WG - FIRE (Federated Identifiers for Resilient Ecosystems)

This FIRE WG operates under the  Kantara Initiative IPR Policies Version 2.0 - Option Non-Assertion Covenant


The FIRE working group will extend the usability and adoption of the former IDESG's Identity Ecosystem framework and registry to help identity ecosystem participants and individuals with their identity and personal data management.

All FIRE WG work products will adhere to the IDEF Framework and the guiding principles in all of its products including documents, systems and protocols (e.g., will be "FIRE-proof"), and we will implement our own best practices within our own technology and program development.


On September 6, 2022 the Leadership Council approved a new charter for the Resilient Identifiers for Underserved Populations (RIUP) WG, merging the FIRE WG and HIAWG. Both of the merging work groups were legacy work groups from the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, which was acquired by Kantara Initiative in 2018. The new group space is located at RIUP WG, which will link to legacy documentation and recommendations produced by these two groups. The FIRE WG and HIAWG spaces will be archived once the new RIUP WG space is complete.

On October 6, 2020, FIRE released a draft specification for Mobile Authentication Assurance Statement. These credentials can be used to allow relying parties in healthcare (and other) communities to determine if the user's application can be trusted. Once this concept is widely adopted, trust can be bootstrapped from a collection of trusted applications into a framework of trust actors across the web.

On February 3, 2020 a second draft of a specification entitled Distributed Identity Assurance 1.0.0 was released by the Working Group with the aim of making the digital identity community aware of its existence and to receive initial reactions, suggestions and comments from beyond those member and non member participants in the FIRE Working Group. To be clear, this draft is an early version still under development by the WG and not yet ready to be submitted to Kantara's formal publications process for its Recommendations and Technical Specifications.  The most current draft can be found in this Wiki's Draft Recommendations folder shown on the menu on the left hand side of this page.  or click here Draft Recommendations


Jim Kragh (March 2021)


Catherine Schulten (March 2021)


Noreen Whysel (March 2021)

WG Representative on Kantara Education Foundation Inc Board of Directors

Sal D'Agostino (March 2021)

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