Flickr SUCKS

They are forcing us to merge our identities. I thought they decided not to do this. They let us keep our old way of logging in.
I joined FLICKR not YAHOO.
I really don’t care that they got bought. I do care that my login is being merged.
Does anyone know a good alternative to Flickr/Yahoo that uses openID?

2. On March 20th, 2007 we’ll be discontinuing the old email-based Flickr sign in system. From that point on, everyone will have to use a Yahoo! ID to sign in to Flickr.

We’re making this change now to simplify the sign in process in advance of several large projects launching this year, but some Flickr features and tools already require Yahoo! IDs for sign in — like the mobile site at or the new Yahoo! Go program for mobiles, available at

If you still sign in using the email-based Flickr system (here), you can make the switch at any time in the next few months, from today till the 15th. (After that day, you’ll be required to merge before you continue using your account.) To switch, start at this page:

Complete details and answers to most common questions are available here:

If you have questions or comments about signing in with a Yahoo! ID, speak up!

INVITATION: Internet Identity Workshop & IOS

Here is the invitation to the IIW that I will be sending out via e-mail over the next week. Please pass it along to others who might be interested in attending.

Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) May 14-16, 2007
Computer History Museum, Mountainview CA.

In Europe there is a similar event that I am facilitating as well.
Identity Open Space April 26-27 in Brussels.

The Interenet Identity Workshop is about moving user-centric identity ideas and technologies forward. Come to this event to learn more, participate in the community and shape the future of the web.

What is User-Centric Identity?
User-centric identity starts with the individual, and his or her needs. It is about working relationships and services between individuals and retailers, employers, membership bodies, and organizations of any kind. It is not about a centralized solution, or anybody’s silo. As such it solves different problems than the familiar ones of providing authentication and authorization services within a single organization, or federation between different organizations.

What is going on in the field?

OpenID is emerging as a protocol for SSO across the web.

  • It has major adoptions from sites like AOL, Digg, FaceBook, and
  • open source platforms like MediaWiki, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla using it,
  • startups are forming around this emerging field like NetMesh, Sxip, and JanRain,
  • and reputation services are emerging like Opinity and Jyte.

Legal and Social issues about norms and uses of identity continue to surface.

  • How can I share my information and know it will not be misused?
  • How can we innovate better End User License Agreements?
  • How do young people, men, women and diverse groups understand and represent identity differently online?
  • How do online and offline identity relate?
  • How does ‘official identity‘ and ‘web constructed identities’ relate?
  • What is the role of anonymity and pseudonimity and how are they explicitly supported in this ecology?

What about Mobile Devices and Identity?

Vendor Relationship Management as an potential market segment is emerging

Microsoft Cardspace has been released on to Vista and XP desktops and Symantec has a user-centric Identity management product for the desktop.

There are several Open Source efforts to weave tools together – like Higgins, OSIS, Bandit.

Liberty protcols continue to be deoployed in enterprise and on the web.

Who is going to be there?
User-centric identity is an extremely active and growing conversation involving many converging development efforts — by open source communities, by vendors large and small, and by customers of all sizes. Internet Identity Workshops are where Mozilla, Symantec Microsoft, IBM, Novell, Liberty Alliance, WS*, Verisign, Red Hat, SixApart, Kintera, Sxip, Cordance, NetMesh, JanRain and many other projects and companies meet to work toward common goals and real solutions. They are joined by customers of all sizes as well.

You won’t find a higher ratio anywhere of real productivity to idle chat and marketing BS that are typical to many conferences. They are informal and purpose-driven. In every IIW so far, a high degree of progress has been made, within and between separate development efforts.

The workshops are organized by a working group within Identity Commons, and are run on Open Space practices and principles*. There are no formal presentations, no keynotes, no panels. Instead, topics are vetted and chosen by participants when the workshop convenes, and open meetings are organized and scheduled for the day that follows.

Still wondering if it will be good or not? Read what folks said about the May 2006 conference.

We are committed to keeping this conference open and accessible. If you want to come we want you there. If cost is an issue please contact us and we can discuss how to make it work.

* Students – $50
* Independents – $175
* Corporate – $300

The fees are used to cover the cost of the venue, organization, snacks and lunch both days. We encourage you to pre-register since we will limit attendance at the event to 200 people. The IIW workshop in December was strongly attended and we expect strong interest in this one as well.

If you would like to sponsor the event please contact us.

If you would like to speak at the event sign up to come…anyone can.
Related to all of this is the Identity Management Focus Group of the International Telecommunications Unionhere is the wiki and their mailing lists. The April meeting is the 23-25th in Geneva and May 16-18 is concurrent with IIW for one day and then continues for 2 more. They meeting following that is in July in Japan.

Looking at Identity

Andre has a great post that frames the identity zeitgeist.

Ancient History

  • PKI
  • Firewalls
  • My stack vs. your stack
  • Mooooaaannn


  • Strong Authentication
  • Federation & SSO
  • blah, blah, blah


  • User-centric
  • Attribute Sharing
  • OpenID phishing
  • yak, yak, yak


  • Delegation
  • Smart clients
  • Protocol convergence
  • Identity meets payments
  • Just do it!

He has been in the business for 6 years. I thought my 3 years was a long time. The irony of it Mould and Old subjects is that it is still way early for all of those things beyond our circle – I had a conversation with a VC this past week and he said ‘I know there is something going on here – but it is still way to early.’ I hope that with the USA Today article that changes.

OpenID Going Mainstream

OpenID made the front page of the Money Section of USA Today - Today.
From the community they quote, David Recordon, Scott Keveton, Brad Fitzpatrick, and Kim Cameron.

SAN FRANCISCO — An emerging technology standard could be the answer to a major headache: It lets consumers use the same user name and password for hundreds of websites that require a sign-in.

What an exciting day!