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.

December 4, 2007
Filed under: Identity, OAuth — Jason @ 5:17 pm

Yesterday was the first day of the Internet Identity Workshop in Mountain View, CA., held at the Museum of Computer History. The sessions held yesterday were just overviews of the technologies and issues we face today in the identity world. I was able to finally put some faces next to the names of some of the people who I’ve been seeing and reading online.

Some of yesterday’s presenters were Dick Hardt, CEO of SXIP, who gave his famous presentation on Identity and Doc Searle, who spoke on VRM (Vendor Relationship Management).

While we are here we are trying to get short video interviews on with some of the big names in Identity, find out who they are and what problems they are working to solve.  So far we were able to get Terrell Russell from ClaimID, Joseph Smarr from Plaxo, and David Recordon from Six Apart.

Today I’m gonna sit in on the OAuth Extensions group as the core protocol is being released as final I think today.

December 2, 2007
Filed under: Identity, OAuth, OpenID — Jason @ 8:06 pm

We’re heading out to the Internet Identity Workshop in Mountain View, CA. It’s definitely gonna be an interesting trip as all the OAuth and OpenID folk are gonna be there. Can’t wait to meet some of the people going. I’ll be sure to take some photos.