As most of you know, July 4, 1776, “The United States Declaration of Independence” was announced.
Today, 235 years later, bunch of people flocking around the identity and privacy space, are announcing Declaration of Identity.
Declaration of Identity
Wherefore the requirement of human interaction must needs identify that portion or those portions of our countenance that comprise the essential attributes of individual being to accommodate particular discourse, it becomes incumbent upon the larger society to establish and perpetuate the representation of identity in such ways as to engender trust for all. And that high calling necessitates the establishment of transparent facilities consistent in assurance to reliant parties, and dependable for integrity of the self and the many privacies enabled thereby, ever consistent with the context of such particular discourse. We in the current state of human condition recognize and declare our rightful dominion over innate identity, the ascendant interest thereof, and our obligation to recognize and act in accordance with such interest in others.
While recognizing the derived authority of present democratic nation states comprised and even defined by the collective aggregation of individuals sharing common purposes, no nation state to this day has been comprised of the totality of all individuals, intrinsically limiting their respective authority as it pertains to these fundamental rights associated with innate identity. Therefore while remaining subject to the recognized rule of law embedded within a nation state, it is within the right and proper expectation of each person in matters relating to innate identity to transcend inconsistent nation state rules without thereby manifesting a desire to diminish or usurp such authority in other matters, with full and proper election to associate aspects of such identity with any other immutable or transient attribute, be it nationality, origin, culture, heritage, religion, belief, creed, gender, age, or any other that expresses or establishes identity through choice of acknowledged relationship without regard to limitations thrust upon them and fully acknowledging that others will do likewise.
Whence the ability to assert innate identity is not respected by a sovereign, that portion of the innate identity associated with its expression suffers diminution, and conjointly diminished is the source of the sovereign’s authority derived from that expression of choice and deference of the population of its individuals.
Whereby the laws of these nation states govern behavior, we bestow upon them the duty to create rules consistent with our common purpose of mutual respect, protection, and fulfillment of the integrity of innate identity, and beseech of them support and promotion of standardized means for its interface to the benefit of those so governed, or alternately advocacy of good and proper means for self-governance, whilst each retaining our own election and control of the discrete definition and selected exposure of our various individual attributes and personas in a manner that advances the overall health of society by dint of those means.
And in regard to forms of agreement (whether negotiated or executory) with entities that seek to limit their exposure to liability for damage-causing breach of their promise to respect our innate identity and to preserve its integrity, we assert the superseding right to at any time know, review and prospectively repudiate any legal terms and conditions of such agreements that are in conflict with the aforesaid innate identity, while understanding that these actions might introduce self determined limitation to previously afforded benefits.
By highest authority this right to act to preserve the integrity of innate identity determination and expression requires the ability for discovery of all personal identity data regardless of locale, the plain understanding of how they are used, and the enumerated parties to whom they are exposed. But recognizing that mere understanding does not equate to the ability to preserve and enjoy rights, we declare each individual has the right to control over their innate identity, and by extension is due predomination to attain an intuitive state of privacy and the context appropriate ability to control access to that data by each other party.
We, therefore, on behalf of our fellow sentient citizens, being in distributed congress yet sharing one voice, appeal in the spirit of that highest authority as we publish and declare our own sovereignty over free and independent determination and expression of innate identity and establish globally for each and every entity the individual ownership and enjoyment of the rights associated therewith. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of universal Providence, we pledge to one another the richness of our intellectual abilities, the commitment of our innovation, and the bold endeavors required to bring to fruition these lofty ideals for all.
Having been working on Digital Identity since 2000.
Co-author of various identity related specifications like OpenID Connect, JSON Web Token.
Chair of the OpenID Foundation (2011-)
Vice Chair of the OpenID Foundation (2010),
Founder of OpenID Foundation Japan (2008-),
Trustee of Kantara Initiative (2009-).