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WPIG Credentials Task Force proposal

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Thu, 05 Nov 2015 23:48:27 -0500
Message-ID: <563C311B.40403@digitalbazaar.com>
To: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Hi all,

Per our discussion earlier this week[1], I've put together a proposal
for a Web Payments Interest Group (WPIG) Credentials Task Force:


The plan is to discuss the proposal on next Monday's WPIG call. If you
have suggestions on changes or additions, please send them to the
mailing list by responding to this email.

The full-text of the proposal can be found below.

WPIG Credentials Task Force


   Determine if a Credentials Working Group should be created at the
   W3C by analyzing and responding to concerns raised at W3C TPAC
   around the value-add that W3C could provide in the space.

Problem Statement

   There is currently no widely used standard (measured in hundreds
   of millions of people) for expressing and transacting digital
   credentials on the Web.

   Data has been gathered demonstrating[2] a desire to create an
   interoperable credentials ecosystem that is standardized around
   the expression and transmission of credentials. Namely, the
   following features have been identified by the industry survey as

     * A standard data format for a credential container
     * Issuing verifiable credentials (e.g. educational transcripts,
       professional licenses, digital government IDs, etc.)
     * Storing verifiable credentials at arbitrary identity
     * Requesting verifiable credentials from people and
     * Revoking issued credentials
     * Web Browser APIs for issuing, storing, and consuming
     * User-centric credentials (credential holder is in control of
       their own credentials)
     * Privacy-enhanced credentials (ensuring privacy when sharing
       certain credentials)
     * Credential portability (credential holder should be able to
       easily move credentials from one provider to another)


     * Create comparison between Identity Credentials and OpenID
     * Create comparison between Identity Credentials and SAML
     * Reach out to Brad Hill, Richard Barnes, and see how they'd
       solve the problem
     * Create comparison between Linked Data Signatures and JOSE
     * A Credentials Vision document
     * A Credentials Use Cases document
     * A Credentials Roadmap document
     * Create Credentials WG charter if W3C value-add is clear

Success criteria


     * Clear documentation demonstrating that W3C cannot add value in
       this area, or
     * A well-socialized W3C Credentials Working Group charter (and
       supporting documentation) that would go to a W3C AC vote.

Task Force Operation

   If formed, the WPIG Credentials Task Force will:

     * be composed of representatives from the Financial sector,
       Education, Healthcare, and Government
     * Have weekly calls on Tuesdays at 11am ET on a to-be-determined
       teleconference bridge
     * Work on completing the deliverables outlined above
     * Will have an answer around whether to create a Credentials WG
       to the WPIG by early February


     * Coordinate with Credentials CG
     * IETF Identity initiative
     * Chairs of security groups in various organizations
     * IMS Global and other education initiatives
     * Verisys and other healthcare initiatives

Milestones / Timelines

     * 2015-11 - Discussion of Credentials Task Force Proposal and if
       all goes well, the creation of the Task Force
     * 2015-12 - Perform background research listed in deliverables
     * 2015-01 - Start drafting charter for feedback, start
       finalizing input documents to future WG
     * 2016-02 - Publish background research findings, finalize draft
       charter, finalize input documents
     * 2016-03 - Co-locate face-to-face meeting with WPIG to discuss
       path forward (AC review, WG creation, etc.)

-- manu

[1] http://opencreds.org/minutes/2015-11-03/
[2] http://opencreds.org/presentations/2015/w3c-tpac/anonymized.html

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: Web Payments: The Architect, the Sage, and the Moral Voice
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