[OpenID board] Vivek Kundra's remarks about the US Government identity initiative

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 17:51:06 UTC 2009

It does seem that he's taking a conservative approach, which is probably
prudent for this pilot phase.
Indeed, there are many issues to resolve and work out — and starting with
"disposable" uses of identity are a good, safe, first step to getting the
public to get a sense for what this kind of identity-interaction might
"feel" like.

It also speaks to the fact that we're largely focused on L1 interactions,
where this is little to no assurance about the identity being authenticated.
In such circumstance, the government really doesn't need to know who you are
to reserve a campsite for you — only make it easier for you to manage your
reservation by not forcing you to create a throw-away account and password.

Baby steps to be sure, but essential ones.


On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM, Mike Jones <Michael.Jones at microsoft.com>wrote:

>  US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra spoke about the US government identity
> initiative during the O’Reilly Gov 2.0 conference this morning.  His remarks
> were in the context of things he is doing to make government’s IT
> investments more efficient.
> He gave the example of making campground reservations at recreation.gov,
> which currently requires you to create an account that you’re unlikely to
> use again soon.  He said that since you already have identities from Google
> or Yahoo or Microsoft, wouldn’t it be better to let you use those identities
> at the government site?  He then said that they were working with the OpenID
> Foundation to make that happen.
>                                                                 -- Mike
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