infocard

About: microsoft's vision for an identity metasystem

source: Kim Camerons Identity Weblog
In this example, after installing the new computer (or mouse), the user can employ InfoCards that require her to present her fingerprint.  Later, if she decides she doesn't like using a fingerprint, she can go back to what she was doing before - or try something new.  In other words, be human.  Importantly, none of these changes require changes to the web sites she visits, which can be insulated from the vagaries of identity technology.

The analogy I'm trying to make is this:  we can plug in different keyboards or different video displays until we find one that meets our needs.  As users we require the same flexibility in deciding how we protect our identities.  At the same time, clearly we can't ask every web site to know all about our identity configurations.  Thus the need for an identity metasystem.
I for one hail the advent of infocard.  I hope it works, is easy to install, and is well supported by the industry.

Tags

  1. infocard
  2. identity

Comments


Seth says
source:  News.com  Gates: End to passwords in sight
Now, with Windows Vista, Gates feels he finally has the right weapons to supplant the password as a means of verifying who is who on computers and over the Internet.
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InfoCard is Microsoft's second try at an authentication technology after its largely failed Passport single sign-on service, unveiled in 1999.

InfoCard attempts to address the complaint many critics had with Passport, which was that people's information was managed by Microsoft instead of by the users themselves and the businesses with which they dealt.

Although Microsoft has talked about InfoCard, and early versions of the InfoCard code were released to developers last year, Gates' speech marked one of the first times Microsoft has demonstrated publicly just how it might work.

I hope this works.  It depends on how well it is recieved by the other plyers in the industry, FireFox, Google, Ebay, etc


Seth says
first implementation information that i have seen is here url http://blogs.msdn.com/andyhar/archive/2006/02/20/535333.aspx. Hopefully FF will implement this too.

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