1. The Future of Convergence Around an Internet-Scale Identity System

The year is 2012, and we have finally achieved an Internet-scale identity system. Please answer the following questions about how we achieved this state.

* 1. What were the different approaches that we took to achieve Internet-scale identity?

* 2. Did the government have a role in this achievement?

* 3. If your answer to the above question was yes, what role did the government play?

* 4. What challenges had to be overcome to achieve this goal in different countries with major Internet usage? How did the international and national developments differ?

* 5. What new market services/business models emerged in relation to Internet-scale identity?

* 6. How were the usability issues resolved? For example:

- interface design
- cross-platform usage
- "ceremony" -- a human-machine interface process that reassures or warns a user about the outcome of the identity or authentication process

* 7. What were the roles/options for pseudonymity and anonymity within the Internet-Scale identity?

* 8. How did the cost of energy and transportation affect the demand for Internet-scale identity? What possible solutions to the energy/transportation crisis did Internet-scale identity make possible?

* 9. How does the movement toward open source education affect the demand for Internet-scale identity?

* 10. How are biometrics used in Internet-scale identity?

* 11. How did the development of the Semantic Web affect the development of Internet-scale identity?