Waxing lyrical about identity management

* Heard at Internet Identity Workshop

I saw and heard a lot that was very interesting at last week’s Internet Identity Workshop meeting, including the impromptu rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody by Sun’s Eve Maler, and ably (?) assisted by Laurie Rae, Peter Tapling, Derek Fluker, Bill Johnson, and Wes Kussmaul.

They did rewrite the lyrics to make them more appropriate to identity management (“Bohemian Identity”). Intel’s Conor Cahill filmed the performance and will soon post it. Watch for info on that on his blog.

Of more technical interest were two short demonstrations I saw, both related (at least tangentially) to OpenID. The first was almost literally a “dog and pony show” by Sxip’s Dick Hardt. Sxipper is Sxip’s newest offering, represented by a loyal, lovable dog.

While it’s still in beta, Sxipper promises to be a major boon to those looking for a well-designed Web-based single sign-on solution plus (SSO+). The “plus” is a form-filling tool that allows the first visitor to a form to map the fields and send the resulting semantic map back to the Sxipper site. Subsequent Sxipper-enabled visitors to that form will see their data automatically populated into it.

This is a decided improvement on, say, the Google toolbar mapper which frequently (usually because of errors on the Web page) misunderstands the data needed. With Sxipper, the user can edit the map to correct any problems before sending it off. Sxipper also understands OpenID and is quite ready to offer it on your behalf to any sites that accept it for authentication.

Right now Sxipper only works with the Firefox browser, but it’s such a nifty tool that it makes a compelling reason to install Firefox (as if there weren’t already many compelling reasons).

The second neat thing I saw was VxV's vAuth for OpenID. VAuth, is a voice-biometric system which easily integrates into any existing markup language-based application and is designed to operate as a federated, third party authentication solution. VxV has released a beta version of vAuth with an OpenID Identity Provider (IdP) module. This means that any OpenID-enabled Web site can immediately begin to use voice-biometric strong authentication for its users. The simplicity of OpenID tied to the security of a strong, biometric-based authentication. That’s going to be a very successful marriage, I think.

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