From ICANNWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Type: Non-Profit
Industry: Internet Identities
Founded: July, 2000
Founder(s): Cordance
Ownership: Public
Website: XDI.org
Key People
Drummond Reed, Secretary

Dr. Bill Washburn, Chairman
Nat Sakimura, Vice Chairman
Markus Sabadello, Member technical committee

XDI.org is a public organization for governance of Extensible Resource Identifiers (XRI), and XRI Data Interchange (XDI) infrastructure.[1] XRI and XDI structures provide individuals and companies protected Internet identities i.e i-names and i-numbers to create a trusted data sharing environment.[2] The organization manages intellectual property rights for XDI protocol and offers global services that help individuals and companies make use of the protocol.[3]

The XRI proxy resolution network is operated by NeuStar on the behalf of XDI.org.[4]


XDI.org's authority over XRI and XDI infrastructure seems to offer a parallel but somewhat overlapping system of governance and policy to that of ICANN. The XDI.org Board of Trustees held discussions in 2008 about greater synchronization with ICANN, the results of the discussions or where their relationship currently is unclear.[5]


In June, 2000, an organization named XNSORG was formed by Cordance to manage Extensible Name Services, which were a predecessor to i-names. It worked to create a level of trust between people and the new data sharing networks. XNS published XNS 1.0 specifications in June, 2002, which contributed to the formation of XRI with the help of OASIS. XRI was formed in February, 2004, thereby sending XNSORG in a new direction.[6] On June 6th, 2004, XNSORG was replaced by XDI.org. This name conversion was part of an Early Global Services program, which gave opportunity to a limited number of individuals and organizations to re-register themselves with a global i-name.[7] XDI.org started providing registrations for i-names and i-numbers on June 20th, 2006. i-names and i-numbers can be the digital identities for companies, individuals or even products. This system creates a secure environment where the sharing of email addresses and telephone numbers is no longer needed.[8]

External Links