Joe Andrieu, one of the pioneers of the VRM movement, wrote an inspired blog post on how not just VRM, but user-centric identity as a whole, can enable a radical rethinking of how systems integration can work. If you put the user at the center of the system not just from a “control” standpoint, but from a data integration standpoint, all kinds of new possibilities arise.
What’s really eye-opening about his post is the way he puts it in the context of Einsteinian relativism and an AI concept called Ã¢â‚¬Å“stigmergyÃ¢â‚¬Â.
You have to read it. In his conclusion, Joe notes:
Sure, there is still a lot of work yet to be done. We have to figure out the protocols and technologies for what data vendors actually share in that data-store and how we assure reliable, always-on access in a secure and privacy-protected manner. Fortunately, as I mentioned earlier, the user-centric Identity meta-system is addressing a huge portion of that.
If ever there was a clarion-call for XDI as a protocol for doing exactly what Joe envisions, this is it.