Finally signed on to Henri Poole's excellent Affero service - check it out (and if you're glad I sent you, let me know).

Lots going on, and there's always so much more to do.

ID Commons Workshop

Just came back from a great three-day Identity Commons workshop in Sebastopol. Lots of great people, and five main projects were defined as essential to getting things rolling:

  1. Marketing/Outreach
  2. Open Source Technology
  3. Fund raising/Revenue
  4. Greenhouse/Project Interface
  5. Legal/Org./Constitution

I'm heading up the technology project - gotta set the single sign-on distributed authentication / XRI-lite / profile access management all set up in three months.

Joi Ito on Identity

In a recent blog posting, Joi Ito wrote:

You don't care if my real name is Joi Ito or where I live exactly. As a blog reader, you probably care if it is the same blogger that has posted all of the other blog entries on this blog.

Precisely - for reputation to accrue and be trustable, all you need to know is that it is the same identity/actor as the last time.

Identity Value Propositions

In talking to colleagues about how one can market their data successfully and still remain in complete control of it, I see that there are areas that could use some clarification, or at least some use cases.

Blogger signatures

Just found this thread over at BurningBird. It appears Baldur Bjarnason is also pushing for signed weblogs - very cool!

Secure Blogging

Given the sorts of "reputation" mechanisms (Technorati, etc.) that are springing up in the blogging community, it seems that it would be valuable to have the capability for blogs to be signed by a non-spoofable entity (person or pseudonym). Does this capability already exist? Does RSS have tags for (e.g.) a PGP signature guaranteeing content and authorship?

The Elusive Holy Grail

First and foremost, there must be a major immediate benefit for the user. Persistent online identity - the long-elusive holy grail of "single sign-on" - offers one such, both for the consumer-oriented and the civic-minded. But how do we get mass acceptance of such a new technology among the civic-minded when it's the consumer that such services are being built for?

One path is to help the average user with managing the most valuable resource they have: their attention.


Tasked with designing a simple identity framework for the Augmented Social Network, a good place to start is a shared basic vocabulary.

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