keeping things simple (hopefully)
December 7, 2007
Filed under: Identity, OAuth — Jason @ 5:12 am

OAuth, an open authentication protocol for APIs, has released it’s 1.0 spec yesterday at the Internet Identity Workshop. OAuth allows web application developers to put a level of authentication in front of their APIs that in turn puts the users’ back into the users’ hand.

I was out in Mountain View, CA at the IIW this past week and I had a chance to meet some of the authors of this protocol. It was really great to see some of the people behind this great step forward in securing users’ data on the web. More work is to follow by enhancing the protocol through extensions.

The OAuth community already has libraries in PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, C#, and Perl. For more information about the OAuth protocol visit

Check out Chris Messina and Eran Hammer-Lehav giving a brief description of OAuth in this video.