> Google (among others) presumably has no trouble justifying a business case
> in offering HE all those free Apps in exchange for access to our
> high-quality identities. Is that a fair deal for us? Should we be charging
> them for the privilege of having our users use their Apps? Would having a
> certified LoA increase the value enough to change the deal? It's hard to
> say, and of course hard for several thousand separate HE institutions to
> negotiate effectively as one.
So, technically speaking, if InCommon acts as *the* Identity Provider
via which folks authenticate to Gmail, then InCommon could elect a
board and give them the authority to negotiate on behalf of (likely
willing, perhaps opt-out-able) participants.