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OpenId, WebID, BrowserId & WebFinger

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 11:31:21 +0200
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To: WebID XG <public-xg-webid@w3.org>
Here on G+ someone asked about the relationship between these 3 standards [1]. My answer was the following:

WebFinger does not do Authentication, it ties an e-mail address to a profile. As a result it allows OpenId to use e-mail addresses as identifiers. If you want a detailed information on http://webid.info/ compared to BrowserId then you can check out http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/5406/what-are-the-main-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-webid-compared-to-browserid/5424 . They can all tie together quite easily in fact. It's just that WebID uses tools that work in the browser now ( if they support TLS) OpenId uses protocols that all browsers must support (even if they don't have TLS) and BrowserId is trying to make crypto independent of TLS - which means it will be a while before it works independently of their browser.

In any case perhaps that helps make something clear, and could be added to the FAQ.

Anything to add?


[1] perhaps it is world readable (not sure)

Social Web Architect
Received on Saturday, 24 September 2011 09:32:02 UTC

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