Category Archives: Identity Commons

Internet Identity Workshop

Just back from the longest vacation of my modern working life, and just in time for good news: Phil Windley has announced an Internet Identity Workshop organized by himself, Doc Searls, Kaliya Hamlin, and myself. It grew out of the … Continue reading

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Another Call to Action

Kim Cameron published a great synopsis of a WSJ summary of a recent Gartner Group study that shows quantitatively how much the explosing of phishing, pharming, and spamming is affecting everyday user behaviour. In short, the problem of steadily degrading … Continue reading

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Doc frames the key questions

Doc Searls has nicely framed the key questions involved with Microsoft’s proposed identity metasystem architecture. He closes with: So, here’s the first big question: Does the metasystem require adoption of SOAP and the whole WS-* suite of protocols (or whatever … Continue reading

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I-Names: Some Practical Answers

Attendees at DIDW 2005 last week received a free 50-year global personal i-name (an “=name”) courtesy of Identity Commons. This is part of the early i-name registration program also sponsored by XDI.ORG, 2idi (i-broker for the program), Cordance (my employer), … Continue reading

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Key talks at DIDW 2005

A quick note before it fades from memory: three of the best talks at DIDW 2005 were Kim Cameron’s summary of the Seven Laws of Identity; Jamie Lewis’s annual state-of-the-industry appraisal; and Scott Cantor’s overview of the Shibboleth effort. Kim … Continue reading

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Foxtrot on Wikipedia

Leave to Eugene Kim (of PurpleWiki fame) to spot this Foxtrot about Wikipedia. You know it’s becoming mainstream when Foxtrot starts mentioning it…

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I-Name/LID Interop Demo

Another Digital ID World news item from Owen Davis, Identity Commons president: The folks at ooTao have built a demo version of i-names interoperating with the LID protocol. Ff you go to the ooTao demo page you can: 1) create … Continue reading

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Constitutional Amendment Recognizing Digital Identity

I just received the following in email from Jaco Aizenman, XDI.ORG trustee: On May 9, ten Costa Rican Congresswomen/men presented a Constitutional amendment to add a new human right to the Bill of Rights (derechos fundamentales): the right of having … Continue reading

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The Laws "Live"

I intended to make this my first live blogging entry from Digital Identity World this week, starting with Kim Cameron’s talk on the Laws of Identity. As expected, it was packed (in fact it needed a larger room — at … Continue reading

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The Fifth Corollary of Identifiers

[This is the fifth of seven proposed “Corollaries of Identifiers” to Kim Cameron’s Laws of Identity.] Kim’s Fifth Law is the one that most directly explains his use of the term “metasystem”: 5. The Law of Pluralism A universal identity … Continue reading

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Fen adds Four More Laws

Fen Labalme has published Four More Laws of Identity that adds some key additional perspectives on Kim Cameron’s original seven. Specifically, Fen covers: Freedom Decentralization Portability Transparency Well worth reading as we head into the conversations at Digital Identity World … Continue reading

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The Fourth Corollary of Identifiers

[This is the fourth of seven proposed “Corollaries of Identifiers” to Kim Cameron’s Laws of Identity.] Kim’s Fourth Law is the only one that deals directly with digital identifiers: 4. The Law of Directed Identity A universal identity system MUST … Continue reading

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The Third Corollary of Identifiers

[This is the third of seven proposed “Corollaries of Identifiers” to Kim Cameron’s Laws of Identity.] Kim’s Third Law is the one he used to explain the failure of MS Passport: 3. The Law of Fewest Parties Technical identity systems … Continue reading

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Mike Phillips on Digital Citizenship

Mike Phillips, Chairman of Frank Russell Company and one of the most progressive thinkers I know about the convergence of digital identity and the real world of commerce and government, had this to say about the Laws and the Corollaries: … Continue reading

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Andy Dale on the Second Corollary

Andy Dale sent me this comment about the Second Corollary: Drummond, you say: “[Concrete identifiers such as an email address] reveal a direct method of interacting with me (as would a phone number, fax number, IM address, postal address, etc.)” … Continue reading

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The Second Corollary of Identifiers

[Note: This is the second of seven proposed “Corollaries of Identifiers” for Kim Cameron’s Laws of Identity. See the First Corollary for more background info.] Kim’s Second Law follows closely from his First Law: 2. The Law of Minimal Disclosure … Continue reading

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Mark Baker on the First Corollary

Mark Baker, one of the “gods of REST” whose work I have referenced many times in my work on the XDI protocol at OASIS, makes some excellent points in his commentary on the First Corollary. To my contention that many … Continue reading

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The calm before the storm

Why so quiet of late? First because the OASIS XRI TC was completely heads-down finishing the XRI 2.0 specifications. They were unanimously approved as a Committee Draft on March 14, and now have entered a 30-day public review period (required … Continue reading

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Extending Identity Mgmt's Realm

John Fontana of Network World just published a nice article in CIO Today called Extending Identity Management’s Realm that points out the central role identifiers play in identity management infrastructure, especially when it is extended beyond people to “all things”. … Continue reading

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XRIs vs. URLs (Preview)

As the OASIS XRI Technical Committee heads into the final stages of completing the XRI 2.0 specifications (currently scheduled for a Committee Draft vote on March 11), I’m spending a bunch of time on the XRI Primer, the first general-audience … Continue reading

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