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Open Identity Exchange UK Board Election Results

I have the good fortune to work with several Boards of pragmatic, optimistic, and thoughtful individuals. The new OIX UK Board is a group of some of the identity’s best developers, marketers, and policy-makers. Their work can make a real difference for UK citizens, customers and member organisations. Thank you to all who voted to […]

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Identity Law & Policy Workshop Amsterdam

                The Open Identity Exchange organised and facilitated a legal and policy workshop on March 24, 2016 in Amsterdam, with the objective of advancing the discussion of the key issues surrounding the adoption of identity management legislation and in particular eIDAS . The workshop was co-sponsored by Verizon, Platform […]

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Warwickshire County Council & Open Identity Exchange Work Together on Digitized Blue Badge Application Pilot: Reporting Positive Results

The Warwickshire County Council and the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), together with Centralized Government services, have been working on a pilot of an online eligibility checker for Blue Badge applications. In the UK, Blue Badges allow disabled drivers or passengers to park closer to their destinations.   OIX and Warwickshire have worked with the Government Digital Service, Department for Transport […]

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Passport Office Update on Digital Service

In the six months since the Open Identity Exchange published its White Paper, Digital ID Photo Sending Service, the use of digital photographs to assert identity has been gathering pace. In the private sector, venture capital continues to pour into this space. Retailers such as Timpson are exploring opportunities to develop in this field, while governments like Estonia pilot […]

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ArkHive – The identity shop by Timpson

Background ArkHive is a new concept brand from The Timpson Group. Timpson was founded in 1865 and now the group includes the Timpson shoe repair shops and the Max Spielmann and Snappy Snaps photo shops. The group is now one of the UK’s biggest providers of ID photos, which is what pushed us to start […]

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Digital Identity Across Borders

Cabinet Office together with Barclays, BBA, FCA, Difi Norway and BankID, participated in an OIX project that looked at the use of digital identity across borders, specifically within the financial sector context. The project tested the following hypothesis: ‘Individuals coming to the UK will be inclined and able to open a UK bank account online, […]

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International Law and Policy Workshop White Paper

The recent Identity Management Law and Policy Workshop at the World Bank highlighted how pivotal a time this is for Open Identity Exchange members with global interests. The Open Identity Exchange has published a white paper that reports on those discussions. The EU is pushing forward with new regulations regarding the use of eID. The […]

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International Identity Law & Policy Workshop

The Open Identity Exchange, along with the American Bar Association’s Identity Management Legal Taskforce and the World Bank, hosted a workshop on January 14, 2015 in Washington D.C. with the objective of discussing the main concerns surrounding the adoption of identity management law and policy, helping to develop a common language around internet identity. Attendees […]

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The Venn of Internet Identity Regulation

One of the take-aways from the Open Identity Exchange Economics of Identity Conference last week in London was potential impact of regulatory and legislative changes driven by the European Union’s eIDaSS program and the common digital market. Andrea Servida, Head of the EU’s Task Force on Identity, outlined the changes that will redefine digital markets […]

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The Venn of Internet Identity Regulation

One of the take-aways from the Open Identity Exchange Economics of Identity Conference last week in London was potential impact of regulatory and legislative changes driven by the European Union’s eIDaSS program and the common digital market. Andrea Servida, Head of the EU’s Task Force on Identity, outlined the changes that will redefine digital markets […]

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ForgeRock Technologies in OIX-Sponsored Attribute Exchange Alpha Project

Author: Simon Moffatt, Solutions Director, ForgeRock In recent months, the OIX blog has run a series of articles and papers regarding projects involving the UK Digital Service, the Cabinet Office and local government entities such as the Warwickshire Council. These projects largely stem from the UK Government Digital Strategy initiative through which the government is […]

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Accelerating the Digital Identity Marketplace

At work and at home we rely on secure and efficient online services. Many of those services don’t need to know who we are (at all, let alone with any degree of assurance) to provide us with what we need. Some do, and as internet security concerns increase, that set is increasing. Applying for a […]

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KDDI Joins Verizon and Deutsche Telekom to Set the Direction for OpenID Connect on Mobile Platforms

The Japanese Mobile Network Operator and market leader KDDI has joined the Board of Directors of the OpenID Foundation.  KDDI joins Verizon and Deutsche Telekom as global telco giants helping set the direction for OpenID Connect on the platform of choice; the mobile device. KDDI’s leadership comes at an opportune time as the MODRNA Working Group […]

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Announcing the OIDF iGov Working Group

A recent US NIST announcement describes the newly formed OIDF International Government Assurance Profile (iGov) Working Group which is an international public and private sector collaboration that will develop an interoperable profile of OpenID Connect to allow users to authenticate and share consented attribute information in a consistent and user-centric manner. With over 10 international […]

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OIX: A Pragmatic Approach To Distributed Ledgers

Blockchain and other ‘crytpo-tech’ discussions are all the rage, and rightly so. Distributed ledgers, shared among all computers running the same protocol, present a very tempting solution to the problem of how to enable many parties using a multitude of different systems to deal with high volumes of items that need to be tracked individually […]

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The Authority of the Neutral Judge

Anyone who has been to a Yankee game in the Bronx knows that the umpire’s best day is when the fans forget he’s on the field. In his mind, he only gets recognized after having made a mistake. One can’t help but see the parallel to the United States Supreme Court in light of the […]

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The Authority of the Neutral Judge

Anyone who has been to a Yankee game in the Bronx knows that the umpire’s best day is when the fans forget he’s on the field. In his mind, he only gets recognized after having made a mistake. One can’t help but see the parallel to the United States Supreme Court in light of the […]

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First of a Kind/One of a Kind

At the OIX pre-discovery event in May, senior representatives from leading private and public sector organizations, many of them OIX members, collaborated on the first step of analyzing how they wanted to define open identity services in the UK. A federated approach to internet identity as the engine of a cross sector market model were […]

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Using attribute exchange to gain customer trust and transform service delivery

The first principle of good on-line service design is to put the customer first. This can be quite straightforward when an organisation is in complete control of an online transaction. It becomes a lot more difficult when other organisations are involved. This is often the case in local government transactions where information about a customer’s […]

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How to Reduce Fraud and Improve Online Safety through Identity Provider Signal Sharing

CIFAS (the UK fraud prevention service) estimate that over 60% of fraud is data driven identity crime, so there is enormous value to customers, service providers and identity providers in account takeover prevention. The Open Identity Exchange UK investigated how a ‘shared signals model’ might reduce fraud and improve online safety through a discovery project […]

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Open Identity Exchange Member Meeting Notes

OIX member meetings are “dog fooding” exercises. We walk our talk of transparency in the hope that members trust the organization they contribute their time and treasure. This is to share notes from our last meeting. Survival, if not success, of organizations like Open Identity Exchange (OIX), requires a very clear, precise description of the […]

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Blessed are the Doers for They Shall Inherit the Ecosystem

Pilots and problem solving, like science experiments, don’t always work as expected. But we always publish results in the hope we can advance the conversation. OIX takes on the hardest problems in identity like liability. We enable competitors to collaborate through a remarkable IPR container used by global leaders. OIX has helped pilots involving shared […]

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Building Blocks of Trusted Transactions

Many of you have heard me talk about the need for a registry of trusted identity systems and the vision for OIXnet over the last couple of years. Today I am proud to announce the launch of OIXnet at RSA 2015. OIX has a global reputation for managing pragmatic pilots. So no surprise, this launch […]

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Open Identity Exchange Launches OIXnet: A Global Registry for Trust Frameworks

Open Identity Exchange Members, OpenID Foundation, SAFE-BioPharma, and SecureKey to be the First to Register at OIXnet RSA Conference 2015, San Francisco, CA – April 22, 2015 – Today the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) launched OIXnet™, an online registry of trust frameworks and identity systems. It is the first registry developed by global leaders across […]

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OIX Welcomes New Members – Barclays, ForgeRock and Timpson Join the OIX Board New Members include Escher Group, E-sign, Etive, KYCme, Morpho (SAFRAN), and Tricerion Limited

San Ramon, Calif., March 4, 2015 ‑ The Open Identity Exchange today announced that Barclays, ForgeRock and Timpson have joined the organization at the board level, and Escher Group, E-sign, Etive/Digital Log Book, KYCme, Morpho (SAFRAN) and Tricerion Limited have joined as general members. These distinguished companies bring a great deal of leadership and expertise […]

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Checking In on Existence Checks

We recently completed the OIX “Overseas Pensions” discovery project. The specific focus was on an “Existence Check” process, a face-to-face process to determine the recipient of pension payments is still living. Whilst there may be sensitivities around such checks, there is a real need to prevent fraudulent access to pension payments, both opportunistic and organised. […]

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Toward a Modern Magna Carta for Internet Identity

Many have noted similarities in the work of the US National Strategy on Trusted Identity in Cyberspace’s via its Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, and in the UK via HMG Cabinet Office Identity Assurance Program via its Identity Steering Group. After the recent US National Strategy on Trusted Identity in Cyberspace Plenary in Atlanta, I attended […]

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Can attribute provision transform local government services?

We recently published the OIX white paper “Can Attribute Provision, Together with Identity Assurance, Transform Local Government Services?” written by Rob Laurence, Innovate Identity and Ian Litton, Warwickshire County Council. This white paper presents the findings of the discovery project that involved the UK Cabinet Office, Warwickshire County Council, Mydex and Verizon. Read the White […]

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OIX Welcomes New Members – KPMG, Adobe, Callsign, ComSignTrust, Escher Group, iSignthis, Lumenous, v-auth and T-Mobile USA

San Ramon, Calif., November 13, 2014 ‑ The Open Identity Exchange today announced that Adobe, Callsign, ComSignTrust, Escher Group, iSignthis, Lumenous, v-auth and T-Mobile have joined the organization, and KPMG has joined at the Executive Board level. By joining the OIX, these distinguished companies are validating and demonstrating their support for OIX as an identity […]

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The Name is the Thing: “The ARPU of Identity”

The name is the thing. The name of this Open Identity Exchange White Paper, the “ARPU of Identity”, is deliberate. ARPU, Average Revenue Per User, is one metric telcos use to measure success. By deliberately using a traditional lens that telcos use, this paper puts emerging Internet identity markets into a pragmatic perspective. The focus […]

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Crossing the Chasm of Consumer Consent

This week Open Identity Exchange publishes a white paper on the “ARPU of Identity”. The focus of the white paper is on how MNOs and telecommunications companies can monetize identity markets and thereby improve their average revenue per user, or ARPU. Its author and highly regarded data scientist, Scott Rice, makes a point that caught […]

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Crossing the Chasm In Mobile Identity: OpenID Foundation’s Mobile Profile Working Group

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) worldwide are in various stages of “crossing the chasm” in the Internet identity markets. As Geoffrey A. Moore noted in his seminal work, the most difficult step is making the transition between early adopters and pragmatists. The chasm crossing Moore refers to points to the bandwagon effect and the role standards […]

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Standing Out and Delivering: OIX in a Crowded and Noisy Ecosystem

In a world where we constantly receive information at an ever-increasing rate, it’s hard for any one organization to stand out. It’s harder still to hold the attention of OIX members. They are a smart and sophisticated bunch when it comes to Internet identity. OIX members include industry leaders, venture-backed start-ups, universities and governments who […]

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General Availability of Microsoft OpenID Connect Identity Provider

Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Azure Active Directory OpenID Connect Identity Provider. It supports the discovery of provider information as well as session management (logout). On this occasion, the OpenID Foundation wants to recognize Microsoft for its contributions to the development of the OpenID Connect specifications and congratulate them on the general […]

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US Government Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Joins the OpenID Foundation

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has joined the OpenID Foundation (OIDF). ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and utilize the most advanced health information […]

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Economics of Identity Workshops Off to a Successful Start

By all accounts our Economics of Identity series of workshops are off to a successful start. We kicked the series off in London where standing room only attendees “voted with their feet” by staying attentive to the end and where we generated more buzz than bloviation. 150+ attendees from private sector took to their seats […]

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A Keeper of the Keys

I blogged about a new OIX White Paper we’ve just published, “Exploring the Role of Mobile Identity Assurance”, by Nick Foggin. The paper summarizes the outcomes from the UK’s first mobile network operator alpha trial. Nick’s experience in publishing an OIX White Paper reflected the value of an objective expert’s assessment and an insider’s view […]

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Exploring the Role of Mobile in Digital Identity Assurance

You have likely heard me preach about the value of OIX White Papers at an event or via my blogs in the past. OIX White Papers are more “ silver buckshot” than “silver bullets” in that they are always pragmatic, objective and take one of two perspectives: a retrospective report on the outcome of a […]

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The Economics of Identity

Those of us working on Internet identity issues have lots of conferences to attend when it comes to technology and privacy. Less attention has been paid to how to make money, how value is created, and how business models and monetization works across sectors. Meanwhile governments and companies are reorganizing to better address Internet identity […]

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Working the Way the Web Works

Open Identity Exchange (OIX) White Papers are like “silver buckshot” in that they focus on hot issues and opportunities in emerging identity markets. OIX white papers are driven by the needs of the members but the goal of each white paper is that they stand on their own to deliver value to the identity ecosystem […]

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More Momentum: OpenID Connect Adoption

In my last blog, I noted, “it’s time to build out the final elements of OpenID Connect and move to mobile.” We’ll soon announce the official working group with the GSMA focused on a OpenID Connect mobile profile. Foundation members, partners and independent developers continue to integrate OpenID Connect in robust and interoperable identity services […]

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Growing list of OpenID Connect libraries available

The list of publicly available OpenID Connect libraries is growing, with implementations available for numerous development platforms and environments, including Drupal, Java, PHP, Python, and Ruby. See the Libraries page for a list of OpenID Connect libraries, as well as libraries implementing the related JSON Web Token (JWT) and JSON Object Signing and Encryption (JOSE) specifications. These libraries make […]

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Last Call on the Launch and the Move to Mobile

This is my first blog after a successful OpenID Connect launch in San Francisco, Barcelona and Japan on February 26th. The launch generated global buzz and coverage. Below are a few links to my previous posts highlighting statements of support and press coverage: Statements of Support Additional Statements of Support OpenID Connect Press Coverage Congratulations […]

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No Oscars, But OpenID Connect Launch Receives International Raves

This past Wednesday, February 26th, the OpenID Foundation, it’s members and the OpenID Connect Working Group successfully launched the OpenID Connect standard in the US, Europe and Japan. The launch generated press coverage at RSA in San Francisco and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This was made possible by you; our members, contributors. Thanks […]

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The OpenID Foundation Launches the OpenID Connect Standard

Providing Increased Security, Usability, and Privacy on the Internet RSA 2014 and Mobile World Congress- San Francisco, CA, and Barcelona, Spain – Feb. 26, 2014 – The OpenID Foundation announced today that its membership has ratified the OpenID Connect standard.  Organizations and businesses can now use OpenID Connect to develop secure, flexible, and interoperable identity […]

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A Great Day for Internet Identity

Passwords are a pain. Internet security is difficult. But getting consensus among competing vendors, independent developers, privacy advocates seemed impossible. But OpenID Connect is finally done. This internet identity layer is already helping websites, enterprises and mobile network operators identify people. OpenID Connect enables better privacy controls and stronger (and more user friendly) authentication. Application […]

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OpenID Connect FAQ Now Available

With the OpenID Connect specifications expected to be approved on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, a set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions has been published at http://openid.net/connect/faq/ to help answer questions people might have about OpenID Connect. OpenID Connect is an interoperable authentication protocol based on the OAuth 2.0 family of specifications. It uses straightforward […]

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OpenID Connect Launch: Statements of Support

Last week I blogged about how we are in the final stretch of launching OpenID Connect on Thursday, February 26, 2014 at RSA in San Francisco, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and in Tokyo with OpenID Foundation Japan. In that blog, I mentioned some of the industry leaders who have been and will be adopting […]

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Vote for Final OpenID Connect Specifications and Implementer’s Drafts is Open

Please vote now at https://openid.net/foundation/members/polls/80. The OpenID Connect Working Group recommends approval of the following specifications as Final OpenID Specifications: OpenID Connect Core – Defines the core OpenID Connect functionality: authentication built on top of OAuth 2.0 and the use of Claims to communicate information about the End-User. OpenID Connect Discovery – Defines how Relying […]

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In the Final Stretch of Launching OpenID Connect

After 4 years of painstaking (and occasionally painful) collaboration among industry competitors, we are a few weeks away from launching OpenID Connect at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, in Tokyo via OpenID Foundation Japan and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with the GSMA. This is an important milestone in the evolution of online identity […]

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Result of First Election for Corporate Member Board Seat

Beginning in 2014 and each year thereafter, Corporate Members of the OpenID Foundation will elect a member to represent them on the OIDF board. All corporate members were eligible to nominate themselves, second the nominations of others who self-nominate, and vote for candidates. It is rare that the OpenID Foundation suffers from an embarrassment of […]

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14 Day Notice of Vote for Final OpenID Connect Specifications and Implementer’s Drafts

The official voting period will be between Tuesday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 25, 2014, following the 60 day review of the specifications. For the convenience of members, voting will actually open a week before Tuesday, February 18 on Tuesday, February 11 for members who have completed their reviews by then, with the voting period […]

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Internet Life Verification: Using Social Data as Part of the Identity Verification Process

PDF (12 pages – 1.33 M) – This paper summarises the findings from an investigative project on the subject of internet life verification (ILV). ILV is the process by which an individual’s identity can be verified through analysis of their online activity including social media use. By using the predicative algorithms in these systems it […]

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Review of Proposed Final OpenID Connect Specifications and Implementer’s Drafts

The OpenID Connect Working Group recommends approval of the following specifications as Final OpenID Specifications: OpenID Connect Core – Defines the core OpenID Connect functionality: authentication built on top of OAuth 2.0 and the use of Claims to communicate information about the End-User. OpenID Connect Discovery – Defines how Relying Parties dynamically discover information about […]

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Steering Collaboration

The Open Identity Exchange (OIX) has recently published a white paper (written by Ian Litton and Rob Laurence) on the first completed Identity Steering Group (IDSG) project. The paper examines how a local authority’s identity assurance scheme, in this case, Warwickshire County Council (WCC), could work with the central government scheme, potentially leading to a […]

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No Silver Bullets: But There’s Gold in There – The OIX Attribute Exchange Trust Framework Specification

Those of you who slog through work groups, committees, etc. in this space know there is not a “silver bullet” that solves the technical, policy, and practical challenges of building trust in online identity.  I think of the OIX white papers and Working Group reports like yours as “silver buckshot” attempts to unpack, test, and […]

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OpenID® Trademark and Service Mark License

The OIDF board recently voted to adopt an OpenID Trademark and Service Mark License policy. The following are some of the guidelines regarding acceptable uses of OIDF trademarks outlined in the license: The owner of OIDF marks must be clearly identified as the “OpenID Foundation”. For example, “OpenID® is a trademark (registered in numerous countries) […]

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Microsoft publicly participates in OpenID Connect interoperability testing. | Thread Safe

Testing of Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) support for OpenID Connect has been going on for some months, Microsoft is now publicly participating in the OSIS interoperability testing. While most people think of Connect as being adopted by Social sites like Google for Login, it is also gaining traction in enterprise targeted services like WAAD […]

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Ping Identity CTO Patrick Harding Joins OIX Board of Directors

Ping Identity®, The Identity Security Company™, today announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Patrick Harding, has joined the board of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building trust in the exchange of online identity credentials across public and private sectors. As one of the newest members of the OIX board, along […]

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It Takes a Village to Raise an Ecosystem

On August 21, 2013, SecureKey, an OIX Executive board member, announced it had been awarded a contract by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to provide the cloud-based authentication infrastructure for the new Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX).  I congratulated Andre Boysen, SecureKey’s Chief Marketing Officer, on winning a contract that could send ripples across the identity […]

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APA Publish Trust Framework Pilots OIXnet … and it’s not all Academic

OIX is preparing to announce the first OIXnet prototypes in October 2013. The American Psychological Association (APA) Publish Trust Project is among the first OIX members to participate in the OIXnet pilot as an early adopter of the registry. The Publish Trust Framework (PTF) examines the feasibility of adding trust values to online identities for […]

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Login to Your Salesforce Org with OpenID Connect in Winter ’14

The Winter ’14 release includes OpenID Connect Authentication Providers, allowing your org to be an OpenID Connect Client, and leverage an Authorization Server for user login. Let’s take a look at how this works: If you want to walk through the protocol in detail, there’s an excellent, detailed description on Google’s Developer site. (Source) http://blogs.developerforce.com/developer-relations/2013/09/login-to-your-salesforce-org-with-openid-connect-in-winter-14.html […]

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Vulnerability Alert – OpenID 2.0 Implementations Vulnerabilities found in some OPs

Please be advised a number of OpenID Authentication 2.0 server implementations were found to be vulnerable due to non-compliance to the normative requirements of the OpenID Authentication 2.0 specification. The nature of the vulnerability In section 11.4.2.1 of the OpenID Authentication 2.0, it is stated that “For verifying signatures an OP MUST only use private […]

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O5 Internet Identity Summit – London

OIX Internet Identity Summit Agenda The Open Identity Exchange (OIX) and the UK Cabinet Office will host The O5* Internet Identity Summit on the 10th October 2013 in London. This international event brings together government officials and private-sector leaders to continue collaboration in the rapidly emerging market of internet identity trust. Following the OIX-O5 summit […]

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OIXnet on the Road

In my blog dated July 31, 2013, and titled "Deploying Discipline Before Technology" I wrote about meetings in Cambridge, MA, where I briefed the MIT Communications Futures Group on the OIXnet initiative.  This was the first of many as I take the OIXnet concept on a "roadshow" to gauge interest as due diligence and utilize […]

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Deploying Discipline Before Technology

Last Tuesday, July 23, 2013, I briefed the MIT Communications Futures Program on OIXnet in Cambridge, MA.  The MIT CFP’s vision is to define the roadmap for communications and its impact on adjacent industries.  CFP is a new partnership between MIT and leading industry organizations across the entire communications value chain.  Trust frameworks have become a recent focus of the […]

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Second OpenID Connect Implementer’s Drafts Approved

The OpenID membership has approved the following specifications as OpenID Implementer’s Drafts in the vote held from July 23 and July 30, 2013: Basic Client Profile – Simple, self-contained profile for a Web-based Relying Parties using the OAuth code flow. Implicit Client Profile – Simple, self-contained profile for a Web-based Relying Parties using the OAuth […]

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OpenID Connect Server in a Nutshell

Nat Sakimura has written a valuable post describing how to write an OpenID Connect server in three simple steps. It shows by example how simple it is for OAuth servers to add OpenID Connect functionality. This post is a companion to his previous post OpenID Connect in a Nutshell, which described how simple it is […]

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Vote for Second OpenID Connect Implementer’s Drafts is Open

Please vote now at https://openid.net/foundation/members/polls/68. The vote is open between July 23 and July 30, 2013. The OpenID Connect Working Group recommends approval of the following specifications as OpenID Implementer’s Drafts: Basic Client Profile – Simple, self-contained profile for a Web-based Relying Parties using the OAuth code flow. Implicit Client Profile – Simple, self-contained profile […]

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Summer Shuffle

Sam Eckland will be leaving OIX this month to begin law school at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. As project manager, Sam has been responsible for communications and strategy development for OIX since November 2012. Sam’s accomplishments include leading content development for the OIXnet concept; managing the re-launch of content and layout for […]

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OpenID Connect / Account Chooser Meeting @ IETF 87 Berlin

OpenID Foundation is hosting a joint WG meeting at IETF 87 Berlin on Sunday, July 28. Time: 2:00pm, Sunday, July 28 Venue: @IETF 87 Berlin, Germany Registration Site: http://openid-ietf-87.eventbrite.com People interested in OpenID Connect, Account Chooser, and how they relate to IETF specifications such as OAuth, JSON Web Token (JWT), and JSON Object Signing and Encryption (JOSE) […]

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A Pipeline of White Papers

Companies, organizations and governments turn to the Open Identity Exchange for pragmatic market engagement, and perhaps nowhere is this better reflected than in OIX white papers. This summer, OIX has commissioned a pipeline of white papers authored by leading domain experts to address the most challenging issues facing the emerging identity market. These white papers […]

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Presentations from Monday’s Workshop at CIS

Below you will find links to the full presentations delivered at the OIX Workshop Monday, July 8 at the Cloud Identity Summit in Napa, California. Programme Collaboration David Rennie | UK Identity Assurance Programme The Attribute Exchange Network (AXN) Trust Framework: Final Report Dave Coxe | ID/DataWeb, Co-Chair of the Attribute Exchange Network WG Pete Graham | Verizon, […]

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The Epicenter of the Identity Ecosystem

One doesn’t build ecosystems, one swims in them. David Rennie got it right with his “primordial ooze” analogy in Monday’s presentation. Ecosystems are dynamic-driven by market forces shaped by regulations and standards. For a week the epicenter of the identity ecosystem is in Napa at the Cloud Identity Summit.  Among some 800 participants, I’m pleased to see the overwhelming numbers of […]

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[seminar] Simplifying Enterprise IdM – OpenID Connect and SCIM

OpenID Foundation Japan’s Enterprise identity working group (EIWG) will host the following seminar. The working group is a joint working group with Japan Network Security Association’s Identity Management WG. Date: July 4, 2013 Time: 14:00-17:00 Venue: Nomura Research Institute, Marunouchi Centre 9F. (Tokyo) Entrance: Free Capacity: 100 Langauge: Japanese Cloud environment has spread through the […]

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OIX Workshop Monday July 8 at CIS

The Open Identity Exchange will be hosting a workshop on the morning of Monday July 8, at the Cloud Identity Summit in Napa, California. David Rennie from the UK Cabinet Office Identity Assurance Program will kick off the workshop with a report on the progress of the groundbreaking UK initiative and its partnership with OIX. The OIX Workshop Agenda features exciting news […]

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“The Vocabulary of Identity Systems Liability” Published

Fear of liability is one of the most significant impediments to participation in the emerging identity market. Yet the term “liability” is often misapplied, and the risk of liability is often misunderstood. The OIX Board of Directors is pleased to announce the publication of the first of a series of white papers addressing one of […]

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Review of Proposed OpenID Connect Implementer’s Drafts

The OpenID Connect Working Group recommends approval of the following specifications as OpenID Implementer’s Drafts: Basic Client Profile – Simple, self-contained profile for a Web-based Relying Parties using the OAuth code flow. Implicit Client Profile – Simple, self-contained profile for a Web-based Relying Parties using the OAuth implicit flow. Messages – Defines the messages that […]

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AB/Connect WG recommends for the 2nd Implementer’s Drafts

Today, OpenID AB/Connect Working Group recommended the OpenID Foundation management that the OpenID Connect drafts are ready for vote for the 2nd Implementer’s Draft. The working group believes that the drafts have attained a stable state that the working group do not foresee normative technical change hereafter. The list of the drafts that the working […]

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OpenID Foundation Workshop at the European Identity Conference

Another European Identity (and Cloud) Conference has come and gone, and once again it was accompanied by an OpenID Foundation Workshop with excellent attendance as a pre conference event. John Bradley presented OpenID Connect at the Kantara workshop as well. The presentations on OpenID Connect, Account Chooser and Backplane exposed attendees from the EU, Australia, […]

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Sue Dawes Joins OIX as UK Program Manager

We are pleased to announce that Sue Dawes has joined the OIX team as UK Program Manager. In this role, Sue will continue to manage the affairs of OIX in the UK, with specific reference to the directed funding program, the OIX IDAP Alpha Projects and White Papers. Coordinating the OIX IDAP steering group (agenda, […]

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SecureKey: Furthering Pragmatic Engagement on the OIX Board of Directors

Today I am happy to welcome SecureKey to Executive Level membership at the Open Identity Exchange and Andre Boysen to a seat on the OIX Board of Directors. SecureKey has established itself as one of the preeminent companies in the identity space, having operationalized multi-factor authentication at scale. Additionally, SecureKey’s involvement with the Government of […]

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Tip of the Hat to David Jackson

David Jackson, OIX UK Programme Manager, will be leaving May 24 to become Group Finance Director of a $300 million materials technology business with operations in 40 countries. David will be leaving behind a diverse range of accomplishments in the UK where OIX has been collaborating with member organizations, the UK Cabinet Office, and identity […]

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SecureKey Named to OIX Board

Mobile Identity and Authentication Leader to Help Shape a New Trust Framework TORONTO, Canada, May 22, 2013 –SecureKey Technologies Inc., a global leader in building identity and authentication ecosystems, today announced that it has joined the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) at the executive level, joining the board of the non-profit organization dedicated to building trust […]

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Consult Hyperion joins OIX

Trusted online transactions are a core interest of leading UK technology consultancy Consult Hyperion, the leading independent IT consultancy specialising in secure electronic transactions, has joined the Open Identity Exchange (OIX). OIX is a non-profit trade organisation driving the adoption of new and existing online identity products and services through the development of trust frameworks […]

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Remembering Anne

I was proud to represent OIX and the internet identity community and the wake and funeral of Anne Smedinghoff, daughter of OIX counsel, Tom Smedinghoff. Anne, a U. S. Foreign Service Officer, died in the service of her country as she was traveling with a group to deliver books to a local school in the Zabul […]

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OIX UK to host April 22 Meeting on DALLAS Programme

OIX UK will be hosting an event at Microsoft’s central London offices next Monday, April 22, sharing news and next steps from the three-year Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale (DALLAS) programme that commenced in mid-2012. The DALLAS programme was one of the first “alpha projects” and was supported by grant funding from the UK Technology Strategy […]

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898 Days

Trust Frameworks aren’t easy documents to draft and trying to get a group of competitors to work cooperatively to write such a document doesn’t make it any easier.  If those competitors have large legal and compliance departments it’s going to take even more effort. (And almost all big companies do.) But agreement can and does […]

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The Times Tackles Big Data with Our Friend Scott

“Corporate executives and privacy experts agree that the best way forward combines new rules and technology tools,” writes The New York Times’ Steve Lohr in Sunday’s column, “Big Data Is Opening Doors, but Maybe Too Many”. Somebody’s been talking to Scott David… In fact the article directly references OIX’s former general counsel, member of the OIX […]

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The Elephant in the Room

To paraphrase a newcomer to the online identity space on her first exposure to the NSTIC IDESG Plenary process in Phoenix: there was an elephant in the room…the lack of elephants in the room. She became immediately skeptical of what could get done at the conference, and left dissatisfied in her investment in time. I’m […]

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Identity Alphas

Identity Assurance is made up of many different areas of work, as you’d expect of a complex programme. Whether they’re focused on business processes, security, commercial models, government standards or anything else, they all share the common goal of producing results that are actually fit for purpose. And the only effective way to ensure that […]

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Japan Identity and Cloud Summit Highlights Demand for International Interfederation of Trust Frameworks

I am writing from Tokyo after important Board meetings at the RSA Conference in San Francisco followed by a highly successful Japan Identity and Cloud Summit. The OpenID Foundation and OIX helped sponsor a conference with registration topping 700 and content that reflected a deep understanding of federated identity in the enterprise and the standards needed […]

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Bucking the Four Horsemen: OIX holds first Public-Private Partnership Summit with O5 Countries

The Open Identity Exchange played host to nearly 40 leading industry actors and government officials responsible for implementing identity assurance in the US, UK, Canada, Denmark, Mexico, and New Zealand Thursday morning at the first OIX-O5 Summit on Public-Private Partnerships in Internet Identity. Our roundtable discussion paired government officials with their private sector partners in […]

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OIX IDAP Innovation Warehouse Meeting March 5

Members of the IDAP Identity Steering Group (IDSG) will be hosting the next OIX IDAP meeting at the Innovation Warehouse on March 5. OIX IDAP Innovation Warehouse Meetings are an efficient and effective forum for technology innovators, policy advocates and potential subcontractors to receive status updates about the IDAP and position their products, points of […]

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OpenID Foundation 2013 Community Board Member Election Results

Thanks to all who voted for the board members who will represent the community at large on the OpenID Foundation Board of Directors. Nat Sakimura, John Bradley, Mike Jones and George Fletcher have been elected to two year terms. All are returning community board members, ensuring continuity and deep technical expertise to the Foundation. Henrik […]

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Not a Dog: The Economist Addresses Public-Private Partnerships in Online Identity

On Thursday, The Economist ran an editorial and an article on public-private partnerships in online identity, referencing both the US work around NSTIC as well as the UK IDAP. I was pleased to be a source for these articles. Check them out for a rarity among business publications; well-articulated arguments for why, as they bring public services online, […]

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Janrain Joins OIX to Help Build the Open Identity Trust Framework

Janrain, the leading provider of user management solutions for the social web, announced today that it is joining the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), a non-profit organization dedicated to building trust in the exchange of online identity credentials across public and private sectors. Janrain has a storied history in supporting the mission of OIX and OIDF. […]

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Alpha Starts: OIX Tests Toughest Online Identity Challenges

OIX is launching a series of Alpha Projects, funded by OIX members to develop, test, and share solutions for the UK cross-Government Identity Assurance Programme (IDAP) that has global implications for online public-private identity transactions. IDAP Alpha Projects A key component of HMG’s “digital by default” initiative, the IDAP, managed within the Cabinet Office’s Government […]

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Account Chooser Sample Application

Tim Bray recently blogged about a sample application using Account Chooser. Those of you who are following this work to solve the “Identity Provider Discovery” problem are encouraged to check it out. Source URL: http://openid.net/2012/12/07/account-chooser-sample-application/

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2013 OpenID Foundation Community Board Member Election Announcement

This is to announce the OpenID Foundation community board member election process and schedule for 2013. The Foundation plays an important role in the evolution of Internet identity technologies. Those elected will help determine what role the OIDF should play in helping facilitate faster and broader adoption of open standard identity systems. Last year two […]

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Identity Assurance – Stepping Up a Gear

Yesterday, with the announcement by DWP of the first Identity Provider (IdP) framework for government, the Identity Assurance Programme passed an important milestone in the development of a cross-government identity assurance platform. We now have a group of suppliers with whom we can work out the practical issues of becoming operational as Identity Providers across all of […]

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Mydex Trust Framework recognized by OIX

Mydex, the personal data store and trusted identity provider, today successfully secured approval for its “Mydex Trust Framework” to be listed by the Open Identity Exchange. Read the full release.

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OpenID Connect and Account Chooser Deployers’ Meeting at IETF 85

People interested in OpenID Connect, Account Chooser, and how they relate to IETF specifications such as OAuth, JSON Web Token (JWT), and JSON Object Signing and Encryption (JOSE) are meeting at IETF #85. We will meet at 1:00 on Sunday, November 4th, and have the room all afternoon. An overview of the specifications and status […]

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OpenID Connect Technology Meeting, Oct 22 , 2012

OpenID Connect Technology Meeting will be held on Oct. 22, 2012 at Google, Mountain View. Bluewater Tech Talk Room Google Building 1220 1220 Charleston Road Mountain View, CA Lunch is at 11:30am and the meeting starts at 12:30pm. Non Members are welcome to attend, but must be aware of the OIDF IPR policy. You can […]

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Announcing the OpenID Backplane Protocol Work Group

For website owners, enabling web applications to talk to one another within the same web page can be frustrating and can take countless hours of development. How should apps communicate with each other in a meaningful way? The OpenID Foundation’s new Backplane Protocol Work Group is focused on this exact problem — helping website owners, […]

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miiCard Joins OIX to Help Develop Online Trust Standards

Leader in Online Identity Verification to Help Shape a Trusted Ecosystem for Digital Identity Online identity verification service miiCard today announced that it is the first United Kingdom-based identity service provider to join the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), a non-profit organization dedicated to building trust in the exchange of online identity credentials across public and […]

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Some of the OpenID Foundation Summit July 2012 videos available

On July 16, 2012, we had OpenID Connect Interop and OpenID Foundation Summit in conjunction with the Cloud Identity Summit 2012, in Vail, Co. Both sessions were very well attended. We decided to record some of the session. It was an on-the-fly decision, so not all session were recorded and some had glitches, but I […]

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Leveraging OpenID within an IDaaS Model

Good presentation last week at CIS 2012 from Vikas Jain on the scenarios for leveraging OpenID for IDaaS models. There are many emerging applications for using OpenID in this way and Vikas talks about a number of use cases for the Enterprise including: Front-end authN into IDaaS using OpenID SSO to OpenID Protected Apps from […]

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The National Institute of Informatics/GakuNin Receives OIX FICAM LOA1 Assessor Credentials

GakuNin, the Academic Access Management Federation in Japan, today announced that it is qualified as a U.S. FICAM Trust Framework Level of Assurance 1 (LoA1) Assessor by the Open Identity Exchange (OIX). GakuNin is affiliated with the National Institute of Informatics (NII) and was formed to ensure interoperation among the authentication platforms of various universities […]

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Respect Network Brings Together Neustar and Swisscom as Founding Partners of World’s First Trusted Data Network

Vail, Colorado—July 16, 2012—Respect Network Corporation, a San Francisco based technology company, today announced it is forming a global network for the trusted exchange of personal data and has secured Neustar (NSR) and Swisscom (SCMN.VX) as founding partners. The announcement was made during the Open Identity Exchange Meeting taking place here during the 2012 Cloud […]

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Easier done than said: The challenge of third-party digital identity credentials

Her Majesty’s Government is making a bold commitment that new digital transactions from central government departments such as the DWP’s Universal Credit will adopt a federated model for identity registration and credential authentication so UK citizens don’t have to create yet more user names and passwords. This approach will require close collaboration and dialogue with […]

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‘Teams of rivals’ essential for interoperable Internet identity

The term “team of rivals” has famously been used to describe how Abraham Lincoln reconciled the personality differences of his political rivals and leveraged their strengths to help run his administration and push forward agendas for the common good. Similarly, when I use the term I’m referring to industry leaders putting their personal and professional […]

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Productive Collaborations Essential for Achieving Identity Management Initiatives

The Open Identity Exchange (OIX) recently hosted a two-day member workshop with several representatives from the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service (GDS), a Cabinet Office in the Home Office. The representatives are responsible for creating and implementing innovative identity management programs for the UK. They understand that collaboration with industry and the public is critical […]

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Open Source Approach Needed for Advancing Internet Identity

European-based identity and security analyst firm, KuppingerCole, recently announced that OpenID Connect was awarded the 2012 European Identity and Cloud Award in the category for Best Innovation/New Standard. This recognition was largely based on OpenID Connect’s potential to significantly change digital identity using a simple interoperable Internet identity protocol to improve the way we interact […]

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When You Build a Bridge from Both Sides

Don Thibeau sent me an article this week from John Battelle’s Searchblog entitled, “What Doesn’t the Valley Understand About Washington?” Answering that question is a large part of what comprises my work at McBee Strategic, which is helping guide innovative companies, ideas, and technologies through Washington’s legislative, regulatory, and communications gauntlet in order to connect […]

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Jumpstarting the Internet Identity Ecosystem

I accepted an invitation from the Center for Identity at the University of Texas to participate in an upcoming panel at ID360: The Global Forum on Identity entitled, “The NSTIC Difference for Individuals, Businesses and Government.” As Executive Director of the OpenID Foundation (IOIDF) and Chair of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), I have a […]

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Commitment: “More Like the Pig Than the Chicken.”

During my recent visit to London for the OpenID Workshop, I was invited to present the mission of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) to the programme board and a group of industry stakeholders of the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) Identity Assurance Team. It was a timely demonstration of the OIX’s role of helping public […]

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From Aspirations to Advancing NSTIC

When I was first invited to join the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) Advisory Board, it was a welcome surprise to see several names on the board who I’ve come to know and respect from our Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management Roadmap and Implementation Guidance (FICAM) discussions. FICAM is multi-faceted and required collaboration and consultation […]

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Business Models, Liability and Governance of Internet Identity

One of the key takeaways from the last board meeting was that the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) should take every opportunity to help inform and advance conversations about Internet identity with a focus on governance, liability and business models. This is true in public and private sector engagements in the US (NSTIC), the UK (tScheme), and […]

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The ABCs of NSTIC Governance

The OIX Reception after last week’s NIST and Department of Commerce meetings in D.C. was a great opportunity to get folks together and make introductions. One of the hot topics that reflected our earlier discussions in San Francisco was: Q: What will the NSTIC Steering Committee steer? A: It will steer Internet identity standards, a […]

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OpenID to Discuss Benefits of an Open Standard for Authorization

I would like to invite you to an upcoming OpenID London Workshop where me and Kick Willemse, CEO of Prooflink and Board Member of the OpenID Foundation, will discuss the benefits of establishing an open standard for authorization (OAuth) that allows users and organizations to quickly and safely publish, share and interact with highly confidential […]

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Building Trust in Online Identity

As the Internet evolves, so do technologies and policies that drive online identity, security and privacy. The challenge for everyone involved is keeping up with the changing needs around online communications, interoperability and security. At first glance this would appear to be a technical problem, but the fact is creating, adopting and enforcing best practices […]

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October is National Cybersecurity Month

October is National Cybersecurity month so a shout out goes to our colleagues at The National Cyber Security Alliance NCSA’s mission is to educate and therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared […]

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OIX Response to “Models for a Governance Structure for the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace”

This document sets forth the response of the Open Identity Exchange (“OIX”) to the Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) issued by the Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for “Models for a Governance Structure for the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace”. OIX has designed this response to set […]

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Prooflink joins Open Identity Exchange to create an international accepted online identity ecosystem

As of today, the European based online identity service provider, Prooflink joins the open identity exchange, a non-profit corporation serving as a neutral provider of trust frameworks for open identity technologies. By contributing to the OIX, Prooflink lays a foundation for their current and future customers to accept multiple international identity providers, like Google, Paypal, […]

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The Open Identity Exchange, The US National Strategy For Trusted Identity in Cyberspace and Today’s Identity Ecosystem

In the 16 months since it was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, The Open Identity Exchange, OIX has been gathering expertise and building tools to support the development of a new kind of trust frameworks. Open Identity Trust Frameworks serve the needs of all stakeholder groups in emerging identity ecosystem data/identity systems across the Internet. […]

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Connect.Me Publishes the Respect Trust Framework with OIX

MUNICH, GERMANY, European Identity Conference (May 10, 2010) — At the opening of the European Identity Conference in Munich today, Connect.Me™ announced publication of the Respect Trust Framework™ with Open Identity Exchange™. This is the first personal trust framework designed to give individuals control over the sharing of their personal data on the Internet, mobile […]

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Meeting in the White House Situation Room

The Board of the Open Identity Exchange met with Vivek Kundra, US CIO, Howard A. Schmidt is the Cyber-Security Coordinator of the Obama Administration, the White House NSTIC National Security Staff and Jeremy Grant NIST Senior Executive Advisor. Mr. Grant has been selected to manage the establishment of a National Program Office for the National […]

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It was NPR not Oprah

I can die now that I’ve been a talking head on NPR! Allow me to rewind for a minute. On Tuesday, March 15 I had the privilege of appearing on Washington D.C.’s NPR radio station, WAMU, and the Kojo Nnamdi Show on “Cyber Security and Your Internet Identity”. Replay My mother was excited to hear […]

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OIX Welcomes Newest Member American Psychological Association

The Open Identity Exchange (OIX), the non-profit organization dedicated to building trust in the exchange of online identity credentials across public and private sectors, today announced that the American Psychological Association (APA) has joined the organization. The APA is the world’s largest organization of psychologists and a leading publisher of scholarly works and research databases […]

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OIX and Open Forum Foundation Build Trust in Online Constituent Identity

Open Identity Exchange has funded the Open Forum Foundation to study the development of an online constituent identity trust framework, a critical piece of online citizen engagement infrastructure that will facilitate access for authenticated constituents and advocacy groups to have meaningful online interactions with their elected officials. The grant comes just days after Secretary of Commerce […]

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Questions with Eric Sachs, Product Manager at Google Security and CIO Departments

Eric Sachs has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of user identity and security for hosted Web applications. During his five-plus years at Google, he has worked as a Product Manager for many services, including the Google Account login system, Google Apps for Your Domain, orkut.com social network, Google Health, Google Security, […]

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Questions with Scott Rice, Chief Information Officer, PacificEast

After spending the first half of his career in traditional technology development and information systems management, Scott Rice has enjoyed the migration to designing and overseeing development of specialized internet-based, real-time information products. Scott is currently the Chief Information Officer at PacificEast Research, a West Coast-based provider of telecom-centric information services.  He had previously served […]

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OIX Board Meets with White House National Security Staff

On September 8, the OIX met with the White House National Security Staff on the development of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). OIX has engaged government leaders regarding new identity technologies and complex policy issues such as identity levels of assurance, trust frameworks and legal liabilities. We discussed a practical path […]

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Questions for Nico Popp, Vice President, Identity and Authentication Services at Symantec

Nico Popp is a founding board member of the OIX.  He heads product development for VeriSign Trust Seal Services, now a Symantec business. Nico was Vice President of Product for VeriSign Authentication Services where he had responsibility for the Managed PKI and strong authentication product lines. At VeriSign, Nico introduced several new products, including VeriSign […]

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OIX Welcomes Newest Member AT&T to Board of Directors

Burton Catalyst Conference, San Diego, CA – July 27, 2010 – Open Identity Exchange (OIX), the non-profit organization dedicated to building trust in the exchange of online identity credentials across public and private sectors, today announced the addition of AT&T as their newest Board member and plans to launch a new Telecom Data working group.   AT&T joins […]

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Kantara Initiative and OIX Announce Collaboration to Grow Trust Framework Adoption

San Diego, CA – July 27, 2010 – Open Identity Exchange (OIX) and Kantara Initiative announced today that they will begin collaborating on digital trust framework development to build and promote adoption of a robust online trust ecosystem. Digital trust frameworks enable trust in transactions such as logins, registrations, and online eCommerce by allowing digital identity credentials produced […]

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OIX Launches at RSA

Washington, D.C. and San Francisco — March 3, 2010 — Industry leaders Google, PayPal, Equifax, VeriSign, Verizon, CA, and Booz Allen Hamilton today announced at the RSA Conference 2010 the formation of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) www.openidentityexchange.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to building trust in the exchange of online identity credentials across public and private sectors. With initial grants […]

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OIX Commences Open Government Pilot with National Institutes of Health

Washington, D.C. — March 3, 2010 — Open Identity Exchange (OIX), www.openidentityexchange.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting an Internet-scale trust ecosystem, announced today it will commence work on an open government pilot under the requirements set forth by the ICAM Trust Framework Adoption Process (TFAP) established by U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The National Institutes […]

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President of OpenID Society Discusses OIX with NFAIS

Philadelphia — March 3, 2010 – Hal Warren, President of the OpenID society, yesterday addressed members of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) and announced to the group the formation of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX). The NFAIS is a membership association for all organizations that create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of […]

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Internet Identity System Said Readied by Obama Administration

By James Sterngold Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) — The Obama administration plans to announce today plans for an Internet identity system that will limit fraud and streamline online transactions, leading to a surge in Web commerce, officials said. While the White House has spearheaded development of the framework for secure online identities, the system led by […]

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