Category Archives: Blogging

Identity Happens with Marty Schleiff

Boeing has long been one of the most progressive companies when it comes to identity management and how it can enable new value chains in a large ecosystem. Marty Schleiff is one of the reasons. I’ve worked with him extensively … Continue reading

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Phil Windley on Relationship Providers

Phil Windley has an uncanny ability to size up new technologies in a single bound. Read his take on relationship providers and how far they can go beyond the role of “identity providers” (a term I have never liked since … Continue reading

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Robert Pirsig Explains Vacation Zen

Some 34 years after it was published and 20 years after my last (fifth) reading, Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance remains the book that has has the biggest influence on my life. I took my old … Continue reading

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Vacation Beckons

Whoever thought we’d be using blogs for vacation notices? But until we have real Internet-wide presence service, it seems much more sane than problem-prone email bounce-backs. So count on me to be completely offline (and I mean completely) until August … Continue reading

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Pamela Dingle: My Favorite Bio

The new announced Information Card Foundation has nine community board members, and I’m pleased to report they all have a keen sense of humor. Case in point: Pam Dingle’s bio on the Board of Directors page: Pamela Dingle Pamela Dingle … Continue reading

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Joe Andrieu Answers Questions about VRM

If you haven’t heard of VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) yet, you will soon. Not that it will be an overnight phenomena – that’s one of the points Joe Andrieu makes in his mini-FAQ about VRM. But read Joe’s post to … Continue reading

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Back blogging in time for IIW

The Magic Include Shell took my blog offline and finally compelled me to move it to new hosting quarters, upgrade to WP 2.5.1, install a new theme, and add OpenID and information card support – all thanks to the magic … Continue reading

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Doc Searls, VRM, and the Redemption of Tomorrow's Internet

Ryan Janssen has posted another interview in his series on digital identity, and I daresay that if you’ve ever met Doc Searls, you can just feel his energy and passion about VRM coming through in this writeup. Highly recommended reading. … Continue reading

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Internet Identity Workshop Coming in May

Nowadays I find myself orienting my entire year around IIW (the Internet Identity Workshop). DO NOT miss it if you want to seriously intersect with the user-centric identity community. This year it will include a follow-on Data Sharing Summit on … Continue reading

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Ryan Janssen Takes Me Back

Ryan Janssen pinged me via my contact page last week to ask if I had time to share the story of how I came to be working on XRI, XDI, OpenID, i-cards, Higgins, and Identity Commons. He reached me this … Continue reading

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An Inconvenient Truth – Truer Than Ever

Although I saw snippets when it first came out, I sat down tonight to watch An Inconvenient Truth end-to-end with my wife and two boys, and I was blown away by how powerful a message it still delivers. In fact … Continue reading

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XDI Link Contracts

Identity Woman (Kaliya Hamlin) posts about why current “friend formats” like FOAF and XFN don’t satisfy the need for privacy and personal control of data that she – and many other women – want before they are comfortable sharing personal … Continue reading

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Paul Madsen on the i-card taxonomy

Paul Madsen has done a nicely illustrated post on the taxonomy of i-cards supported by the Higgins project. He makes a great point about how SAML cards (“s-cards”) could fit in, both in terms of third-party cards and self-issued cards. … Continue reading

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Recommending the Recommender

I just noticed that Paul Madsen made a post about my recommendation that folks check out Joe Andrieu’s comments on the MS HealthVault announcement. Paul got my attention by titling his post, “Drummond, it’s Hailstorm“. Just to clarify: I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Joe Andrieu on Microsoft's Health Care Record Initiative

Joe Andrieu, one of the leaders of the VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) community, has posted a good initial assessment of Microsoft’s first foray (post-Passport) of storing personal data for consumers via their Health Care Record initiative. It’s well worth reading … Continue reading

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The Value of Vacation Mind

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. But this has been a summer of big transitions — big enough that it will take several posts to cover it all. Yet on this, my first day “back to … Continue reading

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Joe Andrieu on the User as the Point of Integration

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 … Continue reading

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Semantically Meaningful Identifiers: What a Concept!

I haven’t blogged in a month because I’m so heads down with XRI 2.1 specs, prep for IIW (next week), and the business side of user-centric identity (yes, this really needs to turn into an industry if it is to … Continue reading

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Mike Jones Issues Himself

Mike Jones, anchor of the Microsoft Cardspace team along with Kim Cameron & crew, has moved into the blogosphere. I’ve referenced his home page in MS Research (where he used to be) in many blog posts, but now I can … Continue reading

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Eve Gets the Venn of Identity

Speaking of great posts and great pictures, I think Eve Maler’s recent Venn of Identity diagram is the best thumbnail picture of “Internet identity space” I’ve ever seen. She credits both Johannes Ernst and Paul Madsen for the progenitors. Eve’s … Continue reading

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