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June 25, 2008

Information Card Foundation

Yesterday, Kim Cameron noted the creation of the Information Card Foundation (ICF).  Here's the start of the press release:

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.


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Equifax, Google and PayPal have not "been in the CardSpace camp". I'm surprised you don't see this as an important breakthrough. I think it's huge. By the way, none of the corporate reps are listed as individuals. Call them crazy, but the board invited me in my capacity as an individual.

You surprise me - none of the corporate reps are listed - I was invited to be on the board in an individual capacity. None of the corporate reps are listed - only the individuals. Equifax, Google and Paypal is really important. Don't get Microsoft's heavy hand given the players. Oracle? Google? PayPal? Equifax? You have to be kidding.

Hi Kim,
apologies. No offense intended. Your reference to OpenID, in the context of that post, just struck me as coming slightly out of nowhere. It looked a bit like it had been added on as an after-thought.

Anyway... I think I was mis-reading the list of members, possibly based on reading too much into the Microsoft Watch piece - my fault.

For the record, I do see it as a potentially important breakthrough - I probably should have made that clearer - and have already initiated activity here at Eduserv to become members.

Andy, Kim, and anyone else reading this stream of comments. Where does one go to actually find information about how an "Information Card" does what it does. I have a passing acquaintance with SAML -- mostly through an interest in Shibboleth -- and some knowledge about how OpenID works. The foundation's website is very fluffy and marketing-y; in other words, very unsatisfying. Is there a place to go for a primer and/or discussions of use cases?

Peter, for a very non-technical set of four use cases, check out http://www.parity.com/uploads/wp/monetizing%20cards.pdf

For a bit more of the tech, this Microsoft article is a good overview:

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