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Re: future of Identity on the Web

From: Hannes Tschofenig <hannes.tschofenig@gmx.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:33:52 +0300
Cc: Hannes Tschofenig <hannes.tschofenig@gmx.net>, WebID Incubator Group WG <public-xg-webid@w3.org>, public-identity@w3.org, Halpin Harry <hhalpin@w3.org>, Ben Adida <ben@adida.net>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
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To: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Hi Henry, Hi Harry, 

I may be completely misunderstanding the effort that Harry has put together with the W3C Web Identity charter 
http://www.w3.org/2011/08/webidentity-charter.html
but my understanding was that the work in that proposed group is focused on APIs (e.g., JavaScript) to allow the browser to access cryptographic functions and to indicate other security related state information to the browser. 

This work can then be used by existing Web identity management protocols (like OpenID, OAuth, etc.). 

I get the impression that you believe the group will develop the identity management protocols themselves (such as the recently invented BrowserID solution). This is not the case and the charter needs to make this very clear. In fact, mentioning these solutions in the "Identity API" part of the charter writeup may lead to that confusion. 

I hope that this group will help the industry to improve currently deployed Web identity management solutions rather than creating even more solutions.

Ciao
Hannes

On Oct 25, 2011, at 9:35 AM, Henry Story wrote:

> Dear Web Identity Groups, 
> 
> Since both the community forming around the Web Identity javascript cryptography work [1] and the WebID XG are working in the same space, I propose that the two groups work out how these projects can complement each other, so that the W3C can tell a unified identity story. There is a lot in common between them - usage of cryptography in the browser and certificates to prove identity online - and it seems quite clear to me that both the existing WebID solution [2] and the in development version known as BrowserId can complement each other, in fact should as much as possible do so. This could then form the basis for a future WG starting 2012, split hopefully into a number of small independent and closely interrelated parts.
> 
>   Henry
> 
> 
> [1] http://www.w3.org/2011/08/webidentity-charter.html
> [2] http://webid.info/spec/
> 
> Social Web Architect
> http://bblfish.net/
> 
> 
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