Open identity expert flies the Microsoft coop

Open identity expert flies the Microsoft coop

Summary: That didn't last long. Dick Hardt, the digital-identity expert hired by Microsoft in December 2008, has decided to leave the company.

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That didn't last long.

Dick Hardt, the digital-identity expert hired by Microsoft in December 2008, has decided to leave the company, as first reported by TechFlash's Todd Bishop.

Hardt is the founder and CEO of Sxip Identity. He was known for his take on the “Identity 2.0″ concept (and blog of the same name). Identity 2.0, or digital identity, is focused on using emerging technologies like OpenID to improve cross-vendor authentication and user security.

Hardt referred to the past 12 months as the "Year of Darkness." He elaborated on his new digital-identity blog:

"I only  wrote a couple blog posts. I was inactive in the OpenID community. I did not talk to press or analysts. I gave no public presentations.

"On the positive side, I was given the opportunity to herd the cats on OAuth WRAP and get it out the door."

In his blog post, Hardt said he was moving to San Francisco, and planned to get back to posting, speaking and blogging more about identity. No word yet on where he'll be working.

Microsoft officially has been backing the OpenID authentication and access-control standard. But some of its officials, like identity expert Kim Cameron, have expressed worries regarding OpenID's security and usability.

Topics: Browser, Microsoft, Security

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • When the going gets tough, the tough get going MJ?

    nt
    D T Schmitz
  • It sure sounds like he shouldn't have gone to MS

    in the first place.
    It sounds like it was an entirelly different direction then what he was used to, so it makes sense that he should go back to what he likes to do.

    Like a stage actor that decides to run the finance dept.

    How long would that last?
    John Zern
    • Not if he wanted to achieve something

      ?Year of Darkness?, some of us remember the "decade of darkness" under
      the MS abusive monopoly.

      Yet another leaving the company that does so little;-)
      Richard Flude
    • I know Dick and, alas, I know OpenID

      And when I heard he'd joined MS I thought that hell had indeed frozen over.

      If ever there was a poor-fit it was Dick and Microsoft.

      Dick is a very effective and entertaining speaker. He's a smart guy who, alas, has a similar ability to Steve Jobs in terms of being able to create a halo-effect around himself leading people to have unqualified levels of confidence in his assertions.

      Unfortunately it is this very persuasiveness that led to the world getting behind OpenID. OpenID is, on the face of it, a nice, simple way of using one ID at multiple sites. However, it is fundamentally flawed and, frankly, outright dangerous because if your OpenID is compromized (which is easy to do), then your OpenID is then compromized at EVERY site you've used it.

      I wish Dick every success for the future and sincerely hope he turns his talents to more worthwhile causes than continuing to put lipstick on the OpenID pig.
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  • RE: Open identity expert flies the Microsoft coop

    [i]?I only wrote a couple blog posts. I was inactive in the OpenID community. I did not talk to press or analysts. I gave no public presentations.[/i]

    This guy sounds more like an attention whor_e than anything else. Did he not realize Microsoft has its own public relations group?
    Loverock Davidson
    • I guess that is why YOU post HERE (nt)

      nt
      Economister
  • RE: Open identity expert flies the Microsoft coop

    Just want to make it clear that Dick and I have always agreed about the importance of OpenID, the fact that some of its features need to be improved, and that we should all get behind it to make it successful. <a href="http://www.identityblog.com/?p=1070">For example...</a>

    So Microsoft will continue to support OpenID as we have since the beginning. Recently we shared a sketch of an identity selector for OpenID that addresses the usability and security issues - many in the community are interested in collaborating to evolve this.

    We'll all keep working together on identity. And I certainly wish Dick the best in his new endeavor.

    Kim Cameron
    kcameron
  • RE: Open identity expert flies the Microsoft coop

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