0 environment.


In addition to the Identity Commons principles, this Working Group shall rely upon Roberts Rules of Order for all procedural requirements not specified by the Identity Commons principles or governance rules. This Working Group will act as a convening authority for discussion and debate, not as a means to produce intellectual property. Participation in this Working Group shall not imply any licensing of intellectual property by the participant other than that required by the Identity Commons wiki (CC BY SA 3.0). There are other aspects of the Givotovsky Project that will exist independently of Identity Commons, including but not limited to the mailing list. Leveraging that Google Group to facilitate email discussions of this Identity Commons Working Group should not be misunderstood as conferring ownership of that mailing list to Identity Commons.


This group shall conduct its deliberations through the following means:

  • An email mailing list hosted by Google Groups (
  • The Identity Commons wiki
  • Sessions at IIW
  • Teleconferences by means of FreeConferenceCalling

Requirements of Participation and How to Join

This Working Group imposes no additional barrier to participation above the default Identity Commons governance rules. Therefore, to join this Working Group simply join the mailing list:

Licenses and/or Restrictions on Usage of Work Product

This Working Group is not chartered to produce any Intellectual Property other than what is documented in the Identity Commons Wiki per the existing (c) license clearly noted on every page of this wiki (CC BY SA 3.0). Any other Intellectual Property that may be discussed during this Working Group's deliberations is not under any licensing obligation, just as a presentation of an idea at a conference does not necessitate a license of it's use to the audience of that conference (unless such terms are explicitly pre-arranged).

Current Deliverables and Milestones

The only deliverables planned for this Working Group will be the meeting minutes taken during conference calls or IIW events.

Current Meeting Schedule

Depending on the momentum of discussions, this Working Group will most likely convene by conference call on a monthly basis and at all IIW events.

Current Membership

This charter is still very much in draft and early discussion with interested participants. That said, the following people have expressed an interest in being involved in this Working Group if its charter is accepted by the Steward's Council.

  • Brett McDowell
  • Kaliya Hamlin
  • Doc Searls
  • Serge Givotovsky
  • Dean Landsman
  • Brady Brim-DeForest
  • Mark Lizar

Current Stewards Council Representative and Alternate

Brett McDowell

Current Links

(more to come as I track down some mail list archives that have moved)

Related Groups

  • The Privacy and Public Policy Work Group of Kantara Initiative
  • Identity Trust Working Group of Identity Commons
  • American Bar Association's Business Law Chapter's Cyberlaw Committee


See links above for more context. But in brief, this Working Group was formed through conversations between Doc Searls, Brett McDowell and Serge Givotovsky -- supported and encouraged by Kaliya Hamlin -- about how to continue the conceptual work Nick was leading at the time of his death. This is a forum for discovery, exploration and discussion among all interested parties. There will be other activities for furthering Nick's work that will be led by his family with the support of friends and associates that may include any number of things including, but not limited to: the formation of an independent foundation, a start-up company, publications, etc. But this ID Commons Working Group is conceived to be the nexus of public discourse around the "New Digital Deal" concept, from which mind share will expand and other activities will emerge.