I returned from the IIW in Mountain View with newfound excitement for this identity layer we’re all building together.
Six months ago, there was a sense of the coming tide of interoperability with the convergence around CardSpace and OpenID and what the Higgins project was doing/planning. Today, the coming tide is lapping on the beach. There were a great many demos up and running, on multiple platforms, doing things with ease. In fact, most of the demos were quite boring (the standard “single sign-on demo problem”) since there was nothing to “see” as a user. You click, and you’re in!
I suspect the next IIW will be *much* more corporate. There were about 3 sessions run by people who were not “standards guys” trying to get a conversation going about making money with this stuff. This was 3 more than six months ago. It’s changing quickly…
All that said, I think the next big thing is providing a reputation layer on top of the identity layer. Still a year(?) or two out, claimID seems positioned to be a strong early player in that space. Time will tell.
I posted a little more about my week in California over here:
Iâ€™m here at the Internet Identity Workshop and have been having a number of great conversations. The quality of the discussions is high and the number of demos is remarkable. Only seven months ago when I was in Mountain View for the earlier IIW2006, there were a couple demos of near-working implementations and a lot of excitement about what the next few months were going to unleash as these systems started to come online. Itâ€™s also when the idea was first hatched to bake OpenID into claimID. So long ago.
A great many things have happened since then. Higgins is now demoing live open source implementations of a variety of tools, including Bandit, around the newly announced OpenID 2.0 spec. We have full OpenID 1.1 libraries in all the major programming languages. OpenID 2.0 code should be rolling out within a couple weeks from a number of the vendors here. Dick Hardt of Sxip demoed the newly announced Sxipper Firefox plugin. There was a Safari InfoCard Selector demo complete with modal overlays. There were a surprising number of demos (Java, even) fully functioning with versions of Microsoftâ€™s CardSpace (coming baked into every copy of Vista in a few short months). Avery Glasser of VxV Solutions demoed his companyâ€™s voiceprint technology fully integrated and interoperable with OpenID. JanRain demoed their new BotBouncer site designed to serve as a centralized CAPTCHA repository so users can know a particular OpenID has passed a humanness test.