IIW is early!! We are 20!! We have T-Shirts

Internet Identity Workshop is only a month away. April 7-9, 2015

Regular tickets are only on sale until March 20th. Then prices to up again to late registration.

I’m hoping that we can have a few before we get to IIW #20!!

Yes it’s almost 10 years since we first met (10 years will be in the fall).

I’m working on a presentation about the history of the Identity Gang, Identity Commons and the whole community around IIW over the last 10 years.

Where have we come from?…leads to the question…. where are we going?  We plan to host at least one session about these questions during IIW.

It goes along with the potential anthology that I have outlined (But have a lot more work to get it completed).

Internet Identity Workshop #20 is in April !!

IIW is turning 20 !

That is kind of amazing. So much has evolved in those 10 years.
So many challenges we started out trying to solve are still not solved.

I actually think it would be interesting as we approach this milestone to talk about what has been accomplished and what we think is yet to be accomplished.

I am working on organizing a crowd funding campaign to support completing an anthology that I have outlined and partially pulled together. I will be asking for your support soon. Here is the post on my blog about it.

In the mean time tickets for IIW are up and for sale! You can also order a special T-shirt we are designing especially for the occasion.

I’ve co-founded a company! The Leola Group

Thursday evening following Internet Identity Workshop #18 in May I co-Founded and became Co-CEO of the Leola Group with my partner William Dyson.

So how did this all happen? Through a series of interesting coincidences in the 10 days (yes just 10 days) William got XDI to work for building working consumer facing applications. He showed the music meta-data application on Thursday evening and wowed many with the working name Nymble registry.  The XDI [eXtneible Resource Identifier Data Interchange] standard has been under development at OASIS for over 10 years. Getting it to actually work and having the opportunity to begin to build applications that really put people at the center of their own data lives is a big step forward both for the Leola Group and the  Personal Data community at large.

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Rosie the [New Language] Developer – Where are you?

This past week we [me, Phil, Heidi + Doc] put on the Internet Identity Workshop. It was amazing.

There is a new project / company forming and they are very keen to have women programmers/developers in the first wave of hires.  They are also committed to cultural diversity.

Since they are developing in a new language – you don’t need to have experience in “it” – you just need to have talent and the ability to learn new things.

I asked them for a list of potentially helpful per-requisites:

  • Some experience with ruby on rails
  • Some experience with JSON
  • Some experience with XML
  • Some experience with HTML5
  • Some experience with semantic data modeling
  • Some understanding of the ideas related to the semantic web and giant global graphs

If you are reading the list and thinking – I don’t have “all” of those qualifications…then read this before you decide not to reach out to learn more – The Confidence Gap from this month’s Atlantic.  TL:DR “Remember that women only apply if they have 100% of the jobs qualifications, but men apply with 60%!”

Please be in touch with me if you are interested. I will connect you with them this week.

Kaliya [at] identitywoman [dot] net





Personal Clouds, Digital Enlightenment, Identity North

Next week Thursday August 22nd is the Personal Cloud Meetup in San Francisco. It will be hosted at MSFT.  If you want to get connected to the community it is a great way to do so. Here is where you register. 

In September I’m heading to Europe for the Digital Enlightenment Forum September 18-20th. I’m excited about the program and encourage those of you in Europe who might be reading this to consider attending. We are doing a 1/2 day of Open Space (what we do at IIW) where the agenda is created live at the event.

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Surfacing back into Cyberspace at Building 43 today

Basically this post is to say I am “back” – I have a bit more time on my hands this summer to pay attention to Cyberspace and want to give attention to expressing my thoughts and ideas in text online again. I am inspired by this mention by Scoble around the launch of  Building 43 that is happening today. I thought it was an actual physical space when I got the invitation. Turns out it is a website that Robert Scoble is leading. It is focused on what he calls the 2010 web and others call Web 3.0.

Here’s another way to put it. When you look at Techmeme and see all the tech bloggers yammering on about the latest cool things, the way they were this week about Facebook’s new URLs that are coming out tomorrow, or Apple’s new iPhone, do they look backward and think about the average businessperson? Not in my experience. We don’t have an industry conversation about how to actually use all this cool stuff to improve lives, make businesses stronger and closer to their customers, and have some fun.

A few people here and there are trying. I watch what Chris Messina, David Recordon, Marc Canter, Joseph Smarr, Kaliya Hamlin, and a group of others are trying to do by pushing a more open web. Those are the kinds of efforts that inspire me and are inspiring Building43. Can we build on what they are trying to do and take it to main street?

This actually impresses me cause I thought Scoble had just become an internet micro-celebrety for its own sake. I look forward to contributing to the conversation about the future of what is becoming a very social web where peoples identity online matters deeply.

Here is where I have been since my last post.

Since Social Web Foo Camp and posting the 80% complete article about communities context and online life. I haven’t blogged. I have been very busy though.

Immediately following I attended the “identity day” at RSA on Monday April 20th –  talks were given from the front of the room for a day. Liberty Alliance put the day together along with the Information Card Foundation- The Kantara Initiative was “launched”. I am not clear that the format of the day actually provided greater understanding by those outside our community that are confused by all the activity.

The exciting thing that happened leading up to this day was the launch of the new Information Card Foundation Website – I gave some feedback that was included in the core language and messaging. It has great Flash animation explaining the cards along with featured projects including the GSA Demo.

RSA was fun – I didn’t spend to much time in sessions mostly talking to people in the community. I led a peer-to-peer session on Business Models for Claims Based Identity. A good group attended however the room layout was cold and stale. (I will be writing about it on my unconference blog shortly).

Penguin Day followed on April 25th. This is a super fun day facilitated by Allen Gunn focused on Non-Profits and Open Source. I learned more about TikiWiki as a content management system (I am considering it as the platform for She’s Geeky). I also was impressed by how much CiviCRM had improved. I also talked to a college registrar very interested in how information card technology might play a roll in getting them out of paper based management of student records and certification.

The Nonprofit Technology Conference followed – they had a large exhibit hall and I talked to many of the vendors there about OpenID and Information Cards – about 1/2 had heard about OpenID and almost none about Information Cards. It was great to talk to my friends in the industry (I have been attending this conference since 2004). Social Actions is progressing and is creating a way to aggregate action information for social good.

I flew to NYC to facilitate the Creative Unconference on May 7-8 put on by the One Club for Art and Copy collaborating with the Society for Digital Agencies.  This was during Creative Week. The One Club gives out bronze, sliver and gold pencil’s – some of the most prestigious awards in the advertising business. They attended their interactive awards on Friday night – I brought Robert Tolmach along as a guest and he told me about his new project – Class Wish.

I went to DC and spent the day at the Sex 2.0 conference at the intersection of social media, feminism and sexuality. I was particularly interested in how this community was thinking thinking about and dealing identity online and off. Many people had names they went by within the community that were different from their “every day” names. Several presenters talked about having two facebook profiles (one for their sex life and one for regular life) I pointed out that this against facebook policy and they were surprised – it seemed very natural to have two persona’s. Other presenters talked about being fully “out” completely linking their sex life.

I attended the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology Women of Vision Awards. It was a very inspiring evening. Padmashree Warrior the CTO of Cisco was the key note speaker – she was super inspiring and gave ideas about how to connect to the community 2.0 audience.

I spoke at Community 2.0 about identity technologies. I covered OpenID, OAuth and Information Cards and at the end mentioned project VRM for those who were very forward looking. It was a relatively small conference and I spent a lot of time preparing for the talk with my speech coach. My issue has been having to much to say – I can talk about identity for hours and in great detail. Lura helped me figure out what to say. I did a good job clearly communicating and had several people say they enjoyed my talk and it gave them some practical information not just social media guru hype.

I went to the first day of the VRM workshop and was totally impressed by the quality of projects and companies working in the space. Several attendees didn’t know about IIW and a few signed up to attend.

The Internet Identity Workshop was AMAZING. We had the same number of attendees as we usually do. I am going to write some more posts about the event soon. The next IIW is November 3-5 in Mountain View.

I went to the Maker Faire on Sunday the 31st of May – it was fun to see all the stuff people are making. I also got a LiveScribe Pen. I will be using it for diagrams on this blog in the coming months.

June 1 was CommunityOne where i saw Jono Bacon talk about Community there were 10 people to see him speak in an auditorium that held 1000.

I flew to Boston and met with Fabio Carara of the Venice Project Center and Venice 2.0 – they are considering how to leverage 20 years worth of geo-data. We are discussing building a community including a few unconferences.

I had dinner with Mary Ruddy and we continued progress on Identity Commons infrastructure – particularly our new blog/website.

I facilitated the Mass Technology Leadership Council Spring Meeting that asked the question “What is the future of Software and the Internet” I lead a session on identity – they asked good questions and were impressed by all the activity in the space.

I flew to San Francisco – to make it back for the 2nd Scala Lift Off. Scala is a programming language – some describe as Java++, Lift is a web framework. This is a great programming language community with an healthy online community life. I work supporting them in community building when the meet face-to-face.

Yesterday I was working with Forum One facilitating the 4th Online Community Unconference. This is a great community of online community managers (the folks who moderate online community), platform providers (software providers) and hosts (companies that have online communities). I presented a session about OpenID, OAuth and Information Cards – I even got a bottle of wine during the closing from one of the attendees thanking me for the quality of information that I shared.

Today it is the Building 43 party at Tech Crunch and next week is SemWeb in San Jose – I will likely make it to the Personal Democracy Forum. The next “identity” event is Burton Group Catalyst at the end of July in San Diego.

I look forward engaging in this medium again with a post every few days.

Congradulations Pam!

Pam has officially announced launching her new company – Bonsai Identity.

I remember when I first met Pam at the very end of the first DIDW that I went to in the fall of 2004. I really got to know her when we were attending the Burton Group catalyst conference in 2005.

She has been a great friend to me in the community and now when we go to conferences we are often roomies.

Congratulations Pam!

Congratulations Drummond & ICF

Today it was announced that Drummond Reed is the new Interim Executive Director of the Information Card Fouundation. I have known Drummond since I first met him with the other “identity guys” at the Planetwork Conference in 2004. I think it is a great role for Drummond and a great move for the ICF. I look forward to seeing what the foundation can do in the coming year. Next up is Identity Day at RSA.

Internet Identity Workshop May 18-20

We have opened registration for the 8th Internet Identity Workshop! May 18-20th in Mountain View California.

There are a few things that are different this time around….

We have a shinny new website/blog!
Thanks to Mary Ruddy, Stas Zubalevich and Pam Dingle for helping make it happen.

We are using eventbrite to do registration – and we will be displaying the names of those who are registered.

We are asking questions as you register about what you hope accomplish /talk about at IIW and publishing them.

We have responded to the economic times and lowered the price for the first month of registration (a $50 discount for independents and a $75 for everyone else).

We have an early registration goal of 75 people by the end of the month.

We are starting on Monday morning with a hands on introduction to identity technologies and we will being participant generated sessions at 1pm on Monday.

Demo’s – community sharing of projects and products will happen on Tuesday afternoon.

We are being we have a sub theme that we are promoting – “what are the business models for identity” this is so that “business” oriented folks will attend and hopefully get some where answering this. (we might have some other explicit sub-themes we name as the workshop approaches and community members give feedback on key topics that are arising/need attention)

We will have a different venue for Tuesday night dinner!

Travel is cheaper then ever (so even though your budgets are lower you should be able to make it here for less).

The blog will have guest posts by community members leading up to the conference. (if you want to say something here just let me know)

We will have had the ID-Legal conference in April and will have a cool map of the gap between identity technologies and different legal lenses.

The same….
* We have blog badges for you to use in your posts – put on your blogs.

* We will have Monday night dinner at Tied House

* We will give community awards open style at the end of Wednesday. (if you want to be the wine/other gift buyer or donor let us know)

* The Avante (our conference hotel) will Rock!

You know your conference is to cheap when…

You know your conference is to cheap when other conferences offer you $200 discounts to register EARLY and yours only costs $200.

In case you missed it the Internet Identity Workshop has an announcement up and registration is open. Phil and I implore you to PLEASE register early so we know how many of you are coming.

We subtly softened our language about “user-centric identity” to take into account that there is some concern that this might be going to far in one direction and it may be that the parameters of the relationship in the middle is where the focus needs to be.

The Internet Identity Workshop focuses on what has been called user-centric identity. Basically asking the question how can people manage their own identity across the range of websites, services, companies and organizations that they belong to, purchase from and participate with. IIW is a working meeting for a range of groups focused on the technical, social and legal issues arising with the emergence identity, relationship and social layer of the web.

I think this year Identity as a service will make a strong appearance. Companies like Symplified are doing interesting things that have application in the enterprise market first but could have usefulness on the consumer side maybe sooner then we think.

More from the announcement:
As a community we have been exploring these kinds of questions:

  • How are social networking sites and social media tools applying user-centric identity? (this is the question I am interested in knowing more about. How is it working now that you can actually implement some of this stuff – it is not just big ideas any more)
  • What are the open standards to make it work? (identity and semantic)
  • What are technical implementations of those standards?
  • How do different standards and technical implementations interoperate?
  • What are the new social norms and legal constructs needed to make it work?
  • What tools are needed to make it usably secure for end-users?
  • What are the businesses cases / models that drive all this?

Our event is highly participatory anyone who wants to present can do so. The agenda is made all together on Tuesday morning. We do this unconference style – for those who have not yet been you can read what community leaders have said about the effectiveness of the format.

If you are NEW please come to Monday’s introductory session starting at 1pm. If you have attended before it is worth coming to get the latest updates on where things are.

Yes it is CHEAP – $200 if you are an independant, and $350 if you come from a corporateion. You get all your meals paid for (healthy food – some say the best ever conference food).

If you want to come and you can’t afford it – talk to us – we want you there if you want to be there.

If you are an Identity blogger and have been to IIW PLEASE blog about this one coming up. We also have a blog sidebar logo you an put up.

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Summer Break – offline for 10+ days

I am heading off to Cortes Island until August 6th and then Vancouver for 3-4 days and then to Seattle around August 10th until the 13th ish.

On Cortes I will be at Hollyhock – if you check out their website you will see my smiling face at their poster child in their rolling banner graphics.

Let me know if you want to meet when in Vancovuer of Seattle – via e-mail (kaliya at Mac dot com). I managed to leave my main iPhone at friend’s house the day before I left and then also forget the backup phone on the dresser as I was leaving this morning at 6.

Big Annoucement: Information Card Foundation

This is the Information Card Foundation website. Charles Andres the ED of the foundation has been working hard getting it ready.

This announcement is really big news on several levels.
There are major internet players on board committed to cooperating together on this technology – as the founding corporate board members Novell, Oracle, Microsoft, Google, PayPal, Equifax. There are quite a few companies that are also launch members:

Arcot Systems,
A.T.E. Software,
FuGen Solutions,
Fun Communications,
Parity Communications,
Ping Identity,
Wave Systems,

associate members
Fraunhofer Institute
Liberty Alliance;

The people in this community on the board are also really great and have met an talked with most of them myself.
Paul Trevithick,
Kim Cameron, (as a community member not MSFT’s rep)
Mary Ruddy,
Ben Laurie
Pamela Dingle
Patrick Harding
Drummond Reed
Andrew Hodgkinson (I haven’t met)
Axel Nenker (I haven’t met)
Mike Jones (as the MSFT board member)

This includes PayPal and Equifax who have been publicly involved with the user-centric identity efforts until now.

One of the issues with information cards will end-users actually adopt the client side code they need to make this work? And who will issue managed information cards.

PayPal has the ability to really drive client side adoption of card selectors and to be a managed card issuer.

It got coverage in the NYTimes. (Yhey spell Bob Blakley’s name wrong in it)

I found it frustrating they said these technologies were “like a drivers license”

The community has worked so hard on the Laws of Identity and the OECD paper with the Principles of Identity. Drivers Licenses seem like the wrong analogy to explain the technology and make people safe or excited about it. I don’t like being asked for my drivers license everywhere – it often gives away to much information. Oh well. I guess there is more explaining to do about how these systems can and should work to improve on how we do identity in the real world with drivers licenses.

At Burton Group Catalyst! Exciting week ahead.

This week I am diving back into Identity at Burton Group Catalyst Conference – I am writing you from the Federation workshop offered by Jerry and Doug. It has been just over a month since the Internet Identity Workshop. I am excited to be able to spend the week with all the fun smart folks working hard on user-centric identity here. Lots is happening we had the Information Card Foundation announcement today and I hear there are other announcements this week.

Bob issued a challenge at IIW about the languaging we have used to describe our community goals/activity – is user-centrism swinging the pendulum to far? I hope that this week some more clarity might emerge this week on what we might call our efforts. I am up for this even though it might mean I need to change my tag line “Saving the World with User-Centric Identity.”

Newbies 4 Newbies Call Tomorrow

If user-centric identity, the identity meta-system, identity commons and all this stuff is confusing.

You are wading through all this content on these blogs and wikis and going “AHHH! I just want someone to explain it.”

Well we have the group for you!

Newbies 4 Newbies formed not to be “experts” explaining it to new folks but instead to support new people sharing with each other resources that they found helpful and to challenge the ‘older’ members of the community to better explain things.

The group has a mailing list and is having its 2nd conference call tomorrow :) Newbies are welcome :) Click on their wiki page for details – call number to be posted shortly both there and on the mailing list.

Data Sharing Workshop and 2nd Summit

About a week ago I posted about the choice landscape we have for these events. No one seemed to have an opinion so we went with both and are having one event leaning more towards ‘the technical’ and another leaning more towards vendors with products and potential buyers.

The Data Sharing Workshop, April 18 – 19 at the SFSU, Downtown Campus.

The Data Sharing Summit, May 15, at the Computer History Museum. (immediately following the Internet Identity Workshop)

We received such a positive response to the Data Sharing Summit in September, 2007 and, given the ongoing emergence of different data sharing initiatives, such as dataportability.org, Social Networking Portability, the 1.0 release of the Higgins Framework, DiSO, MT activity feeds, etc. we decided that it was a good time to hold another summit.

Our purpose is to provide gathering spaces in which all parties can work together on the challenge of data sharing. We create the agenda the day it happens. It is about getting things done and figuring out the tough problems – there is no committee deciding who does or does not get to ‘present’ it is about breaking up and really diving in figuring out the solutions and building the consensus to get adoption.

Data Sharing Workshop Details

April 18-19, Friday-Saturday, SFSU Downtown Campus

We selected April 18th and 19th because it seemed like an ideal time to host this event, given that it falls in between RSA and Web 2.0 Expo. People who are the Bay Area from around the world will be able to participate in figuring out how to get data sharing to happen. Although the event will focus on technical aspects, it will also include social, legal and business issues related to data sharing. The space can accommodate up to 200 attendees.

This event is being co-presented by SFSU Institue for the Next Generation Internet

We decided to hold the event on Friday and Saturday to accommodate the needs of different attendees. If you are at a company that is focused on this work and you prefer not to work on weekends, you can attend Friday. Or if you are interested in the subject but are unable to attend due to work commitments, you can come on Saturday. Those who are highly dedicated can come to both days.

Data Sharing Summit 2 Details
May 15, Thursday, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA

This event will immediately follow the Sixth Internet Identity Workshop at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View CA. There will be a combined focus on technical work and on opportunities for vendors with solutions in this space to share and connect with potential adopters of Data Sharing tools.

You may want to arrive on the afternoon of May 14th to participate in Internet Identity Workshop activities relevant to DSS (such as the OSIS Interop). May 15th will be a long intensive day, ending around 5 or 6, in time for dinner. Because it is important to close the event together as a group, please make plans to be there all day. The space can hold up to 400 people.

If you are super into the topic of Data Sharing we highly recommend that you come to the [http://iiw.idcommons.net Internet Identity Workshop] that precedes it.

The Problems, Offerings and Solutions that we put forward at the start of the first DSS is quite informative. Proposed topics and Outcomes are also lay the ground work for these next two events.

If you are interested in sponsoring please contact Laurie Rae at sponsorship@datasharingsummit.com

Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Data Sharing Summit 2 – questions to figure out

So I am working hard to pull the details together for the 2nd Data Sharing Summit. This is not an easy task given it is a risk to make commitments to venues and vendors – to make it possible to host the event.

This is an option that would give more time to organize and dove tail nicely with related work in the identity community

OPTION 4 – have it begin Wednesday and continue Thursday May 14-15 immediately following the Internet Identity Workshop
There is also the possibility of having something near Web 2.0 Expo the weekend before seems to make more sense to people are not completely wiped out from a weekend of partying and conferencing.

One of the reasons for this is that I know people come from out of town to attend Web 2.0 expo and some for several weeks so that there will be people in town who would not otherwise come ‘just for this event’.

We currently have 2 venue/time/space options

1) in Downtown SF but only can have at maximum 120 people and only 3 breakout rooms beyond the main space – this would be for Friday and Saturday the 18th and 19th. We would be restricted tot use from 8-5 pm.

2) in Mountainview at the Computer History Museum – a beautiful space that we would have to pay for but could hold up to 500 people and would only be for Saturday the 19th. It could go from 8 am to 8 pm+ even. We could feed folks breakfast lunch and dinner along with a barista.

Either way we will be charging money for the event about $100 – and working on raising sponsorship money. I believe events should be funded both by the people who do attend AND by sponsors. This helps create balance and by paying money to come people make a commitment to ‘be there’ for the event and the organize can plan for their attendance.

I am trying to get a read on what will work best.

I am still asking Lucy to put in OpenID for commenting on my blog and she still can’t get it to work even in dialoguing with Pam about it. So if you want to chime in you need to email me kaliya (at) mac (dot) com.

The third option people have put forward it so have it on an ‘large’ tech companies campus and I have said that doesn’t work cause the topic is neutral – so this is not an option in my mind.

Online Community Unconference East

On February 21 I will be facilitating the Online Community Unconference East.

I think the topic of user-centric identity will definitely come up. Please feel free to join in this gathering for online community practitioners – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities, and the use of social media. Those involved in online community development (and social software in general) share many common challenges: community strategy, community management, ROI, tool selection, marketing, business models, and legal issues (just to name a few). The best source of information on all of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners.

The Unconference leverages the unique format of Open Space. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of “Open Space”, the idea is to tap in to the collective knowledge of the attendees by having the Unconference attendees actually drive the agenda and session topics. Open Space is the perfect antidote to the prevailing “talking heads” conference model, because the sessions are truly in depth conversations. You will meet the people you need to talk to, and you will have the conversations you need to have!

Organizations attending include: allfacebook.com, Alliance to Save Energy, AOL, Business Week Digital, Changing The Present, Consumers Union, Cyworld, EchoDitto, Family Justice, Inc, Gartner, Grandparents.com, IBM, Mercy Corps, Patricia Seybold Group, Showtime Networks Inc, Socialtext, Texas Instruments, TV Guide Online. Zagat.com

The event is Febuary 21st and is going to be held at the Newman Conference Center. The price for the Unconference is $195, but I’ve included a discount code for $25 off below.

To register, please go to:
Enter discount code “kaliyaspeeps” for $25 off

Kerberos Consortium launched

Kerberos Consortium has been launched by MIT. “We forsee a day when Kerberos-based authentication and authorization will be as ubiquitous as TCP/IP-based networking itself.” Here is the overview slide show

Their FAQ speaks to collaboration with active efforts

So, how does the MIT Kerberos Consortium fit in with things like the Liberty Alliance?

“We believe there is significant opportunity to work with Liberty and other SAML based formats. One area in which Liberty and Kerberos can work together is that Kerberos could carry SAML assertions to provide authorization information. Another way in which these technologies can work together is that Kerberos can be used as a mechanism to obtain SAML assertions. Ultimately, this work will allow Liberty to be used in client-server environments where Kerberos works best today and to allow Kerberos to take advantage of the expressive power of SAML and Liberty. This is one of the many projects where the initial designs have been sketched out but where work cannot proceed without the additional funding provided by the consortium.”

How about Open ID? Where does that fit in?

“There is a similar story for Open ID. Last year there was initial discussion between MIT and those involved in Open ID to confirm that there was mutual interest and ways we could work together. However, again, absent the consortium there is insufficient resources within MIT to realize this cooperation.”

I hope that folks from the new consortia comes to the Internet Identity Workshop December 3-5 in Mountain View. This is where we talk about how we can all get along in a big circle :).

PingID Annouces SignOn.com

So the ‘big’ press announcement from PingID was the launch of SignOn.com it is a pure play for end-user identity management. All it does is work on the users behalf – it gives them and OpenID and helps them manage info cards. They are going to leverage a lot of their code base that they have developed for their business to business federation products in this business to customer (or as I like to think of us as Netizens).

Tinfoil Hat for WoW … When is it coming to First Life?

Identity issues in Virtual worlds are interesting. World of Warcraft an online Massive Multiplayer Online Game MMOG recently launched “The Armory

a vast searchable database of information for World of Warcraft – taken straight from the real servers, updated in real time, and presented in a user-friendly interface. Since the Armory pulls its data from the actual game servers, it is the most comprehensive and up-to-date database on the characters, arena teams, and guilds of World of Warcraft in existence.

This needles to say freaked some folks out enough that Blizzard has chosen to address “player aversion to the Armory…by adding a new item, the Tinfoil Hat.”

The Burning Crusade added an abundance of new profession recipes and player-created items to World of Warcraft. One of these brand-new items is the Tinfoil Hat. While the Tinfoil Hat provides the wearer with added protection against mind control and other befuddlements, the hat’s most interesting and truly unique property is that it completely removes the wearer’s character profile from the Armory website and provides enhanced privacy for its wearer!

Now if we could only do that with our digital records.