The ITU standard was first issued around 1988, and has been updated
since, there's currently a great deal of interest in using it to create
a for profit user based directory, or something that might be run out of
a combined authentication/authorization government effort, which would include hooks into Homeland Security, etc as well as glue for other identity management systems.
For example, a namespace listing in c=US would look like
cn=Peter Bachman, o=Cequs Inc., c=US
A listing in a DNS based ldap server would look like
cn=Peter Bachman, o=Cequs Inc. dc=cequs, dc=com
Both are in current use.
Some of the topics I'd be interested in hearing about from the policy
wonks out there would be in areas such as:
1. Democratic participation on the Cequs board.
2. Election techniques for board members
3. Developing enforcable guidelines to protect user privacy
and other rights
4. Security Issues
5. Government negotiation issues
6. International information sharing among govt agencies, (especially
LE and Intel) in regards to directory information.
8. Information classification issues between agreeing parties such
as Executive Order #12958
If you are interested in authoring a whitepaper, looking into the
issues, please contact me. This is along the lines of
similar research going on in Europe by the E.U.
Bear in mind that the primary issues are regarding protection of rights,
legal issues, information sharing and governance, not the technical issues
of running namespaces, root servers, LDAP/ X.500 and DNS.
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