XML GRRL to meet Identity Woman at OpenCMS Summit

Blogs are fun….I just learned that I will be on a panel with XMLGrrl author of Pushing String on Thursday at the OpenCMS Summit. I have been reading her blog for a long time.

I just got here this afternoon already I am longing for open space process (believe me we tried to convince them to use it). I lived through one terribly facilitated session. As a few of us who were in that session settled into the next one I mentioned that I was considering putting in a proposal for this years OSCON to do a session on meeting/group facilitation skills. Several folks were very supportive of the idea so I am am going to do it.

Women in Open Source

There was a great panel on Women in Open Source at OSCON. It raised some very interesting issues including the open question of why there is 10x fewer women in Open Source then in the regular tech industry (as programmers and technical roles). Worth thinking about more and I hope that O’Reilly and others can continue the inquiry within its events.

Passel: identity. remixed.

DizzyD presented on Passel and The Identity Gang is in the HOUSE! Johanes, Doc, Phil, Mary and Mary – wow three identity women.
He also didn’t really approach it right he didn’t get all the different systems and how they worked and we were all in the audience correcting him. It really highlighted the need for the workshop we are hosting in October.

Here is the summary:
How do I as user my identity on the web?
The ‘story that started it all’
Wife’s machine got Trojan. I had to change all passwords everywhere.

What is Identity?!
Identity is just another class of information we manage.
It’s a second-order problem. When I get on the net I get on it to do Identity Management other tasks.

What is Identity [Italicized] ?
Depends on the setting

Bottom line two fundamental types
third party vouch for and self asserted

His summary of the other stuff..

What are the options:
All others are not inherently evil.
everyone is throwing protocols against the wall and seeing which ones stick.
who do you trust to host you identity?

trust relatinoship between two entities on your behalf
“asserting” used a lot in this world….and I will use it a lot

Standards are well documented and widely deployed. Lots of infrastructure required for trust relationships. Conditionals and trust relationships not viable from an open source stand point. Took a lot of time for a second order problem.

Identity is locked into who the identity provider. You can change home sites. not locked in. Run on own machine. Powerful for users with centralized for user to move.

Send information back and forth and urls based.

No dynamic scripting needed. You have your identity URL tell via meta tag where identity server is. enter URL – blog URL. LiveJournal do you allow it to authenticate?

Can’t i-names do this?
He asserted wrongly that there was not reputation (global services launch will embed reputation in the messaging/contact system.

For Internet-scale Identity needs

  • Aggregate IDentity
  • Decentralized and open
  • Divers programming Language/environments
  • Interoperable implementations
  • Bootstrap off existing trust models

Gives you more control over data
Aggregates your identity via user-centric three-piece architechure
implemntations already started Perl, PHP, Java and C#
Pluggable trust models.

Generalized model for proving any DNS-based identifier
Trust Model

  • how you prove the signer
  • person x
  • Moving identity information proving that a
  • protocol how move around
  • plug in how you trust information

Agent (principle’s computer)

  • aggregates into portfolio
  • public private key and fingerprint
  • natively if not
  • Zip file on key – use on different locations

Signer (site that makes assertions)

  • signer issues token with for example 4 hour life span
  • agent must retrieve new token from dizzyd.com

Target (relying party)

  • how does the
  • retrieval of public key.

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R0mL..as I was saying

Ok in the treasure trove of yet to be posted posts is this gem from OSCON. R0ml gave an amazing (part II) of his talk that he did not complete last year. He will likely give part three the conclusion next year. The audience will be eagerly anticipating it. Here is the summary as best I can (his words are in italics). I must preface this by saying that words in text form are a poor representation of this man’s work as he takes presentation very seriously as a form of performance art.

He began with … as I was saying

Semasiology is the science of the meanings or sense development of words; the explanation of the words.

I wonder if we can collectively do a Semasiology of Identity perhaps that is a topic we can invite R0ml to consider with us since Optaros is considering and ‘identity’ practice.

He returns to a quote from the princess Bride where the guy says Inconceivable ‘I do not think it means what you think it means’

Summarizes last year’s talkwhere he made the point that the source of open source was not ‘code’ but instead was the requirements.

PART II – Really it was all about the CODE

Programs must be written for poeple to read, and only incidentially for machines to execute.

APL progammling language by Kenneth Iverson it was ‘easy to read’ and designed for Notation an a Tool of Thought.

(check out what it really looks like – totally not ‘easy to read’)

Why read?
70-80% of all “software development is maintenance
70-80% of all maintenance is reading old code and understanding
49-64% of the cost of CODE

WEB originates from this work Literate Programming by Donald Knuth. It is a method of composing programs. He felt the time was ripe for significantly better documentation of program and saw them as Works of Literature. He was an essayist whose main concern is with exposition and excellence of style.

With Literate Programming there are two steps
Tangle (create the code)
Weave (create the documentation)

Hence the aphorism: Given one Literate eyeball, most bugs are shallow.

This language and its associated programs have come to be known as the WEB system.

He said: I chose the name WEB partly becasue iftwas one of the fe three-letter words of the Engligh lanauge not applied to computers

We can also invite some other words to describe the programming process from this set of words.

SPIN (create requirements) …a ask in spining a yarn

Knit (create the test cases)

Fashion (generate the models)

We might wonder how good our spinning, knitting and fashioning are going in the identity space. Hopefully the IIW in October can help with all three.

Warning this next section has a lot of free association

Steven Roger Fischer wrote A History of Reading

How many people are computer literate?
The census bureau says there are
600,000 programmers in the US.
If you include other professions that also would read code as part of their job you reach about 1.9 million which is less then one percent. It is about 16 million people world wide which is 1/6th of one percent world wide.

Where does reading come from? All early reading involved simple code recognition very task oriented.

Sumarian writing developed
Enheduanna was the first poet in 2285 BC. and was the daughter of Kin Sargon.
Ada Byron – first programmer Countess of Lovelase is the daughter of a poet.

In Sumaria at the time this poem was written only 1% of population knows how to read in the Great City of UR.

Around 500BC.. Athenians 5% could read.

This was the Dark Ages 500 AD at it was asserted that what writing made presnet to reader pictures make present ot the illiterate.

That is the GUI…(Graphical USer interface)

Words were written down for Public Performance:

scripta manet verba volat

script remains verbal is volitle
writing is eternal, talk is ephemeral

This phrase did not mean this

To ‘read’ was to transmit, not to receive. Things written were written as memory aids.
To read was to speak…because of not for orators…

So this phrase really meant:

Writing reposes, speaking soars

Writing isn’t any good unless you read it out loud. Existance of the book meant that the speaker could be anybody.

GPL3 – GPL is a copyright.

Copyright protects against unauthorisze copying derivation, distribution or publicly performance.

What does it mean to publically perform software?

It means to ‘run the code’

The purpose of the code is to be performed.

GPL defines source code’s preferred form of the work for making modifications to it.


Voices of the Absent
The spanish theologian – Isidor of Seville (560-636 BC) – praised silent reading, too, for being without effort, reflecting on the which has been read rednering their in.

In 1999 St Isidore was named the patron saint of programmers
He wrote a treatise – Etymologiae (source) or Origines as sometimes called.
He compiled it – all existing knowledge and literature.

Authorship does not matter the collection of knowledge matters.

What happen next? In the early middle ages changes our understanding of authorship changed. Integrity of the Authors Source Code

Something changed meaning of word to read… it was now possible to read in silence…

789 Admonitio Generalis no standards improve aimed specifically at educaiton reading and writing.

Carolingian Minuscurle brought some standards in.
Alcuin of York 798-804

Words are separated use a blank space.
What 0 did for math the space di for reading.

Irish scribes created the fullstop, comma, semicolon
Standards emerged for heights (m) ascenders (b) decenders (g)

Reading went form public act to private act – reader is no longer shared the text with others.

Reading and writing was collaborative and became individual.
Reusable Software is collaborative.

will it become individual?

Readable software needs typography.

If you write scripts they will need maintenance.
If you write readable code they will soar.

Writing reposes, speaking soars
scripta manet verba volat

Programming is literature.
Reading is not performance.

Two gods of literature the reader and writer.
Rewriting of what the author has originally authored.

Moving away from respect to original author when writing became a silent and private act.

Intellectual Property is invented in 1251

So we flip back to authorship…

In antiquity we gave credit to original author because failure to respect honored ancestor.

Post renaissance -> more about legal requirement.

Couple hundred years 40-50% will read can read CODE.

When this happens will the collaborative nature dissipate?
Power of collaboration is essence of what it is about now but it may become a private act.

Symbolic manipulation skill.
Extent to writing skill – literary skill.
We have done this before.

Speaking venacular of that people are talking.

Semiotic agreement about core set of concepts.
Be liberal in what you understand.
Be strict in what in what you are trying to say.

Poetry is obfuscated.

Poetry is set in LINE.
The white space is significant.
Prose it is not.

Come to OSCON for Part III next year.