The IIW is an "unconference" where ideas related to user-centric identity are discussed in an open, freeform manner and conversation topics are determined by the event participants. Last week I went to the Internet Identity Workshop held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
People manage their online identities across the range of websites, services, companies, and organizations that they belong to, purchase from, and interact with. In its simplest form, Internet identity covers the technical and user-experience aspects of site signup, login, profile usage and permissions, social networking, data-sharing, storage of personal information, and the associated issues of privacy and security that arise. At the IIW, companies that normally compete in the marketplace collaborate to explore and solve the challenging issues around Internet identity.
This year's hot topics of conversation included, but were not limited to:
OAuth and data portability w/OpenID
OpenID and OAuth are powerful methods for getting a user signed up and into a site and moving that user's profile data between websites. The implications for Havi Hoffmanng a combined spec for both OAuth and OpenID are quite exciting.
Open profile sharing
Using methods such as OpenID Attribute Exchange 1.0, companies like Yahoo!, MySpace and Google can feature Open Profile Sharing, allowing users to take their data with them to other trusted sites. The integration of totally portable data across many sites on the Internet is vital for the social Web communities.
A seamless logged-in user experience is the ideal scenario for many users, especially the growing number of users who traverse the Internet, checking multiple social networks and content providers during one session. The ongoing discussion of single sign-on continues to be an important theme at this workshop.
Activity streams data formats standards
Activity streams, like the activity stream feature in Yahoo!'s MyBlogLog, is a feature that both providers and relying parties (RP) want to integrate into their sites. The benefits of Havi Hoffmanng a relying party's data available on another relying party's site and/or featured on a provider site are huge; portable activity data can help a relying party's business evolve to the next level.
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