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My "What is OpenID" preso for the authentication panel at WCET 2007

My "What is OpenID" preso for the authentication panel at WCET 2007

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    • 1. What It Is How It Works Why You Should Care Scott Leslie WCET/BCcampus November 7, 2007
    • 2. What is OpenID?
      • “ De-centralised Single Sign-on for the Web which puts individuals in charge” 1
      • “ OpenID eliminates the need for multiple usernames across different websites” 2
      • 1 Powell and Recordon, “OpenID: Decentralised Single Sign-on for the Web,” Last Viewed: Oct 30, 2007.
      • 2 OpenID “What is OpenID” Last Viewed: Oct 30, 2007
    • 3. Say what?
    • 4. Let’s try a demo instead…
    • 5.  
    • 6. Some of OpenID’s benefits
      • Users choose and can control their OpenID provider
      • De-centralized - no single server which every OpenID-enabled service or every user must register
      • Users authentication credentials are only stored one place
      • Usually an easy to remember URL (e.g.
    • 7. Additional Benefits
      • Uses only standard HTTP(S), does not require any special capabilities of the User-Agent or other client software.
    • 8. What it is Not
      • It does not try to provide trust or distributed authorization solutions
      • It will never be a replacement for current on-campus single sign on technologies
        • But maybe it will be a compliment
    • 9.
    • 10. Ok, but why should I care?
    • 11. OpenID Providers
      • 9 million users on
      • AOL - 63 million users got OpenIDs in one fell swoop
      • 1 million+ smart card based OpenIDs issued in Estonia
      • – 34,000 Sun employee issued an OpenID
      • Microsoft intend to integrate OpenID into Cardspace
    • 12. OpenID Consumers
      • Libraries which support it in app development frameworks like Ruby on Rails, Zend PHP, Django Python
      • 100s of services & apps which support OpenIDs, cf. and
    • 13. Right, but like I said, why should I care?
    • 14. Avoid Becoming a Technology Ghetto
    • 15. Respect Existing Online Identities
    • 16. Give User Choice to Merge Campus Life and Online Life
    • 17. Where is it going?
      • OpenID 2 - differences?
        • Addressing ‘phising’ issue
        • Interop with Identity Selectors like Cardspace
        • Attribute Exchange Extension
        • Works with Yadis
      • OpenID and SAML
      • User Centric Identity Interop tests
    • 18. How Higher Ed can work with OpenID?
      • Become an OpenID provider
        • cf. and
        • cf.
      • Ask yourself – are there applications we provide which could use OpenID?
        • How about when they become alumni ?
    • 19. Further Reading
      • Sam Ruby – “OpenID for non-SuperUsers”
      • Powell and Recordon - “OpenID: Decentralised Single Sign-on for the Web”
    • 20. Thanks
      • Feel free to contact me at
        • [email_address]