Identity Commons

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Identity Commons (IC) was originally founded in 2001 to support the emergence of a user-centric layer of the web. In 2007 it was restructured and become a nonprofit organization incorporated in Florida to support a community of working groups focused on different aspects of making a user-centric identity layer real.

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Its founders Owen Davis and Andrew Nelson thought that an innovative organizational structure would be best to support end users being in control and having autonomy on this layer of the web. They modeled the organization on aspects of how Visa International was structured and imagined membership belonging to the people. The organization presented at the first Internet Identity Workshop in 2005.

This was from the initial IC entry on Wikipedia.<blockquote>Identity Commons was originally conceived to be the first trust federation implementing Dataweb technology to build an open global network for persistent identity and trusted data sharing. Identity Commons worked with to implement the first global i-name registry services based on the OASIS XRI and XDI specifications. Identity Commons was going to be an international non-stock membership organization similar to Visa, and was inspired by the concepts of chaordic organization developed by Dee Hock (founding CEO of Visa). Although open to any organization, its initial participants are largely civil society organizations (non-profits, NGOs, foundations, etc.) and their service providers who wish...
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