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Meeting an Immovable Object The Economics of Consumer Id...

Meeting an Immovable Object  The Economics of Consumer Identity Providers

In many parts of the world, Governments have been trying to engage industry IDPs to provide consumer identities to support government & citizen service requirements. In cases such as the US FICAM these results have at best been marginal. [1] The fundamental reason for lack of commercial IDP engagement is that the government requirements for high assurance credentials[2] […]

Is there a Relying Party in the [White] House?

Is there a Relying Party in the [White] House?

I was up on whitehouse.gov this morning signing up for a petition. Going through the normal account registration processes, I was looking in vain for the “login with Facebook” or “login with Google” buttons. I am sure this version of the identity system for the web site has been in place for some time, but […]

The Identity Information Ecosystem is ready for Startups

The Identity Information Ecosystem is ready for Startups

The Consumer Identity world has changed substantially over the last 6 or 7 years (a personal reference point). We have seen a lot of developments over that time. At a protocol level there have been several iterations of OpenID, the new one is pretty sexy (thanks Mike, John and Nat); Information Cards came and went; […]

The Steady State Theory of the Identity Universe

The Steady State Theory of the Identity Universe

Over the last year I have been looking at the question of large scale consumer identity systems, and how to bootstrap them. What struck me really early as I was considering this problem was how many conversations I had with smart people that ran something like this… “As an IDP, millions of people will beat […]

Sheesh – who knew this was going to be so hard

Sheesh – who knew this was going to be so hard

I had great intentions (am I in hell yet?) about discussing my thoughts and findings as I worked through the various issues relating to consumer identity My excuses are that a) proprietary and strategic value to my employer, and b) actually realizing I ought to shut up and test a bunch of thoughts … have […]