My ETel Talk

Empowering People and the Coming Layer of Identity (Link to Slides)

win-win-win for Citizens – Applications & Communities & Operators

People are empowered with their identifiers get good service at reasonable rates along with the Freedom to Access the tools they want to on the network (free from operator interference and packet discrimination)
Application Builders and Service Providers can innovated new tools that work on the web and mobile devices.

Operators can have a business model that is more then just bit-haulers. They have a special relationship with the customer which means they can leverage:

  • Authenticated End-points to physical devices.
  • be OpenID / Identity Providers
  • the Billing Relationship with the customer and the asset of their billing system they can open up to others.

Here is a list of Further Resources in the talk.
Identity Commons

OpenID

i-names

Card Space and Laws of Identity

Higgins

OSIS

Johannes Ernst who presented namespaces out of control.

Andre’s Diagram of Identity and Payment Networks converging.

EVENTS

Identity Commons Community

Internet Identity Workshop May 14-16, Mountainview

Identity Open Space April 26-27, Brussels


International Telecommunications Union Focus Group on Identity Management

Basically dealing with How do Network-centric, Application-Centric and User-Centric Identity Play well together?

Wiki on the last meeting Feb 13-16

April 23-25 Geneva

May 16-18 Mountainview

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The Nature of the Web

This is a great documentary about Net Neutrality by the folks who did Four Eyed Monsters. It gives a great overview of the history of other communications technologies and how they were enclosed after their initial burst of freedom and expression. I have a deep affection for the web and its power to empower people am also very concerned about the future of it as a communications commons.

I learned a lot about the network-centric point of view at the ITU-T IdM Focus Group meeting. I have a much deeper respect for the complexity of the issues that affect ‘the network’ and ‘the internet.’ I am committed to an ongoing engagement to build shared meaning, understanding and figure things out. I am speaking next week at Emerging Telephony and I believe that ‘identity’ is a key to giving Telco’s a way to support the web’s network.

I will be blogging more about the past few weeks in the next few days.

The Answer

The Question:

The one question I have about this collaboration announcement why Cordance, NetMesh LiveJournal or of SixAppart were not listed in the announcement.
The Answer:

Every PR department from every company has to get involved. Each has a constituency and message that it wants to be clear. Every time a change is made it has to go everyone else for approval, often provoking a further change, and so it just takes time.

Kim I hear you about this and it is a legitimate explanation if you are dealing with ‘big companies.’ Last time I checked you only had to call two people to check in with NetMesh and Cordance as neither has PR departments. My guess is they would have noded yes to the announcement and would have been very happy to participate without more attention overhead. I think when you are dealing with as tightly knit a community of little companies who are collaborating deeply (perhaps how tightly knit was not obvious to you) it is good to be inclusive. It also seems a bit unfair to highlight those two over the others given the magnitude of this PR (500k people had watched the keynote via the web). Even though you say this “Nor was this meant to be PR as such” the truth is that for companies of the size they are it is a BIG deal in PR terms to be on announcement like the one you released yesterday.

Hopefully things will be smoother in the future with the formation of the Foundation for OpenID more official it will be easy to figure out who to talk to about these sort of ‘announcements.’

No answer to my question yet.

The one question I have about this collaboration announcement why Cordance, NetMeshand other companies who have made major contributions and have critical stakes in the OpenID community were not listed in the announcement. I know it was pulled together very quickly but I think the contributions of those two companies have been extensive and deserved mention (and yes! they do have ‘code’).

There was no mention LiveJournal or of SixAppart or Brad Fitzpatrick the originator of OpenID.

I hope that in the future we can work to be more inclusive and uplift all the main contributors to these efforts.

“THE” OpenID – MSFT announcement @ RSA

This morning at RSA Bill Gates and Craig Mundie announced MSFT support of OpenID2.0. (Johannes has a good summary of the points they made too) I wouldn’t go so far to say that they got Married. But what exactly was announced? I spoke with David Recordon and Mike Jones after the announcement. (this picture is before the announcement).

The OpenID Relying parties will be able to request that the authentication be done in a Phising resistant way. Then the OpenID Provider will have it a way to assert that the authentication of the OpenID (a URL or XRI/I-name) has been done in a Phishing resistant way. CardSpace will be available as a primary way of providing this kind of authentication (for users on Windows machines).

This is a very exciting development as it expands the options available to users. Their are issues with Phishing in OpenID (as outlined here by Kim) and addressing this hole is key to making it a viable protocol that is good for users.

Kim talks about is request to the OpenID community in the blogosphere and in the meeting they had last week at JanRain (Scott blogged about that here).

My big ask was to add a way to request credentials based on phishing-resistant authentication…..[so that] the system is built to handle the dangers that would come with its own success.

The one question I have about this collaboration announcement why Cordance, NetMesh and other companies who have made major contributions and have critical stakes in the OpenID community were not listed in the announcement. I know it was pulled together very quickly but I think the contributions of those two companies have been extensive and deserved mention (and yes! they do have ‘code’).

There was also no mention of like Brad Fitzpatrick the originator of the OpenID and his company LiveJournal which is now a part of SixAppart.