Governor James says, “Strange -your feed hasn't been updating in bloglines? I had no idea you had been so busy.” I moved my blog from RadioLand to www.identityblog.com. Does anyone know if there is something wrong with the way I did the transition?
Meanwhile Craig Burton, who can't resist a good line, writes:
You gotta love it when Kim goes off on passport and states a law that makes it obsolete for its supposed original purpose. Of course Kim is so diplomatic that you almost forget that what he is saying is that Passport failed. Further Passport will not be the basis of Microsoft's Identity infrastructure.
I like the drama, but I fear Craig has missed on my main point. Which makes me think I mustn't have been quite clear enough. So let me try again.
Microsoft put a lot of effort into an important identity experiment early in the Internet cycle. As is the case with many projects we undertake when creating new technology, Passport was successful at some things and unsuccessful at others. I try to show it was very successful when in line with the Third Law, and unsuccessful when not in line with it.
But my main point is that there has been an important “learning” here. And it will apply to everyone who wants to get involved with identity. This is full of implications for any party who tries to develop a business plan based on intervention in identity processes
Craig goes on to say:
Think of the implications of this new law. If Microsoft is going to participate in providing infrastructure that meets the criteria of the three laws, it will have to be willing to allow infrastructure that can operate sans Windows. Hmmmm. It could happen.
No. Not it could happen. It really really should happen.
As I promised Marc Canter, I want to see the big bang that will occur in software innovation shortly after we as an industry put in place a new distributed identity fabric open to all and fundamentally respectful of the people using it.
That is what I think the Web Services stack allows us to do – if we can rise to the occasion. Let's do it.