REFEDs – International Federation Peering Workshop: The Policy Issues

Aim of Workshop

The workshop discussed issues (mainly at policy level) that are involved and should be considered when two or more federation peer among each other. The workshop aimed to define a prototype agreement that federations should be able to follow in peering or confederations scenarios.

To make the discussion more focused and productive, participation to the meeting was limited to those people really involved in the deployment of their national federations.

Workshop Report

To learn more about the outcome of the workshop, please read the workshop report.

Venue and Hotels

The meeting was kindly hosted by CESNET.


09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and introduction

Ingrid Melve, UNINETT
09:30 – 10:30 A Few Federation Updates, with emphasis on interfederation or inter-sector issues:

– FEIDE (Ingrid Melve)
– UK Access Management (Andrew Cormack, JANET(UK))
– InCommon (Ken Klingenstein, I2)
– Corporate and eGov (Robin Wilton, Liberty Alliance)
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 Interfederation Use cases

Chair: Ken Kinglenstein
– Common Inter-federation needs
(See also the info on the ENISA wiki )
– Use of proxies
11:30 – 12:15 Terms of Reference

Chair: Andrew Cormack
– Categories of relationships between federations (peering, overlapped, leveraged, confederation, hierarchical, etc.)
– Multi-homed institutions: pros and con
– Transitivity situations: necessary? desirable?
– Categories of policy issues
– Service models: trust broker, bulk services provider, etc.
– Business models: uniform fees, RP pays, subsidized, etc.
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Attributes

Chair: Diego Lopez
– Validity requirements
– Policy
– Privacy requirements
– Special identifiers: User specified? RP specified? Transient?
14:30 – 15:30 LOA

Chair: TBC
– Credentials? Attributes? Both?
– POP management and/or requirements
– Audit or not? Who does it? Who sees it?
– Federation practices in support of LOA
– Standard practices between federations
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:30 Legal and Financial aspect

Chair: Andrew Cormack
– Liability issues
– Financial Considerations (dues, transactions, etc)
– Dispute Resolution
– Can the federation commit its members?
16:30 – 17:00 Working with commercial federations? Non NREN academic federations?

Panel Discussion
17:00 – 17:30 Technical issues:

Chair: TBC
– Trust anchors and use of commercial CA’s
– Help desk and problem resolution
17:30 – 18:00 Wrap-ups and next steps: Where to continue and how