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As Google+ continues to grow, reason prevailed over insanity: they relented on their silly pseudonym policy.  Sort of.  Read the official announcement and rationale from Google’s Bradley Horowitz, then read Identity Woman’s reaction: There were several other items of interest to the identity community (click more for the list and links):
  • eduserv: OpenAthens Healthcare Federation
    “The OpenAthens Healthcare Federation (OAHF) provides identity and service providers in the global healthcare sector with a framework to support information exchange.”
  • European Commission: Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules
    “he European Commission has today proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy. Technological progress and globalisation have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. In addition, the 27 EU Member States have implemented the 1995 rules differently, resulting in divergences in enforcement. A single law will do away with the current fragmentation and costly administrative burdens, leading to savings for businesses of around €2.3 billion a year. The initiative will help reinforce consumer confidence in online services, providing a much needed boost to growth, jobs and innovation in Europe.”
  • Feide RnD: Identity Federations Status Report – January 2012
    “GÉANT Identity Federations currently have a lot of ongoing activities. Here is a summary of what we are working on, and the current status.”
  • Report: W3C Social Business Jam
    “The W3C held the W3C Social Business Jam from November 8-10, 2011, the W3C's first purely "online" event, in order to explore possible space for standardization to enable the social web for business use-cases.”
  • SafeNet: Gartner Magic Quadrant for User Authentication Part 1: What it Means
    “This week, Gartner released the 2011 Magic Quadrant for User Authentication. To figure out what all the hubbub is about and why it’s so important, I sat down with Tsion Gonen, SafeNet’s Chief Strategy Officer. In Part 1, he explains what the Magic Quadrant is and why making the Leaders quadrant is so special. In Part 2 (coming later this week), we talk about the authentication market and how SafeNet fits into – or shapes – the landscape.”
  • John Battelle: FACEBOOK COALITION TO GOOGLE: DON’T BE EVIL, FOCUS ON THE USER
    “Last week I spent an afternoon down at Facebook, as I mentioned here. While at Facebook I met with Blake Ross, Direct of Product (and well known in web circles as one of the creators of Firefox). Talk naturally turned to the implications of Google’s controversial integration of Google+ into its search results – a move that must both terrify (OMG, Google is gunning for us!) as well as delight (Holy cow, Google is breaking its core promise to its users!).”
  • Tim Cole: Stopping a Clapper Over WikiLeaks
    “I found it particularly poignant to read the name of the official in charge of U.S. government efforts to create the Totally Secure System: Jim Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, the mention of whom bring irresistibly to mind the old nautical expression about “clapping a stopper” over something, meaning to block something effectively. “Clapper” is actually the word for a safety valve – and as any engineer will tell you, the function of a valve is to let something out before the pressure reaches dangerous levels and pieces of stuff start flying around.”
  • Gunnar Peterson on Understanding Cloud Security Standards, part 3
    “Moving applications to the Cloud puts many enterprises in an accustomed position, the technology and processes that their business depends on aren’t under their sole control, but rather a mix of responsibilities. The move to the Cloud is not a simple “forklift” migration where bits are copied to a Cloud Provider, instead the architecture and assumptions must be reviewed and refreshed to meet the needs and constraints of Cloud systems.”
  • Symantec: 2011 State of the Cloud Survey - Global
    “To better understand how organizations are dealing with these changes, Symantec commissioned the 2011 State of Cloud Survey, which gives a unique perspective on how organizations are adopting cloud computing . One of the largest surveys of its kind, it includes responses from 5,300 organizations across 38 countries”
  • Peter Van Auwera: Pirates in the Sandbox!
    “A couple of months ago, Venessa Miemis pointed me to the website of SandBox, a movement/network of young entrepreneurs < 30 years old. I am almost double that age, and was very pleased and humbled when the organizers accepted me as one of their elderly guest at their first Sandbox Global Summit.”
  • Who Do You Trust More with Your Data: Facebook or a Bank?
    “Facebook, Google (GOOG), and other companies collect and use such data to make billions of dollars on targeted advertising. Now SWIFT (the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), the nonprofit global cooperative that handles wire transfers between financial institutions, is working on a system that would let Web surfers store and manage their own data, much like money in a bank account, and selectively lend it to companies that provide a benefit in return. It will allow people to “take back control of their digital assets,” says Peter Vander Auwera, a member of the nine-person team, dubbed the Innotribe, that’s working on the project.”
  • Nat Sakimura: Scopes and Claims in OpenID Connect
    “In OpenID Connect, there are notions of “scopes” and “claims”. Some people see some overlap there and wonders why they are like that. Here is my attempt to explain the relationship between the two.”
  • OpenID Connect Test Servers
    “Here are some experimental OpenID Connect server configurations:”
  • Pat Patterson, SFDC: Social Single Sign-On – Authentication Providers in Spring ’12
    “Given my background in single sign-on, the Spring ’12 feature I’m most excited about is the ability to use external ‘authentication providers’ to give access to Salesforce portals and orgs. Where the existing SAML-based SSO allows you to authenticate users within the enterprise for single sign-on into Salesforce, you will now be able to leverage third-party services such as Facebook and Janrain to log users in.”
  • Thread Safe: Facebook diverges from OAuth 2.0 Specification
    “It looks like they are modifying there token endpoint for extending access tokens rather than using refresh tokens.”
  • How Google Wants to Make TCP Faster
    “Earlier this week, Google's Yuchung Cheng wrote about some of Google's research and ways that the "make the web faster" team suggests improving TCP. This includes things like increasing the initial congestion window, reducing the initial timeout for TCP, and using a new algorithm for loss recovery.”
  • Scott Hanselman: Skip Intro - CSS3 is the new Flash
    “Now, almost fifteen years of amazing animations, full screen fun, loading screens, auto-play music and skip intro links, Flash (and browser plugins for general use) seem to be on the way out. Proprietary binary formats are being replaced by angle brackets and curly braces.”
  • Adrian Cockcroft: Thoughts on SimpleDB, DynamoDB and Cassandra
    “I've been getting a lot of questions about DynamoDB, and these are my personal thoughts on the product, and how it fits into cloud architectures.”
  • Travis Spencer: Authenticating to a WCF service with a SAML bearer token
    “A question that has been coming up a lot lately is how does one send a SAML bearer token to downstream WCF service?”
  • 2012 NIST/NSTIC IDtrust Workshop
    “The 2012 NIST/NSTIC IDtrust Workshop will be held March 13-14, 2012 at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  The workshop will focus on how technologies and standards can help the framework of the identity ecosystem coalesce. “
  • Registration open for Kantara Initiative Meeting April 13-14, 2012 at Fraunhofer SIT offices, Garching, near Munich, Germany
    “We invite you to join us at our 2-day event where Kantara’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Leadership Council (LC), Discussion Groups (DGs) and Working Groups (WGs) will convene.”

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