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[24 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

Digital ID World [LINK] is going on currently in San Francisco. The timing is no surprise but I’m excited to read that Microsoft has announced integration of Cardspace with Windows Live [LINK].
I have been playing with Cardspace, .NET 3.x and the ID meta system for some time now. Probably 18months. In March of this year I got the chance to demo an interesting proof of concept with this technology at the IDA conference in Redmond. That was fun and is one of the last memories I have of life …

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[26 Apr 2007 | No Comment | ]

Network World’s done some pieces on the Identity Meta-System (mistakenly called "Microsoft’s Identity meta-system") listed here [LINK] and here [LINK]. Kim comments on them here [LINK]
Last month I traveled to Microsoft to participate in their Customer Advisory Council representing my employer. It was an exciting few days but I left feeling there was still a lot of education that needed to be done at the corporate level around Security Token Services, Identity Providers, Cardspace, the Identity Meta-System and so on.
I first met Stuart early in 2006 on a different …

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[26 Feb 2007 | One Comment | ]

The dust has settled now after RSA and folks are starting to examine the implications of what came out of it, namely the widespread support for Cardspace and OpenID.
Reactions are not all positive: Mike Taulty (of whom I’m a reader) writes
"Is this about web pages or is this about my identity? Why would an identity solution involve a web page? Can I have an identity if I don’t have a web-page? If not, why not? HTML??? Are you kidding me?!?!?" [LINK]
Taulty raises the excellent point: "…we’re solving an …

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[19 Feb 2007 | No Comment | ]

Kim Cameron answers my concerns around OpenID [LINK] in his blog [www.identityblog.com]. Kim’s post clarifies my understanding of the OpenID spec and also positions it nicely on the spectrum of identity solutions:
"We don’t live in a one-size-fits-all world…..OpenID cannot replace crypto-based approaches in which there are trusted authorities rather than trusted web pages.  But it can add a whole new dimension, and bring the “long tail” of web sites into the identity fabric."
This makes a lot of sense and the analogy drawn from OpenID/WS-* and REST/SOAP resonates particularly well, at …

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[28 Jan 2007 | One Comment | ]

I don’t understand OpenID [LINK]. I’m sorry. I’ve tried to understand it but I just don’t get it.
The spec is confusing but thankfully Phil Windley has translated it into a diagram for us mere mortals [LINK].
The idea of OpenID is to provide "an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity."
And here’s how the flow works (at least one of the scenarios).  Note I’ve taken Phil’s explanation and augmented it with my own understanding:

User is presented with OpenID login form by the Consumer
User responds with the URL …