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... to, the network home of PIB-d Ltd

PIB-d is a joint-venture between organisations in the UK’s HE sector and the founders of an earlier private sector start-up, Edentity Ltd. Further details about the JV partners can be found in the 'About PIB-d' section.

Our idea is that, in time, an individual will be able to choose a 'personal information broker (PIB)' from a managed market, and use then his broker account to: (i) register with, sign-on to, and communicate with, multiple counterparties, both organisations (initially learning providers) and individuals (initially fellow students); and (ii) give explicit permission for the transmission of trustworthy personal information (which may include 'identity') to and between such counterparties. Others terms for ideas in the same area as PIB include 'personal data store', 'personal information management service', 'life management platform', and 'personal cloud'.

PIB can be thought of as a pulling-together of development trends from the fields of payment systems, user-centric identity-management, social networking, and telecommunications. It offers benefits to all parties: individuals will gain control of their personal information, and so can do more things on the web without risking their privacy; while organisations will see: (i) reductions in the costs of securely authenticating, and obtaining trustworthy personal information about, individuals; and (ii) reductions in the costs of customer acquisition (or employee recruitment or citizen participation) as their marketing becomes ever more focused on those likely to engage.

PIB-d has now completed an initial feasibility study. You can find out more, both about the PIB concept and the development company, by browsing this site. There are also a number of relevant white-ish papers.