Information Card Foundation
An array of prominent names in the high-technology community today announced the formation of a non-profit foundation, The Information Card Foundation, to advance a simpler, more secure and more open digital identity on the Internet, increasing user control over their personal information while enabling mutually beneficial digital relationships between people and businesses.
His post ends with a slightly odd looking (to me at least), though admittedly positive, reference to OpenID:
One thing for sure: the Identity Big Bang is closer than ever. Given the deep synergy between OpenID and Information Cards, we have great opportunities all across the identity spectrum.
Why do I think it's odd? I'm not sure... a natural tendency to scepticism I guess, especially given the events around the "standardisation" of the Open Office XML format (see the comments on Brian Kelly's post on the subject for some of the discussion around this). As Joe Wilcox on Microsoft Watch notes:
I notice that while ICF claims Equifax, Google and PayPal as founding members, their executives aren't listed as board members. Now why is that? Perhaps no coincidence, most ICF board members come from companies supporting Microsoft technologies, such as CardSpace. I make the distinction for clarity purposes only. ICF's press announcements indicate broad industry support and lofty interoperability goals, but not without Microsoft's heavy hand in the process—or so I perceive.
Well, I guess its no big surprise that most interest in Information Cards comes from those already in the CardSpace camp. What will be more interesting is to see how this space develops over the coming months.