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Changes at PDEC – New Communications Director

There are several changes happening at PDEC.

Kaliya has a new job! Yeah! She is co-CEO of the Leola Group with her partner William Dyson. She has more about the story on her blog. It is a continuation of the efemurl project that she has been working with him on since September.

We have created a 6 month long transition plan for the organization/community to new leadership. We are pleased to announce as part of this we have brought on Dean Landsman to serve as Communications Director and among other things host regular community calls and host a podcast. Dean will be presenting about his new role with PDEC at the Personal Data Meetup in NYC on Monday.

The first of what will become a monthly PDEC Community Call (for startup members of PDEC) will hosted by Dean on August 6th at 8am pacific, 11am eastern, 4pm UK, 5pm Continental Europe.  [If you want to be a startup member you can apply on this site under Join Us].

Dean and I did a little video to explain when we met up in NYC last weekend when I was presenting at HOPEX (Hackers on Planet Earth 10).

KaliyaDeanNYJuly14 from Kaliya IdentityWoman on Vimeo.

As part of taking on the Co-CEO role in the new company Kaliya has taken into account the time needed to properly transition out of her role as PDEC Executive Director.  Jean Russell, who is also the COO of the Leola Group and has worked on PDEC operations, will dedicate some of her time during the transition period to supporting Kaliya and the PDEC community with the transition.

We are in the process of forming a Governance Committee to develop a plan in that realm and the logical conclusion of that will be to hire a new Executive Director.  We welcome your comments and suggestions, and please let us know if you would like to participate in the Governance Committee.

FLIP Labs is coming to IIW

Theory of Change.  What’s that? We have to figure ours out. 

Theory of change is a buzz word from the philanthropic and social change worlds. It is how you explain how you think change happens and it impacts how you invest your time and money to create the change you seek in the world. 

I have had a Theory of Change crisis. In bringing small companies together to grow an ecosystem would help bring it about.  I thought we could publish a journal and track the industry as it evolved.  

Connecting the startups isn’t enough. We have to connect to potential funders, partners and more importantly proactively shape and make markets.  

Knowing this I went to a conference at the end of March called Leaders Shaping Markets. I met folks from around the country working on creating change by engaging the mechanics of markets.  I connected with Cheryle Dahle (Former writer for Fast Company) and Peter Battisti with the Future of Fish for the past 4 years they have been working on shaping transforming Fish Markets.  

FLIP Labs is having success transforming fish markets and are working to expand to other markets.

They are having success and are currently working expanding their efforts via FLIP Labs to other They have a three phases method

* Discovery. Re-framing a problem, approaching a challenge with new eyes, flipping the underlying assumptions

* Co-Design. The best solutions are designed by the “residents” of a system, newly armed with fresh insights.

* Pod Facilitation. Consultants often vanish after writing reports. The Flip Labs team embeds in a system and works with practitioners to hatch solutions, to stand alongside them in the messy process of execution.

Our collective community work is well into the Discovery phase.

 Gabriel is flying in from Seattle to share with us more about how their work and to meet with us to learn more about how we can work together to create Ethical Data Markets.

NSTIC & Ethical Data Markets

Today I sent a letter out to the Startups in the Consortium. I thought I should post some of what I said to them here.

There are now a few work products that we [PDEC] should review, the NSTIC Functional Model Elements & contents of Trust Frameworks. 

I will be hosting a session at IIW to discuss how personal clouds can fit in their model and bringing the leaders of that in via skype. 

Trust frameworks one way to think of them is the contract glue that enables ID Technologies to operate in the real world. I am concerned by the number of companies and pilots that have strong defense industry ties.  It is clear to me that the predominant world view they have as companies is not user-centric.  I think we should consider writing a letter to NSTIC to explain key aspects of our worldview – essential elements to making the vision of NSTIC real.

Ethical Data Markets & New Business Models have surfaced in NSTIC. 

They were listed as a node we co-created last week. We should also work to share some of our progress on making this happen with the organization. 

Mesh Federation

Mesh Federation

A Mesh Federation provides a legal and policy umbrella so that institutions can interact with one another but does not specify technical methods. Each member organization issues digital identities for its people and the federation agreement provides the legal framework for them to use one another’s resources.  The federation agreement might specify governance, policy, or roles, but the member institutions are free to implement using whatever technologies they like. This is referred to as a mesh because participating services connect directly with one one another in order to authenticate identities. For contrast, a federation network that provides a central identity clearing house is referred to a Technical federation (discussed below).

Examples:  Mesh federations were pioneered by educational institutions. Universities already had a culture of cooperation and realized that the interest of students and research goals of faculty were best served by the free flow of information. NRENS (National Research and Education Networks) around the world include InCommon in the US, SurfnNET in the Netherlands, and JISC/Janet in the UK.

When to use: Large institutions wish to share resources and can agree on roles and governance, but do not need a central point for authenticating identity.

Advantages:  Federation participants don’t need to negotiate custom agreements with every other member.

Disadvantages: Because of the need to gather broad adoption, mesh federations may be limited to the most common roles and might not cover complex use cases.

Ability to Scale: Because the mesh federation provides a standard contract, it scales to a large number of members.