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EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon Respond to NOI on NSTIC Governance

EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon submitted its response to the Notice of Inquiry (NOI) from NIST regarding the Governance of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.  The NOI asked for responses on the following topics:

  • Structure of the Steering Group
  • Steering Group Initiation
  • Representation of Stakeholders in the Steering Group
  • International Dimensions

The comments offered perspectives from the research and education community including the following point of caution:

We are concerned that the NSTIC vision may be overly ambitious in scope and scale and the resulting complexity could mean that it will take many years to come to fruition. The desired inclusiveness brings with it potential for a no-win situation. Trying to reconcile differences among a variety of stakeholders is a major undertaking: some may not want the NSTIC to succeed; others may have widely differing goals.

The combined organizational response called for the creation of a steering group that could help coordinate communication and collaboration among existing efforts as well as stimulate new activity. However, the comments called for a public-private partnership with a limited government role. Leadership should come from the private sector, including experts from academia who operate campus identity management infrastructures and who contribute to the success of federations such as InCommon.

NIST is expected to issue a report in the Fall summarizing the responses received and recommending a course of action.