Last week's announcement about the OpenID Foundation, and news of participation by a number of large industry players has echoed far and wide. In fact, Bill Gates announced Microsoft's decision to collaborate with the OpenID community almost a year ago at RSA (See the CardSpace / OpenID Collaboration Announcement and a lot of Blogosphere discussion or postings like these from identityblog.
Since the announcement many of us have been involved in sorting out the intellectual property issues which plagued the community. We've come through that, and arrived at a point when we can begin to look at how the technology might be integrated into various services and user experiences. We've also made progress on looking at how the phishing vulnerabilities of OpenID can be addressed through Information Cards and other technologies.
My view is simple. OpenID is not a panacea. Its unique power stems from the way it leverages DNS – but this same framework sets limits on its potential uses. Above all, it is an important addition to the spectrum of technologies we call the Identity Metasystem, since it facilitates integration of the “long tail” of web sites into an emerging identity framework. The fact that there is so much interest from across the vendor community is really encouraging.
Here's some of coverage I have been made aware of. It ranges from the fanciful to the accurate, but demonstrates the momentum we are beginning to acquire in the identity arena.
IDG News Service
Major Vendors Join OpenID Board
(Appeared in: The Industry Standard, Computerworld, InfoWorld, The New York Times, PCWorld.com, CSO, Techworld, iT News, Reseller News New Zealand)
OpenID Foundation scores top-shelf board members
Microsoft, Google, IBM Join OpenID
OpenID: Google, Yahoo, IBM and More Put Some Money Where Their Mouths Are
Microsoft and Google join OpenID, but where’s Cisco?
David “Dave” Greenfield
The Web's Biggest Names Throw Their Weight Behind OpenID
OpenID Foundation Embraced by Big Players
OpenID Foundation – Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo
Major Tech Companies Join OpenID Board
OpenID Welcomes Microsoft, Google, Verisign and IBM
PC Pro Online
OpenID receives heavyweight backing
Google, IBM, Microsoft and VeriSign join Yahoo on OpenID
OpenID family grows – How it can transform Identity Federation between enterprises
Technology Leaders Join OpenID Foundation to Promote Open Identity Management on the Web
Conde Naste Portfolio
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo Agree … on Open ID
Microsoft, Google and Yahoo Join Hands – Over OpenID
OpenID Goes Corporate
OpenID Gets Star Power
Windows IT Pro
Industry Behemoths Join OpenID Board
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo gain seats on OpenID Foundation board
Microsoft! snuggles! with! Yahoo! on! OpenID!
San Francisco Chronicle
Tech heavyweights join OpenID Foundation board
Deborah (Debbie) Gage
Cox News Service
One password for the Web? Internet giants back idea
(Also appeared in Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
IT heavyweights join OpenID project
IT Pro UK
Industry giants join OpenID foundation
Computer Business Review
Industry bigwigs back OpenID single sign-on
Password pain looks set to ease
Microsoft, Google Sign On To OpenID
OpenID Has Big New Friends
Real Tech News
Microsoft, Google, Verisign, Yahoo! and IBM Join OpenID’s Board
OpenID gains support for online single sign-on
(Also appeared in ITworldcanada)