Friday, September 15, 2006

Another node in the XDI DataWeb

The Netgroup of University of Rome Tor Vergata have brought up an instance of the open source XDI server to further their project to develop user-centric self-reconfiguring radio equipment (E2R project)

Check out these links:
G.Bartolomeo, S. Salsano, N. Blefari-Melazzi authored the paper: "Exploiting Access Control Information in User Profiles to Reconfigure User Equipment" - International Workshop on Ubiquitous Access Control (IWUAC 06), July 17, 2006 - San Jose, California, USA

It’s cool stuff and very exciting for me to see people using xdi to solve real-life problems.

Week at the knees

What a week!! Not enough that it was Digital ID World so ‘everyone’ was in town. In honor of Digital ID World we ran our $5 i-name promotion. The promotion got picked up by Slashdot… and we survived, with our servers intact. We were hoping to sell 100 i-name during the promotion; we sold almost 1000. Additionally, I had some great meetings and participated in some great sessions at IOS (Identity Open Space, day one of DIDW).

It’s really starting to feel like we have pushed the ball to the top of the hill and it’s about to start rolling down the other side… It’s going to pick up size and momentum and smash into the identity silos blowing them apart (or they can open their doors and let the inevitable roll through, but once those doors are open they aren’t going to be closed again).  

…And once we have distributed identity then we can manage distributed data… XDI, here we come.

Put a LID on it

Great to see Drummond and Johannes getting together jammin’ to the XDI groove. As you may remember we did an XDI/LID integration demo about a year ago with Johannes’s help.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

I Want My Name Now

I have talked lots about i-names and promised value of an abstracted global unique identifier. We are slowly but surely inching our way toward realizing that value. On Monday we will hit’s base service compliance deadline and you will see all of the current i-name registrars (I-Brokers) offering the authentication, contact and forwarding services. If you already have an i-name be sure to go to your i-broker and configure your services so that you can start to use them.

If you don’t have an i-name yet, or if you want more, this would be a great time to jump in. In celebration of the services launch and the Digital ID World conference we are running a three day promotion that lets people buy i-names for just $5. At that price I think it’s a no-brainer to buy a name just in case these things take off. If they don’t, you’re out $5, big deal. If they do take off you’ll look like a genius. How many time’s have you wished that you’d got into the .com space earlier?

Go to on Monday, Tuesday or the first half of Wednesday to get your low cost name.

Friday, September 08, 2006

You should ph-off

Just for fun I built a FireFox plug-in to help protect OpenID users from phishing and Pharming attacks. The idea for this plug-in first came from Nat Sakimura one of the board members and I was finally launched into action when Dick Hardt said "the solution is that we need 'something' on the client" the other week at an OpenID tech workshop. Now, I don't know if this is what Dick had in mind but it should raise the bar for a would-be phisher to succeed if it's used right.... Go on, ph-off