Liberty Alliance’s Dream Come True

Remember the early days of Identity Management, Liberty Alliance vs Microsoft’s Passport. Lot’s of effort has gone into formulating a flexible and secure ID exchange protocol.  Although, what do you hear about that today. Liberty Alliance has been retired and was picked up by Kantara Initiative. There are still major efforts being deployed for internal ID Management typically utilized for single sign on and collaboration activities across domains. But what was the overriding goal. It was that we would have a way to use our Identity Account to gain access to many trusted web sites without having to validate it each time. It would be validated by a trusted third party.

Wow, who could have guessed that Facebook Connect and Twitter would become that trusted authority. Apple’s announcement of their integration of Twitter into iOS 5 today and the availability of API’s for developers seals the deal. Facebook and Twitter are the global clearinghouse for our identities. Be careful.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on June 7, 2011, in Authentication, Facebook, Identity Management and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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