Monday, February 13, 2006

More Indentity 2.0

The identity issue is not going away and though it makes me kind of sleepy, its really important. I am glad Nick is thinking about it for me.

From Nick's post:

"You'll have an identity no matter how you authenticate, but the more you rely on your identity the more important it becomes and the more secure it should be. But I think most of the identity players are focused on making identity easier - i.e. fewer logins."

Nick points to this great overview post from xmlgrrl:
  • OpenID: A system for supporting URL-based identifiers, allowing for a confirmation to prove that it’s your URL (a la email confirmation loops)
  • LID: A system for supporting URL-based identifiers, now coordinating closely with OpenID so as not to compete unnecessarily
  • YADIS: A policy protocol to let a relying party discover whether an authority uses OpenID or LID and adjust its behavior accordingly
  • SXIP: A company that has built identity solutions and protocols with an intended focus on easy integration with existing web apps
  • DIX: A proposal for IETF identity protocol work driven by SXIP; a BOF is scheduled soon to consider WG creation
  • Pubcookie: A classic cookie-based system for non-federated single sign-on within a single domain
  • XRI: An effort within OASIS to build a new URI scheme for use in creating identifiers and resolving information about identities
  • i-names: Simple XRI-compatible identifiers, which for people take the form of =name
  • Identity Commons: An organization developing stock sets of policies for identity information usage, a la Creative Commons
  • SAML: An OASIS standard for representation and federated exchange of identity information, with a focus on human-facing interactions
  • Liberty: A set of technology standards and business guidelines for privacy-enabled identity interactions, both human-facing and machine-to-machine
  • WS-Federation: A privately produced protocol for identity federation, with current product support focusing on human-facing interactions
  • Infocard: Microsoft’s new UI component for a client that can mediate identity interactions, similarly to LECPs/ECPs (see below)



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