This has been a great IIW (Internet Identity Workshop) out here in Mountain View – thanks again to Phil Windley and Kaliya Hamlin and Doc Searls, the organizers.
The feeling in the air has been more electric than in the past. There’s a definite energy in this space. We’ve had some great discussions about potential partnerships and features we think people will really love. The developer community is excited about the new specs announced and the next few months look very rich with opportunity for collaboration.
People representing the Open Social Web (claimID, Plaxo, Citizen Agency) and those big guys who run The Infrastructure (Google, MS, Yahoo, AOL, Verisign) were all sitting and talking about how we’re going to make it work for the user. It’s very refreshing and a testament to how far we’ve come in the last few years.
The two specs announced here at IIW2007b were the OpenID 2.0 spec and the OAuth Core 1.0 spec. These two specs are important because adoption of OpenID is climbing quickly (a tipping point very soon) and OAuth is a consolidation of 6-7 existing authorization protocols. Both are poised to generate lots of interest.
There was much discussion around how these two would play well with each other. It rather dominated the discussion for a couple days or so. Find a picture of the schedule wall.
The general consensus is that users will now have the tools to better take their own data and define their permissions as they move around the internet. With an underbelly of discussion around Facebook’s new offer of a global opt-out for Beacon, this conference represents the future of how this stuff is all going to work *for us* instead of *for advertisers*.
Good stuff all around. One of the best conferences I’ve ever been to and the reason I keep deciding to come back – real work happens with the people who understand what Open means.