[OpenID board] Perception of the Foundation (Was: Fwd: [OpenID] Google's proprietary discovery extension?)

Allen Tom atom at yahoo-inc.com
Wed Jul 29 22:47:45 UTC 2009

Hi all,

Yahoo is very heavily invested in OpenID and we have a bunch of 
engineers and designers currently working on enhancements to our OpenID 
service.  Earlier this year, we worked with the community to write the 
OpenID UI and OAuth/Hybrid Extensions, and the Yahoo OP will be 
implementing both of these extensions in the very near future.

In addition to protocol enhancements, we have a crack team of UI/Product 
designers and researchers who are actively experimenting with ways to 
improve the overall usability of our OpenID service. We'll be deploying 
many significant upgrades to the Yahoo OpenID Provider's user interface 
later this year. The new OpenID UI, along with support for the UI and 
Hybrid Extensions, and our soon to be released support for Open Social's 
REST based APIs (including Portable Contacts) will be a huge upgrade to 
our existing Open Stack offering.

We've also been working behind the scenes to line up several new and 
exciting Relying Parties to accept OpenID. Every potential Relying Party 
that I've been working with wants to accept not just Yahoo OpenID, but 
also OpenIDs from other Providers, which is making a really strong case 
for interoperability and open standards.

Yahoo along with other OPs and Relying Parties are committing plenty of 
resources for OpenID  and are actively working towards the goal of 
having OpenID reach widespread usage and adoption.  Many of these 
efforts are behind the scenes, and aren't really visible on the public 
mailing lists, so perhaps the OpenID Foundation can take the lead in 
publicizing the activities that its membership is actively working on.


Nat wrote:
> Hi
> Inline below:
> =nat at Tokyo via iPhone
> On 2009/07/30, at 2:22, David Recordon <david at sixapart.com> wrote:
>> Forwarding these three posts from the General list.  Not because I 
>> agree with all of the sentiments expressed, but because it shows how 
>> we as a board and organization are clearly not being transparent 
>> enough in the activities that are actually being taken on.
>> Two ideas I think that we should seriously consider are:
>> 1) making use of a project management tool like Basecamp 
>> (http://www.basecamphq.com/) so that at least the entire board and 
>> Don know the status of each project that is underway
> I strongly agree to this.
>> 2) having Don write a monthly blog post about OpenID's achievements 
>> the past month and what the Foundation has accomplished
> +1
>> Thoughts?
>> --David
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>> From: Santosh Rajan <santrajan at gmail.com>
>>> Date: July 28, 2009 11:11:03 PM PDT
>>> To: general at openid.net
>>> Subject: Re: [OpenID] Google's proprietary discovery extension?
>>> Hehe! Shade for once I am going to agree with you.
>>> Why do we have a chairman? Isnt he supposed to be leading the flock and
>>> showing the way?
>>> And what about the rest of the board. This is the "coldest" board I 
>>> have
>>> ever seen.
>>> I think Eran Hammer should have been the chairman of the board! I 
>>> wonder why
>>> he disappeared from here 2 yrs back. (I have seen some posts from 
>>> him from
>>> 2007).
>>> SitG Admin wrote:
>>>>> There is no sign of the "STD mechanism" coming soon.
>>>> Perhaps it will arrive after Chris Messina's "Policy Expression
>>>> Extension" passes ;)
>>>>> Apathy on the part of the OpenID Foundation.
>>>> Inaction, or so it may appear; timely, though?
>>>>> Half the Identity folk have moved on to Kantara Initiative.
>>>>> The Other half to the Open Web foundation.
>>>>> XRI TC has tied itself in knots.
>>>>> And the hilarious part is that there are folk involved in all 
>>>>> these three
>>>>> foundations!
>>>> Sounds like good separation of duties to me. If the rest of us can
>>>> still interop (and work is still being done that *needs* to be done
>>>> before we can move forward), it doesn't really matter where most of
>>>> the various communities is doing that work.
>>>>> No idea were the rest of us should bail out to!?
>>>> If the development of OpenID were to halt now, I think it would be
>>>> Federated implementations that found themselves hardest hit; small,
>>>> independent operators such as myself (working with libraries already
>>>> distributed "in the wild") might not even notice.
>>>> -Shade
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