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Scalable Privacy: An NSTIC Pilot for the Identity Ecosystem


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The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) initiative is a "White House initiative to work collaboratively with the private sector, advocacy groups and public-sector agencies" with the goal of advancing the "NSTIC vision that individuals and organizations adopt secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity credentials to access online services in a way that promotes confidence, privacy, choice and innovation." The Internet2 Scalable Privacy Project (ScalePriv) is one of five pilot projects to receive funding from the first round of pilot funding in September 2012. The ScalePriv Project contains several major thrusts around identity and privacy, including a focus on:

  1. Promoting the adoption of Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) across Higher Education institutions.
  2. Attribute ecosystem development: Attribute


  1. registries,


  1. bundles and


  1. entity categories.
  2. Citizen-


  1. Centric Schema.
  2. Privacy Manager.
  3. Anonymous


  1. Credentials.
  2. Lifestyles of the Attribute Rich and Privacy Preserved

Scalable Privacy Project Overview (



Scalable Privacy Website

Key focus areas of the ScalePriv Project

1. Multi-Factor Authentication

  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) in Higher Education – MFA Cohortium and Pilots. This is the original starting page for the two key thrusts within the MFA project focus area.
  • MFA Cohortium - Current primary website for the MFA Cohortium effort



Trust and the Attribute Ecosystem

Periodic Table of Trust Elements

3. Citizen-Centric Schema

4. Privacy Manager



 Lifestyles of the Attribute Rich and Privacy Preserved

6. Anonymous Credentials


Supporting and Reference materials

Reference docs

This is a collection of documents that are useful background and/or resources for the full range of ScalePriv project activities.


On the utility of context in assessing privacy dimensions of online scenarios


  • Reading Notes on Helen Nissenbaum's Privacy in Context:Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life
  • See Andrew Cormack's reflections on how this approach does and doesn't help us in thinking through federated identity and access management contexts