Watching my beloved “The Polar Express” for the gazillionth time, I got to revisit my own childhood doubts about whether there really is a Santa Claus:

  • Dave Kearns: Santa’s Identity Issues
    “It never occurred to me – we didn’t even know the term then – was that it might be a massive case of identity theft, or identity fraud as I like to call it. Still, it didn’t appear that anyone was being defrauded by all of these “Santa’s helpers” who were scattered throughout the city – in fact, throughout every city, at least in North America.”

Several other presents were under the Internet tree for good little identians:


  • Stephen Wilson: Don't mix business and pleasure
    “Here's the practical difficulty that shows why we must reframe what we're talking about. If Facebook were to be an Identity Issuer, let's double check what it is that enterprises really need to know about their staff, customers, partners and so on? There is no standardised answer to that; every business gets to know its people in their own peculiar ways. Does Facebook with its x-ray vision into our personal lives have anything to offer enterprises? If we work out what assertions might be vouched for by Facebook, how would they be underwritten exactly?”
  • Ian Glazer: Identity Protocols Fight For Your Love
    “The slide deck from the Gartner IAM Summit 2012 session on new school identity protocols. Representatives of OAuth (Dick Hardt), OpenID Connect (Nat Sakimura), SAML (Paul Madsen), SCIM (Kelly Grizzle), and XACML (David Brossard) fought for the audiences love!”
  • Kantara Trust Registry – A Preview!
    “Kantara Initiative is pleased to officially launch a technology preview of our Identity Assurance Approved Credential Service Provider (CSP) Kantara Trust Registry (KTR). Kantara operates the service and invites all communities to learn more about its application, share feedback, collaborate, and redistribute this registry (enabling inter-federation). “
  • Dean Woodbeck: Internet2 Role With the Shibboleth Consortium
    “Consortium members have taken additional steps recently to strengthen the governance, funding, and project plan for the Shibboleth efforts and are releasing an updated charter this month. The consortium board has representatives from Internet2, JISC, SWITCH, and the development community that will chart the course for the project in the coming year. I am now serving as Internet2’s board representative and believe this global partnership in the middleware space is critical to future seamless adoption of cloud services within education.”
  • Gunnar Peterson: The Road to the Security Cliff is Paved with Optionality
    “If an 81-year-old can dance Gangnam style, you can change and grow your identity and security architecture too.”
  • HID Global’s top 10 access control trends for 2013
    “TREND #1: Users are seeking a more “frictionless” security experience, with solutions that are built on open standards to ensure interoperability, adaptability and credential portability to mobile devices.”
  • Ed Bott: FTC takes aim at data brokers
    “Shadowy data brokers have turned online and offline data collection into a huge unregulated business. Now the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is demanding details about how these companies work.”
  • Gunnar Peterson: The Identity Cliff
    “Kicking the can down the road on identity cannot go on forever. Not choosing to deal with improving identity and access architecture is a choice”
  • John Fontana: Privacy's devil truly in the details
    “A Texas school puts RFID-enabled ID cards around students' necks, adding a religious twist to an on-going identity and privacy debate.”
  • Haydn Shaughnessy: Facebook and Instagram, The Sounds of Desperation
    “Instagram’s PR disaster yesterday is a sign a growing consumer backlash against the use of their data or web content for advertising (Instagram backed down today). That’s what makes me ask how long can they last as a business?”
  • Michael Versace: Next: BYOiD
    “Humm - BYOiD is an idea Sally Hudson and I described the edges over the past few years and that we've now promoted to our cross industry predictions for 2013.  BYOiD is a trend connected with IT consumerization and data center transformation, driven by the growth of third platform technologies of mobile, social, big data and analytics, and cloud.  I think BYOiD comes in many forms and is certainly a juicy, provocative topic with many pros and cons to think about.  BYOiD is enabled by the drive for IT convenience, the opportunity to build identity from business and consumer behavior.  The concept of BYOiD is also borne from the risks and costs associated with thinking only about identity from a 1st and 2nd platform vantage point only, with the advent of 3rd platform technologies taking center stage in major IT consuming industries like financial services.”
  • John Fontana: Flexibility key for marrying hybrid clouds, ID management
    “Enterprise architectures that stretch over public and private clouds will bring identity management challenges that will require companies to embrace flexibility in order to allow incorporation of mobile devices, social log-ins, and industry standards.”
  • Ben Kepes: What Will Identity Look Like in the Future?
    “At the Defrag conference recently, I took part in a few sessions that looked at the broader role of identity in a world were more and more people use cloud-based tools. One of the sessions was led by Pat Patterson, Principal Developer Evangelist at Salesforce. In his session, Patterson drew a picture of the history of applications, and the corresponding rise of identity. The history wen something like this:”
  • Ray Kurzweil joins Google to work on machine learning, language processing
    “Famed tech innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil announced Friday that he will be joining Google beginning Monday, Dec. 17, to work on issues including machine learning and language processing. His ideas in technology have historically received backing from the Google co-founders.”



  • Eran Hammer: hapi, a Prologue
    “When Sled ended and I moved on to Walmart, I started by extracting the parts of Postmile I liked as the foundation of our new services platform and called it hapi (for HTTP API server). It was still built on top of Express, and wasn’t much more than a bloated Express middleware – but it was easy to use and much faster to hack services on. It was a good start.”

Cloud Computing


  • Scott Morrison: Do You Agree to the Terms & Conditions? Mobile Devices & the Tipping Point of Informed Consent
    “Mobile devices may provide the forcing function that brings change into this otherwise moribund corner of the software industry. Mobility is hot right now and it is demanding that we rethink a wide span of business processes and technologies. These new demands are going to extend to the traditional EULA and the result could be good for everyone.”
  • Martin Kuppinger: Mobile Device Management: It will grow – but should it?
    “Some weeks ago I stumbled upon an article, which said that the MDM (Mobile Device Management) market will grow massively within the next five years. I don’t doubt that the market will grow. However, I’d raise the question whether it should grow that much – or, in other words, whether MDM is really the solution of choice. I don’t doubt that there is some need for MDM technologies. However, this might be more about understanding MDM as an element of other technologies or a tactical piece of a bigger puzzle.”

Valuable Identity

  • 5 programs break down the elements of an identity ecosystem
    “NSTIC has awarded $9 million in grants to five pilot programs run by government agencies, industry and academia on different aspects of the ecosystem, including…Here’s a breakdown of each pilot project funded by the grant:”
  • Verizon joins Criterion attribution test to bolster one set of credentials
    “Verizon and Criterion Systems will conduct a pilot program to test the validation system for sensitive transactions such as online banking and accessing medical records. The two companies were recently awarded a federal grant to move forward with testing.”
  • PayPal Predicts End of NFC is Near
    “PayPal president, David Marcus, predicted in a blog post Monday that NFC for payments will “fail to gain mass adoption” and the debate over NFC’s suitability for payments “will slowly die in 2013.””


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