The big news out of the RSA conference is the announcement of a "marriage" of OpenID and CardSpace. For those that aren't up on the inner workings of user-centric identity: CardSpace is Microsoft's instantiation of the InfoCards Meta-system that Kim Cameron proposed several years ago; OpenID is a URL-centric identity protocol that has grown up with the grassroots nurturing of players like Sxip Identity, JanRain, Verisign, Cordance, Six Apart, and Netmesh.
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[Ed. The OpenID protocol is rapidly gaining momentum in the social networking arena.
The RSA conference always serves as one of the two or three windows that the identity community uses to launch new products (the other two being Burton Group's Catalyst and our own Digital ID World conference). As such, the weeks leading up to RSA always feature a spate of new company briefings.
I first met Brian Oberkirch at the Syndicate conference in San Francisco in December of 2005. At the time, I'm quite sure that he didn't know of my connection to Digital ID World, or identity in general.
Every now and then a technical disagreement betrays the state of a marketplace. That phenomenon is currently happening in the user-centric identity trenches.
[Note: Eric is having trouble posting today, and I have posted this article for him. So "I" refers to Eric in this article.
Having graded our identity predictions from last year, its time to venture forth into the uncharted waters of 2007. The following are our divinations on what is to come:1.
At the beginning of 2006, we posted a list of predictions over on Digital ID World for the upcoming year in identity. In keeping with our historical tradition, I'd like to grade our past performance prior to looking toward the future.
[Ed. We have recently seen a rise in interest in several new identity technologies.
Back in the early mists of identity time, "identity management" was referred to as "AAA" (triple A) -- authentication, access control and authorization. Over time, AAA evolved to mean authentication, authorization and acountability.