The European e-Identity Conference

I don't often mention my speaking agenda, but next week I'll be giving the opening keynote at a conference in Paris that looks like a great opportunity to exchange information.  It is hosted by EEMA (which has morphed into the European Association for eIdentity and Security) and ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency).  If you've been sitting on the fence, it looks like the conference has really come together. Here's the program.

One track is called “managing identity” (in the largest sense) with presentations about architecture and application development approaches by Siemens, SEALED and SAP.  It includes roundtables on interoperability, security-identity interfacing and SOA. 

The other track is on “social networking” with presentations on Netlog and Facebook, and a fascinating series of roundtables on a nice taxonomy of reputation issues.

And that's just day one!  Day two is huge. 

Mike Jones and

Everyone who has met me has probably met my colleague Mike Jones, who put his work as a researcher at MSR on hold because he got so interested in user-centric identity and Information Cards.  He has now started to blog – check out the InfoCard showing Mike and Dale onstage at Novell Brainshare. 

For those new to Information Cards, you don't normally share an InfoCard with someone else.  This was truly a “they did it because they could” moment… 

On March 21st at Novell’s BrainShare 2007 conference, Dale Olds and I co-presented the session “Who are you? From Directories and Identity Silos to Ubiquitous User-Centric Identity”. Our presentation was a brief history of digital identity solutions, ranging from a password per application to interoperable user-centric digital identity using the Information Card metaphor and several steps in between.

demo self-issued cardThe coolest thing in the session was the first public demo of the Bandit/Higgins cross-platform Identity Selector. During the demo Dale and I both used the same self-issued Information Card (that I created on the BrainShare show floor 🙂 ) to log into a Bandit relying party site, Dale from Linux and me with Windows CardSpace. As Dale and Pat Felsted blogged, two days later the Bandits also demonstrated their selector running on the Mac. Also see Pat’s post on the Details of the Cross Platform Identity Selector.

Great progress towards enabling everyone to answer the question “Who are you?” online with the Information Card of their choice!

BTW, you'll see that Mike, like me, is using pamelaware for WordPress – and accepts comments through infocards.  If you use WordPress, you should check it out.