New Deal for Digital Identity - 'Open Mustard Seed' and 'The Windhover Transition'

I don’t like any of this myself. My test of these groups would be simple: Do you support a ProjectSAFE?


Why 20 Bitcoin Companies Are Backing a New Deal for Digital Identity

Who and what

ID3 are building an Open Source, Secure and Trusted Platform (Open Mustard Seed) to Advance Digital Currency Transactions…an Industry-Wide Initiative Based on Windhover Principles

Both founders of ID3, Sandy Pentland and John Clippinger, are also members of the World Economic Forum Leadership Telecom Council and have been active working with the WEF ( in developing a new approach to protecting and sharing personal information as well as developing new approaches to “digital governance”. As part of that effort, we have undertaken Project Mustard Seed to develop an open mobile platform to support a variety of developmental initiatives in health, education, agriculture, and finance.

ID3 is undertaking the development and deployment of an open, trusted and secure mobile platform where anyone anywhere can acquire, protect, share, and monetize data to enable self governing applications and services to improve their lives and the lives of others. The goal is to make this sufficiently simple and ubiquitous that anyone, anywhere can set up their own trusted social network and applications.

Sandy Pentland - Sustainable Digital Ecology

The Windhover Principles for Digital Identity, Trust and Data

(1) Self-Sovereignty of Digital Identity and Personal Data:

Individuals and groups should have control of their digital personal identities and personal data.

Today we communicate, share and transact digitally over the Internet. Individuals who make use of the Internet for these purposes should have control over their digital identities, ensuring individual autonomy, trust in their communications and counter parties, as well as in the integrity of the data they share and transact with.

Individuals, not social networks, governments, or corporations, should control their identity credentials and personal data. Control of one’s identity and personal data means that people should have unfettered access to their personal data, the ability to verify attributes of their personal identity profiles, and the ability to prevent unauthorized public and private access.

We support the collaborative open source development of systems that embody these principles and recognize the need to address the requirements of legacy regulatory mechanisms, including by evolving innovative digital technologies to improve privacy, governance and enforcement.

(2) Proportionate Enforcement and Risk-Based Regulation:

Enhancing / improving personal privacy while promoting effective governance and accommodating legitimate auditing and enforcement needs.

We encourage innovation in identity, trust, security, and data technologies and policies to provide effective methods to address governance and enforcement concerns. Governance includes the concepts of transparency and accountability necessary to protect digital transactions from abuse. We believe these technologies can address public policy interests by enabling appropriate access and verification of identity data. Entities and individuals, acting on the basis of verifiable approvals, including due process and appropriate warrants, should be able to access such data through specific and auditable means. New and evolving digital technologies make it possible to protect an individual’s privacy while providing authorized government access to customer identification, due diligence and transaction monitoring information for legally authorized needs.

(3) Ensuring Innovation in Trust and Privacy:

An effective, autonomous identity system reiteratively furthers trust, security, governance, accountability and privacy.

Protecting privacy and fostering trust and governance are foundational Windhover Principles that support a fully functional identity system designed to collect and analyze data in a network in which identities are continuously and independently authenticated. These core principles are intended to foster development of more trustworthy, effective and resilient products and services to minimize the risks and costs of fraud, money laundering, terrorist financing and other criminal activity.

(4) Open Source Collaboration and Continuous Innovation:

An inclusive, open source methodology to build systems that embody these principles.

Supporters of the Windhover Principles agree to cooperate to build systems that deliver these requirements and to participate in Living Labs to develop strong and innovative technical product solutions that interoperate to meet these challenges.

Open Mustard Seed

Rule of Law Engine plugin for OMS

ID3 are promoting this book:

PDF: From Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond

What can we learn from Bitcoin and Burning Man about re-inventing money and designing better forms of self-governance?

Why are “decentralized autonomous organizations” the next great Internet disruption?

From Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond: The Quest for Autonomy and Identity in a Digital Society explores a new generation of digital technologies that are re-imagining the very foundations of identity, governance, trust and social organization.

The fifteen essays of this book stake out the foundations of a new future – a future of open Web standards and data commons, a society of decentralized autonomous organizations, a world of trustworthy digital currencies and self-organized and expressive communities like Burning Man.


  1. Social Computing and Big Data
  2. Why Self-Sovereignty Matters
  3. The Next Great Internet Disruption
  4. The New Mestieri Culture of Artisans
  5. Burning Man
  6. The Internet of Money
  7. Why Complementary Currencies Are Necessary to Financial Stability
  8. Ven and the Nature of Money
  9. Green Coins
  10. Africa, Digital Identity and the Beginning of the End for Coins
  11. The Logic of Holonic Systems
  12. The Algorithmic Governance of Common-Pool Resources
  13. The ID3 Open Mustard Seed Platform
  14. The Relational Matrix:
  15. The Necessity of Standards for the Open Society

The goal of Holonics is to attain the benefits that holonic organization provides to living organisms and societies, e.g., stability in the face of disturbances, adaptability and flexibility in the face of change, and efficient use of available resources.

Holonics combines the best features of hierarchical (“top down”) and heterarchical (“bottom up”, “cooperative”) organizational structures as the situation dictates. This concept can preserve the stability of hierarchy while providing the dynamic flexibility of heterarchies.

Quick references -

Holon: An autonomous and cooperative building block of a system for transforming, transporting, storing and/or validating information and physical objects. The holon consists of an information processing part and often a physical processing part. A holon can be part of another holon.

Autonomy: The capability of an entity to create and control the execution of its own plans and/or strategies.

Cooperation: A process whereby a set of entities develops mutually acceptable plans and executes these plans.

Holarchy: A system of holons that can cooperate to achieve a goal or objective. The holarchy defines the basic rules for cooperation of the holons and thereby limits their autonomy.

Holonic Production System: A holarchy that integrates the entire range of activities from order booking through design, production, and marketing to realize the agile enterprise.

Holonic Attributes: The attributes of an entity that make it a holon. The minimum set is autonomy and cooperativeness.

Holonomy: The extent to which an entity exhibits holonic attributes.

Goodness I hope that the people who are coding things based on these Windhover Principles don’t include oxymoron’s like accommodating “legitimate” auditing and enforcement needs."

It’s good for you, great for us…we dont even need to backdoor your iphone.

Wakey wakey folks…your sleeping…

From Colin Gallagher (Bitcoin Foundation member, member of Bitcoin Foundation Education Committee, member of Advisory Boards for Lifeboat Foundation)

An open letter on the Bitcoin Foundation forum:


To all Bitcoin-based businesses,

In part, my decision to close these accounts is due to the decision of BitPay, Bitstamp, and many other companies, to back the deeply flawed Windhover proposal

With a sense of regret, I must announce that I’m beginning a process of closing my accounts with BitPay, Coinbase, and various other web-based bitcoin services, including, but not limited to, any accounts I have on brokerages or exchanges whose services are presented primarily through website-based interfaces. This message has first been posted on the Bitcoin Foundation forum, and will be sent by e-mail to bitcoin businesses or software project contacts listed above. This is a difficult decision, especially since I have watched as companies like BitPay and Coinbase lead the way with innovations (such as BitPay’s Copay, and Coinbase’s collaboration with BitMonet to facilitate micropayments). While this decision will not make my life easier, I consider it to ethically sound, and I look forward to using more decentralized models, such as (but not limited to) those presented by OpenBazaar, BitXBay, Counterparty, and Lighthouse, for my use in the very near future.