The Web beyond "usernames & passwords" (OSDC12)
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Identity systems on the Web are a bit of a mess. Surely in 2012, we would have something else than usernames and passwords for logging into websites. A solution that doesn't require trusting a central ...
It turns out that solving the general identity problem is very hard. Some of these solutions require complicated redirections, an overwhelming amount of jargon and lots of verbose XML. The technology has been around for a long time, but implementing it properly (and safely) is often incredibly difficult. It's a lot to ask of the millions of part-time developers out there that are building sites out of some quick HTML, a MySQL database and some PHP Code samples.
This talk will explore the challenges of the existing Web identity solutions and introduce the choices that we made during the development of Persona, a new Open Source federated identity solution from Mozilla, designed and built to respect user privacy.
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