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nicolas_popp | 10 May 2010 | 0 comments

When Achilles was a baby, the oracle predicted that he would die in battle from an arrow. Thetis, Achilles' mother who did not want her son to die decided to dip Achilles' body into the water of a river that would make him immortal. Unfortunately, Thetis had held Achilles by the heel which was not washed over by the magic water. Achilles grew up to be a Great War hero, whose apparent invincibility had turned him into a legend. But one day, an arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him instantly.

When it comes to consumer identity, Facebook looks more and more like the Achilles' of identity. Every day, it is growing more powerful and invincible. Yet, a growing stream of concerns is gradually exposing the social warrior's vulnerability to security and privacy. Nevertheless, as a website, Facebook...

nicolas_popp | 03 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

One of key challenges in federated authentication network is the establishment of trust between an identity provider (IDP or OP) and relying party websites (RP). In the real world, contractual agreements provide a simple out-of-band mechanism to effectively bind two parties into a trust relationship. When it comes to federated identity networks, peer to peer contracts between many identity providers and a myriad of relying party websites do not provide for a scalable process. Therefore, open federated networks need a trust assurance framework to bootstrap trust between the three parties (the user, the OP and the RP).

The basic idea is that if an OP can be certified to comply with a set of industry best practices, the RP should be able to enter into open identity exchange where both the websites and the consumers are reasonably protected. Of course, a pragmatic trust assurance...

nicolas_popp | 12 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

Great news for OpenID aficionados, the largest identity social network is embracing OpenID. With 221M users, one could easily conclude that OpenID has just received the stimulus package that it needed to finally achieve critical mass. But, what does it really mean for OpenID? While we are all looking forward to the day FaceBook becomes both an OpenID provider and relying party, the initial impact is more likely to be a significant change in the OpenID user interface. As shown, here and...

nicolas_popp | 27 May 2008 | 0 comments

The controversy around personal and social data portability is growing. For consumers, it is an important issue because it will determine how much ownership they will be able to enforce upon their "digital identity" that lives today across competing Internet silos. For the silos, the Google, FaceBook, Yahoo! and Microsoft of the world, a lot is at stakes since, ultimately, it is about whom consumers will entrust with their digital self.

Undoubtedly, data portability is the natural child of federated identity (more on that in a future post). Personal and social data are an important part of any consumer identity'. Like identifiers, credentials and profile attributes, social graphs, activity streams belong to the end user who created them in the first place. In the long run, consumers will require full control, privacy, security and portability over...

nicolas_popp | 19 May 2008 | 0 comments

The issue of personal data portability is rapidly moving center stage. So, what is the big fuss about and what is really at stake here?

For us, as consumers, it is an important issue because eventually, it will determine how much ownership we will be able to enforce upon our personal data and content, including our social graph, that today, is dispersed across competing social networks and Web portals.

For Google, and FaceBook (FB), the stakes are equally high. Ultimately, the winner could take it all and be the one who really drives revenue from social networking. But to understand, we need to review the controversy first.

It really all started with OpenSocial. OpenSocial was Google's response to the rapid rise towards hegemony of FB APIs. To counter FB, Google...