Sensemaking Series: Internet Identity

Digital identity has always posed unique social and technical challenges centered around security, privacy, and convenience. The Internet has made these challenges even more complex. The good news is that a number of new technologies are creating new opportunities for creating a secure and private Internet, where individuals are in control of their own data. This is a win-win scenario, because it creates new opportunities for service providers. The challenge is that this area is complex and rapidly changing.

Our coach, Gabe Wachob, will help you navigate this space quickly and act on this information intelligently. He will:


The next series starts on Thursday, April 23, 2009 and goes until May 14, 2009.:

Thursdays at 11am PT / 2pm ET
(begins April 23, 2009; ends May 14, 2009)

The series costs $495 ($395 for nonprofit/educational institutions), which includes four sessions. Each series is limited to 5 participants. Registration ends Friday, April 17, 2009, so don’t delay!

If you have questions or suggestions for future series, please contact us.

Gabe Wachob

Gabe is a recognized leader in the digital identity community. He began his digital identity work by advising Visa International (now Visa, Inc.) on the applicability of emerging digital identity standards to Visa's work on the Internet and beyond.

He then returned to his roots in the startup world to focus on digital identity issues and the various identity efforts in the community, including helping to shape the intellectual property policy and rules around such efforts as OpenID, OAuth, and XRI/i-Names.

Gabe is currently at Socialtext, focusing on enterprise social software. He is a board member of the Open Web Foundation, a former co-chair of the XRI Technical Committee, and an advisor to the OpenID Foundation board on IPR policies. Gabe has a BA in Computer Science and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law.

What People Are Saying About Gabe

"Gabe has been part of the ongoing discussion around both the technical and policy issues of digital identity since the early discussions at the Internet Identity Workshops. He's equally comfortable discussing technical issues with hands-on coders as he is discussing policy issues with corporate decision makers."

Phil Windley, author of Digital Identity (O'Reilly & Associates 2005), cofounder of the Internet Identity Workshops, and former CIO, State of Utah.

"Gabe has been an active and important contributor to the OpenID and digital identity communities since their inception. His unique combination of technical skills and legal training, as well as his friendliness and good humor, have helped guide the community through a thicket of challenging issues."

David Recordon, OpenID Foundation founding board member, open standards (OpenID, OAuth, etc.) evangelist, and digital identity thought leader