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Welcome to the Identity Commons Wiki

We are a community of groups working on addressing the social, legal and technical issues that arise with the emerging, identity, data and social layer of the internet.

The purpose of Identity Commons is to support, facilitate, and promote the creation of an open identity layer for the Internet -- one that maximizes control, convenience, and privacy for the individual while encouraging the development of healthy, interoperable communities.

Identity Commons is open, inclusive, and bottoms-up, community of groups. They share an agreement and agree to abide by a set of principles to help assure this. Membership resides in the Community Groups. There is a Stewards Council - with a representative from each group.

We designed the community structure to be particularly inclusive to support broad information and sharing and encourage collaboration across a range of groups:

  • Independent Organizations - examples of that form are the Data Portability Project, OpenID Foundation and
  • Groups that are sub-groups within Organizations - examples include the Higgins Project (Eclipse Foundation) and Project VRM (Harvard Berkman Center)
  • Groups that are co-hosted with other organizations - NSTIC.US (eCitizen Foundation, Kantara and ID Commons)
  • Groups that just part of Identity Commons examples include Internet Identity Workshop, OSIS (Open Source Identity Systems), ID-Legal, Digital Death, Kids Online.

We provide a minimal structure for supporting group and community activities, and we hold space for the entire community to collaborate, and facilitate dialogue so that collaborative action and initiatives towards for filling our purpose are possible. Shared understanding and shared language are pre-cursors of high-performance collaboration and come about via shared community space.

You can learn more about our History and Background and organizational details Articles Of Incorporation, Bylaws, Identity Commons Brand Transfer.

Get Involved

  • Join one of the Community Groups - Identity Commons is organized as a set of distributed working groups.
  • Attend a community conference
    • Internet Identity Workshops happen every 6 months in Mountain View and there are Satellite events around the world and connected to other conferences.
  • Participate in telecons - See Stewards Council Telecons for information about how to participate in our quarterly (and sometimes more) calls, which are open to everyone in the Identity Commons community.
  • Edit the ID Commons Wiki - Use your OpenID URL or i-name to login, and follow the instructions. See [Wikimedia Help] for more information.


Learn More About the Organization


Learn More about the Identity Space

  • Identity Landscape is a community-wide project to produce a living "map" of the Internet identity space, including efforts both inside and outside Identity Commons. All community members are invited to contribute.
  • The Identity Gang Working Group maintains a list of resources for the user-centric identity space.
  • Lexicon is a project of the Identity Gang to harmonize vocabulary for user-centric identity architecture.



Nick Givotovsky