I am hanging out in Portland today and the AboutUs offices. They are a wiki of the web. Mark Dilly their community manager just shared with me a fun Identity issue they have. Bots go around and scrape things and then Camel Case them – but some times they mess up. It seemed like a bit of light Identity Humor to share.
Archives for March 2007
I have been on a whirlwind of a month and not really had a tone of time to Blog. Mike Jones just sent some great pictures of our time at the ITU. Someone found the country placards and gave them out to us while we listened to Lee of Connection Commons give a friendly rant about the future of telco’s, the internet, identity and business models. Only 1/2 the people in the room have a “buddy list.”
I must thank David Recodon for being a great travel buddie on this trip. Two jetlagged brains are certainly better then one navigating the London underground between airports.
Open Space at the ITU was fun for all involved and a bit revolutionary for them. We got a wiki going for the event and ongoing work of the Working Groups. I am playing a bit of a “Paul Trevithick” role heading up the group on the Lexicon, and Ecosystem. I am going to really dive into that starting on the 15th or March when I finally land for 3 weeks at home.
David and I also stayed at Ben Laurie’s house (Thank You BEN and CAMILLA) on our way back and helped with the Identity Society Meeting that Luke and Mark helped out with at the BT Tower. We were lucky to be there. Apparently some of the Londoners in attendance had never been up in it ever.
We are headed back to Geneva in April from the 23-25 for meeting 2 of the Focus Group and then to Brussels for the Identity Open Space in association with Liberty Alliance on the 26-27. That starts at 11am on the 26th.
If you want to help with the Lexicon the first thing we are doing is collecting links to existing ones in standards groups or organization working on this topic. Send me a link or add one to the wiki page. We should have an e-mail list going by the end of the week. The ITU-T focus group on Identity Management will have its third meeting Internet Identity Workshop [16-18 of May] (the 16th will be part of the IIW open space and the 17-18 will be of site at Verisign). So don’t feel you have to get to Geneva to participate.
I just got a note from my friend Jo Lee a woman active in the Nonprofit Tech sector (she developed citizen speak – the MoveOn for ultra local campaigns) that OpenID was in the NYTimes today.
Another challenge is persuading users to enter their information over and over when they join new online communities. To solve the problem, several firms are pushing a standard called OpenID, which would let users sign on and easily transfer profile information among social sites.
Marc Canter, a former Tribe.net consultant who has created his own social networking firm, People Aggregator, was an early supporter of OpenID. “Humans are migratory beasts, and we do not want to re-enter our data every time we join a new site,” he said. “Users own their data and should be able to move it around freely.”
It is interesting that Marc would say this about what OpenID does. Since all it does right now is let users authenticate porting their identifier around and if you use the simple extension a tiny amount of data. I hope that the community does find an open standards solution to data movement that empowers people. I think it is a bit irresponsible to tell the NYTimes that is what it actually ”does’ right now.