I asked Scott David from K&L Gates to share his answer to Why should attorneys attend IIW?
The Internet Identity Workshop (the “IIW”) offers attorneys an opportunity to be involved first hand in discussions with representatives of companies, government entities and community groups working to develop an “identity” layer for the internet (and related networked data and information systems).
The identity layer can help to provide legal “scaffolding” for the exponentially growing, and increasingly valuable, data and information “pile” that does not currently enjoy the benefits of a comprehensive legal structure.
In order to further normalize and regularize the trillions of identity/attribute-dependent interactions that occur daily (aggregating email, social networking, search, and voice communications) across multiple platforms, in different industries and different legal jurisdictions, the development of standardized technology tools and legal rules is critical to the development of systems that handle information for the three main user groups. These include those stakeholders in commercial markets, social communities and political governance structures that use networked information
IIW is one place that the discussion is taking place among technologists, policy and management folks and attorneys; working together to build data/identity infrastructure to serve these emerging needs.