Monday, September 19, 2005

REAL ID Act forum/symposium

Dan Greenwood has asked me to extend the following invitation to the MIT public forums on the REAL ID Act of 2005, which I'm very pleased to do.

You are invited to participate in the first Real ID Forum, convened by the MIT Media Lab and MIT E-Commerce Architecture Program. The first forum is an online discussion, facilitated by experts in the relevant fields, and taking place from Monday, September 19th at 3pm Eastern Time through Friday, September 23rd. Is the Real ID going to be a National Identity for the USA? Does it represent the ultimate convergence of physical identity cards and your digital log in? Are the privacy, civil liberties and administrative issues addressed adequately? How should the various competing interests surrounding implementation of the Real ID Act be balanced? These are among the questions that will be addressed in the online Forum. There will also be a face to face meeting, held at the MIT Media Lab in November, 2005. To find out more information and to register for this free program, please click the link above.

The tracks and moderators include:

Track 1. Real ID And National Convergence of Physical and Digital Identity (facilitated by Dan Combs, President of Global Identity Solution)

Track 2: The Need for a Secure Driver License (facilitated by Colleen Gilbert, Executive Director, Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License)

Track 3: The Need for Privacy and Civil Liberties (facilitated by Lee Tien, /Senior Staff Attorney, /Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Track 4: Practical Implementation Issues (facilitated by David Lewis, Former CIO, Massachusetts and President of American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators)

Track 5: Balancing Interests Going Forward (facilitated by Professor Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law)

In addition, there will be a section of the web site called What is Real ID? This is where we'll house the background information on the Act itself.

While you are encouraged to register and participate from the start of this event, we will be accepting new participants throughout the week. We sincerely hope you will join us for this important and timely event.

Best regards,
- Daniel Greenwood
Lecturer, MIT Media Lab and Director of the MIT E-Commerce Architecture Program

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