As an outcome of the discussions that have been taking place here in the Blogosphere – and in-person meetings – it is exciting to convey the following joint announcement by JanRain, SXIP Identity, VeriSign and Microsoft:
JanRain, Microsoft, Sxip, and VeriSign will collaborate on interoperability between OpenID and Windows CardSpaceâ„¢ to make the Internet safer and easier to use. Specifically:
- As part of OpenIDâ€™s security architecture, OpenID will be extended to allow relying parties to explicitly request and be informed of the use of phishing-resistant credentials.
- Microsoft recognizes the growth of the OpenID community and believes OpenID plays a significant role in the Internet identity infrastructure. Kim Cameron, Chief Architect of Identity at Microsoft, will work with the OpenID community on authentication and anti-phishing.
- JanRain, Sxip, and VeriSign recognize that Information Cards provide significant anti-phishing, privacy, and convenience benefits to users. Information Cards, based on the open WS-Trust standard, are available though Windows CardSpaceâ„¢.
- JanRain and Sxip, leading providers of open source code libraries for blogging and web sites, are announcing they will add support for the Information Cards to their OpenID code bases.
- JanRain, Sxip and VeriSign plan to add Information Card support to future identity solutions.
- Microsoft plans to support OpenID in future Identity server products
- The four companies have agreed to work together on a “Using Information Cards with OpenID” profile that will make it possible for other developers and service providers to take advantage of these technology advancements.