One of my prinicipal take aways from the Burton Catalyst Conference: Identity 2.0 ("user-centric identity") is shining considerably brighter these days in the identity management firmament. While not a supernova event like Apple's rollout of the iPhone, we can expect to see more exciting developments.
The maturation of Microsoft's CardSpace, the user-centric interop demonstration at Catalyst, and new developments around OpenID all presage a bright future for the user-centric approach advocated by identity gurus Dick Hardt (CEO, Sxip) and Kim Cameron (Microsoft's Identity Architect).
- What is Identity 2.0? You can't do better than start with Dick Hardt's entertaining keynote ("Identity 2.0") at Oscon 2005. Want more Dick? Try, "Who's the Dick on my Site."
- What are Identity 2.0 principles? Wade into Kim Cameron's influential paper "The Laws of Identity". And then "The Identity Metasystem", which introduces an inter-operable architecture based on the laws of identity.