LIGHTest: a global community based on international standards and open source software promoting the use of LIGHTest. Lightweight Infrastructure for Global Heterogeneous Trust management in support of an open Ecosystem of Stakeholders and Trust schemes.
- LIGHTest consists of 14 partners from 9 European countries and is coordinated by Fraunhofer IAO.
- LIGHTest will build a global community based on international standards and open source software.
- Fraunhofer IAO provides the vision and architecture for the project and is responsible for both, its management and the technical coordination.
LIGHTest, initially funded by the European Commission is building a global trust infrastructure where arbitrary authorities can publish their trust information. Setting up a global infrastructure is an ambitious objective; however, given the already existing infrastructure, organization, governance and security standards of the Internet Domain Name System, it is with confidence that this is possible. User organisations can use this to publish lists of qualified trust services, as business registrars and authorities can in health, law enforcement and justice. In the private sector, this can be used to establish trust in inter-banking, international trade, shipping, business reputation and credit rating. Companies, administrations, and citizens can then use LIGHTest open source software to easily query this trust information to verify trust in simple signed documents or multi-faceted complex transactions.