NSTIC Notes (UPDATE) - Commerce NOI Hits the Street

Last week I mentioned that today’s NSTIC governance workshop was to form some consensus and alignment in front of Commerce’s forthcoming request for guidance around the formation of the NSTIC Steering Committee. To help us hit the ground running, Dept. of Commerce put their Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on the street yesterday afternoon. Here’s the high level synopsis of what Commerce is looking for:

- As with NSTIC generally, commentary is invited from all sectors: public, private, academic, privacy advocacy, and civil rights.

- The NOI will be seeking comments on the governance (not the actual formation) of the Steering Committee and the Identity Ecosystem.

- The NOI is not currently seeking comment on items like trustmark specifics or accreditation processes (these issues will be addressed by the steering committee at a later date.)

- Comments should help build and support the Identity Ecosystem: an online environment where individuals and organizations can trust each other because they rely on standards to obtain & authenticate identities and devices.

- And suggestions should be mindful of the 4 primary principles of the Strategy

o Interoperability

o Privacy-enhancing and voluntary

o Security and resiliency

o Cost-effective and easy to use

- The key comment areas are broken into 4 domains:

o Structure of the Steering Committee: How to appropriately structure to accommodate for various sectors, their regulations (or lack thereof), and the best interests of the broader public at large.

o Steering Committee Initiation: Speed in forming the committee is critical – some potential models (in the very high level) are mentioned.

o Representing Stakeholders in the Committee: Seeking balance for interested parties and ensuring a voice for the (likely) underrepresented.

o International Considerations: To be successful NSTIC can’t exist in a vacuum from international technologies and policies

Submissions to Commerce will be digested as a departmental report of Government recommendations for establishing the NSTIC steering committee. Those submissions need to be in by July 22. That’s the backdrop for the Governance Workshop I’m attending right now…updates and highlights to follow.
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