Wednesday, 4 November 2009

UK - identity management - open trust framework?; cloud information card selector

It's interesting that Drummond Reed of the Information Card Foundation says that he when he was in Europe recently he "briefed representatives of the UK government’s DirectGov portal on the U.S. open trust framework initiative".

I wonder if this is a sign of the UK government moving towards an open trust framework for identity management of citizens using government websites?

The US government's Open Identity Initiative -

"seeks to leverage existing industry credentials for Federal use. The Initiative approves credentials for government use through our Trust Framework Providers who assess industry Identity Providers (IDPs)"

- and their Trust Framework Providers are currently described as follows:

I also notice from the Information Card Foundation blog that UK company Avoco Secure are releasing -

"the first commercially available Information Card selector software that operates completely “in the cloud”. Called CloudCard, it is a standard Information Card selector implementation that requires no installation and works from any conventional browser on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device…

it eliminates the need for local client software, which is one of the barriers to widespread adoption of the Information Card digital identity standard. CloudCard uses the standard IMI 1.0 Information Card format and protocol so it works immediately with any Information Card issuer. Websites that wish to accept Information Cards from CloudCard currently need to add some simple custom HTML code to their web page, but according to Ms. Morrow this step is easy compared to the hurdle of requiring users to install a desktop selector, and Avoco plans to standardize this special code so it can be used with any cloud selector."

A potentially important development indeed, and it'll be interesting to see what the uptake is like - pricing will of course be a factor. More info from the Avoco press release, which says

"I-Cloud Card Selector is the world's first fully cloud-based Information Card selector, offering the ability to access your Information Card identities no matter which operating system, browser, computer of mobile device you are using."

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