Category Archives: History of Tomorrow’s Internet

Kim Cameron and the Philosophy of Privacy: (iCards, pt 5)

I’m currently trapped on the six-hour flight out west to join the rest of the Identity crowd at this year’s Internet Identity Workshop, so I thought I’d use the time to write my final post on the history of iCards. Fittingly, the subject of this post is the father (grandfather?) of iCards, Microsoft’s own Identity [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (iCards, pt 5)

Long time, no blog. The whole identity space has been busy with conference season, and I’ve taken the last two weeks to get to know my baby girl Fay again. I am officially back though. Whether that is good or bad is yet to be determined. What is definitely good though, is the topic of [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (iCards, pt 4)

I just finished up my three part series on Microsoft’s CardSpace implementation of iCards, but one of the most important things to understand is that CardSpace is just ONE implementation of iCards. The specifications are completely open and in fact, have been implemented in an open source project simultaneously. That project is Higgins and I [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (iCards, pt 3)

It’s been over a week since I last posted for a number of reasons, but one of them is because in this post I wanted to explain how it feels for a regular person to use Cardspace. This poses a few challenges as we’ve used Macs exclusively in my work with angel investors at  Angelsoft since we [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (iCards, pt 2)

In my last post I wrote about the 7 laws of identity. In this post, I’ll try to explain how Microsoft is implementing these laws through Cardspace. To begin with, we need to take a look at a diagram I posted back in the beginning of this series: As I explained in that post, three [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (iCards, pt. 1)

In my OpenID report from SXSW I jumped to OpenID briefly, but I want to cover iCards before continuing down that road. iCards are the generic name (technically just for the client-side technology, but I’m using the term generically to refer to Cardspace and Higgins) for a couple of implementations of what has become known [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (iNames, pt.4)

The names of Ootao and Andy Dale come up a lot when you’re looking at the identity landscape, but if you look at either of their sites, it’s pretty hard to understand why. Further Andy Dale’s got a British accent, came to the Bay area from Israel, and pronounces his company’s name “Ew’ Dow”. Pretty [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (iNames, pt. 3)

In my last post, I covered the history of iNames to demonstrate how hard it is to create internet-wide standards and how important it is for them to be absolutely open. In this post, I want to explain the business model behind iNames. I’m doing this for two reasons: 1. Finding business models for identity [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (iNames, pt. 2)

In my last post I wrote about some of the cool things about XRI/XDI. In this post I want to focus on the history of trying to make XRI/XDI an internet standard. I’m doing this because we’re going to have to do something on an internet-wide scale to solve the identity problem, and I want [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (iNames, pt. 1)

The first branch of the identity movement I want to write about is iNames. Your first introduction to iNames will probably come the first time you read a blog about identity or email someone in the identity community. The only way to contact them will often be through their iName, which looks like “=whatevericallmyself”. My [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (Intro, pt. 3)

As the diagram above indicates, I’ve broken down the Identity crowd into three groups: iCards, iNames, and Open ID. Let me just be explicit that I’ve chosen these groupings based partly on the relatedness of the technologies and partly on the relatedness of the people, but I don’t mean that they aren’t interoperable (in fact, [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (Intro, pt. 2)

Before I begin to untangle the web of participants involved in the Identity movement, I thought I should outline at the highest level what an Identity Provider is. Essentially, an Identity Provider is a company, organization, technology, etc that sits between you (the subject) and a website (the relying party). Instead of the website asking [...]

The History of Tomorrow’s Internet: Identity (Intro, pt. 1)

You are at the center of the future internet, so it makes sense to begin by writing about Identity. It also makes sense because many of the participants in the modern identity movement are all connected through a single paper, which actually outlined a much more expansive vision than just Identity. In fact, this paper [...]