NSTIC Community Discussion Group Charter

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NSTIC Community Discussion Group (NCDG)


On June 25th 2010, Howard Schmidt, National Cybersecurity Coordinator in the White House Executive Office of the President, announced a draft document entitled the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace or NSTIC (pronounced en-stick). This document proposes the creation of a set of standards and technology to allow citizens to more easily and securely identify themselves (e.g. logon to) various web sites including services run by government, commercial and other organizations. The NSTIC Discussion Group forms to:

  • monitor the ongoing development of NSTIC beyond the initial document.
  • engage the internet identity community to pool interest, information and resources about NSTIC.
  • provide a means by which the internet identity community acting together might comment on and influence the future direction of NSTIC.


IC Principles:

  1. Self-Organization. Enable any working group to self-organize at any time, on any scale, in any form, around any activity consistent with the Purpose and Principles.
  2. Transparency. Fully and transparently disclose the Purpose and Principles of each working group, any requirement of participation, and any license or restriction of usage of its work product.
  3. Inclusion. Conduct deliberations and make decisions by bodies and methods that reasonably represent all relevant and affected parties.
  4. Empowerment. Vest authority, perform functions, and use resources in the smallest or most local part that includes all relevant and affected parties.
  5. Collaboration. Resolve conflict without resort to economic, legal, or other duress.
  6. Openness. Conduct, publish, and archive communications in a manner that facilitates open and trusted interactions within and across all working groups and the public Internet.
  7. Dogfooding. When feasible and appropriate, employ the work product of Identity Commons working groups to facilitate the operation and interaction of Identity Commons itself.

Additional Principles for NCDG:


Discussing the topic on a mailing list.

This group is jointly Chartered by IC and the Kantara Initiative.

Requirements of Participation and How to Join

Anticipated Participants in this Discussion Group:

  • End-Users
  • Identity Providers
  • Credential Service Providers
  • Government Agencies


Licenses and/or Restrictions on Usage of Work Product

Kantara Initiative IPR Policy: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Current Deliverables and Milestones

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Current Meeting Schedule

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Current Membership

  • Jay Unger, Independent
  • Trent Adams, ISOC
  • John Bradley, Protivity
  • Mark Lizar, Identity Trust


Current Stewards Council Representative and Alternate

Jay Unger

Current Links

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Related Groups

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This is where the group can share about how/why the group was founded and where will be where quarterly reports will be linked to.