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  • Open Id

    1. 1. The good, the bad and the ugly Robin Hastings Info Tech Manager Missouri River Regional Library Social Software Showcase – ALA 2008
    2. 2. What Is OpenID? <ul><li>Shared identity service </li></ul><ul><li>Log into many websites (not related) with single digital identity </li></ul><ul><li>Use OpenID “identity provider” instead of multiple user/pass combinations </li></ul><ul><li>ID providers include AOL, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Verisign and more </li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openid
    3. 3. What Is OpenID? <ul><li>Personal Use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simplify sign-ins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free & moveable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business Use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Outsource” password & account management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier logins, more visitors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Geek Use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open, decentralized & free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses existing tech </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/44532984@N00/755378645/ http://openid.net/what
    4. 4. The Good <ul><li>Single Sign-On </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of providers – lots of choices </li></ul><ul><li>Easy signup </li></ul><ul><li>Works at lots of sites </li></ul><ul><li>Open standard – not owned by any one entity </li></ul><ul><li>Providers can be feature-rich! </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/47873724@N00/22109450/
    5. 5. The Bad <ul><li>Security Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy/Tracking Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Not a “trusted system” </li></ul><ul><li>Usability Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption problems </li></ul><ul><li>Single Point of Failure Issues </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/7453215@N08/2192953256/
    6. 6. The Ugly <ul><li>Usability Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explanations (where they exist) aren’t simple/non-technical yet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without using the registration extension, requires profile duplication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Privacy Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hacking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reuse/Recycling of user names could cause privacy breaches </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/28801512@N00/2491827977/
    7. 7. Identification 2.0 <ul><li>Multiple social sites means LOTS of user/pass combinations </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/35034360660@N01/32953845/
    8. 8. My Implementation <ul><li>webgoddess.myopenid.com – or openid.rhastings.net/webgoddess </li></ul><ul><li>Uses registration extension – sends info I choose to social sites to start my profile info </li></ul><ul><li>Used at wetpaint.com, firstpagr.com and a few other sites </li></ul>
    9. 9. Your Implementation <ul><li>Get an OpenID (or use one you already have…) - http://openid.net/get/ </li></ul><ul><li>Log into an OpenID enabled site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>https://www.myopenid.com/directory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://openiddirectory.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul><ul><li>Profit! </li></ul>
    10. 10.               This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial 2.5 License . Credits: Photo on title slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98652633@N00/68034527/ OpenID Logo on title slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68415646@N00/1305693334/

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