Category Archives: General

Firefox, Are You Listening?

Pam Dingle has a wonderful suggestion about how Firefox should proceed with automatic updates. Those of us building identity selector technology that integrates closely with browsers need stable browsers to work with. That’s always tough after a major release, but … Continue reading

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Eve Finds Another Intersection

I’m going to start referring to her as the Venn Queen. Eve Maler has done another Venn diagram, this time to show the relationship of whole areas of the “user-centric” sphere of activities. Going into Digital ID World next week, … 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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Joe Nails it Open

Joe Andrieu nails another super post (where DOES he find the time to write/draw all of these???), this time about what it means for a platform to really be open. My favorite part is that he doesn’t just do it … Continue reading

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Relationship Cards (R-Cards)

So much for the naive thought that I’ have time at the Burton Catalyst conference last week to finally blog about two subjects near and dear to my heart that I knew would be covered at the conference. It backfired … 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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The Information Card Foundation: Helping Scale Mount Identity

YAF? (“Yet Another Foundation?”) Some in the identity community have had that reaction to the announcement of the Information Card Foundation (ICF) today at the start of the Burton Catalyst conference in San Diego. As one of two members of … Continue reading

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Paul Madsen Sums It Up

At the last Internet Identity Workshop, I gave Paul Madsen a community award for keenest identity wit. Everybody agreed he wins hands down. For a taste see his appraisal of the W3C recommendation on XRI.

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Time for OASIS XRI TC and W3C TAG to Sit Down Together

It was stunning. 10 days ago, a few days after the voting period began on XRI Syntax 2.0 and XRI Resolution 2.0 becoming an OASIS Standard, the W3C TAG (Technical Architecture Group) came out with a statement recommending that members … Continue reading

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Bob Blakley on The Relationship Layer

I’m writing this from the audience of Bob Blakley’s Data Sharing Summit session (which he also gave yesterday at the Internet Identity Workshop) on The Relationship Layer. It’s based on a paper he and his colleagues Gerry Gebel and Lori … Continue reading

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Data Portability: An Idea Made to Stick

Chris Messina has a post worth reading about the whole subject of Data Portability. Though it is a complex new topic that demands a longer and more thoughtful post, the one point he and Chris Saad agree on is that … 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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Understanding Windows CardSpace

You know you’re seriously an identity geek when your spare-time reading is Understanding Windows Cardspace. But for this rapidly rising new branch of the digital identity space, a book with this much good information about Microsoft’s CardSpace technology is definitely … 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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Congratulations, Stefan

And congratulations Kim. The news just become official that Microsoft has acquired Stefan Brand’s Credentica and all its intellectual property. This pairs up Stefan with Kim Cameron and Microsoft’s Identity and Access team to bring Credentica’s groundbreaking U-Prove zero-knowledge-proof technology … 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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Growing the OpenID Community

When people talk about Internet innovations coming from the “grassroots”, they are going to use OpenID as the textbook case. From Brad Fitzpatrick’s original protocol in 2005 to today’s announcement that Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Verisign were joining the … Continue reading

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Identity Commons Quarterly Report

Identity Commons is a fascinating story — to my knowledge there has never been an “upside-down umbrella” quite like it. Without going into that here (it needs its own post), I encourage anyone interested in IC to check out the … 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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