The Identity Mashup Conference is a three-day event hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. The goal of the conference is to explore the role of identity systems (tools that let users and merchants know whom to trust on the web) in furthering or inhibiting privacy, civil liberties and new forms of civic participation and commerce.


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who controls & protects the digital me?

A variety of parties — governments, technology companies, international agencies, non-profits, financial institutions, health organizations, and merchants among them — are clamoring for identity systems to address a spectrum of issues from terrorism and child pornography to identity theft and spam. The proposals vary dramatically from national ID cards with centralized data stores and a single universal identifier to highly-distributed “user-centric” models with distributed data stores and authenticated anonymity. The goal of this conference is to examine the problems these organizations are trying to address and assess which solutions offer the greatest benefit.

There will be three main tracks:

  1. Towards Open Identity and Security: The Interface of Technology and Law
  2. Wild and Walled Gardens: Trust, Reputation and Community Building
  3. Disruptive Technologies and Business Models: Power Laws and Power Shifts: The End-User Revolution

Day One of the conference will consist of plenary sessions. Half of day two will be concurrent breakouts within each track, and the other half will be plenary sessions. Day Three will be a total mashup event with open discussion based on the conversations of the past two days.

Registration costs are: $450 for corporate, $250 for non-profit, $50 for students (must present valid student ID)

Questions? Contact Catherine Bracy (cbracy at cyber.law.harvard.edu or 617.495.7547)