[OpenID board] Update from OpenID Switzerland Local Chapter

Robert Ott ott at jnet.ch
Fri Apr 2 12:49:42 UTC 2010

Hello from OpenID Switzerland  (OpenID Local Chapter),

I just want to share some information on what happened in the first quarter 2010 on the topic OpenID here in Switzerland.

Geneva OpenID & OWASP Application Security Forum 2010

We see that the term OpenID gets more and more a topic in Switzerland. We had a public OpenID and OWASP event called "Geneva Application Security Forum 2010" in Geneva, Switzerland on March 4th which was a huge success. See also at: 
- http://www.openid.ch/en/2010/03/praesentationsfolien-des-geneva-2010-openid-event/
- http://www.citadelle-electronique.net/2010/03/geneva-application-security-forum-un.html

We aimed to bring about 50-80 people together and we ended up (after increasing the conference room two times) with more than 250 registered people and more than 200 attending. We realized that there is a demand for people in the topics strong authentication in conjunction with OpenID / OWASP.

A big THANK-YOU to Sylvain Maret (Swiss French Area Delegate for OpenID Switzerland) and Antonio Fontes (OWASP Geneva Local Chapter) and many others for all the preparation work before, at, and after the event. We also thank Yubico which sponsored 200 YubiKey's (http://www.yubico.com) to deliver strong authentication OpenID capabilities with YubiKey's for ALL attending users.

SuisseID goes OpenID

It is also a pleasure to inform you that the project ‘SuisseID goes OpenID” of Clavid got accepted for funding by the SuisseID project jury in order to provide easy-to-use OpenID capability for SuisseID. SuisseID is the national e-ID of Switzerland launched on May 1st 2010.
Every owner of a SuisseID is therefore capable to use OpenID with SuisseID. That gives direct access OpenID enabled sites using the strong authentication possibility of SuisseID. As a result, the SuisseID can be used for thousands of web sites already enabled for OpenID.

Just one month before the actual SuisseID launch, Clavid’s OpenID service is already fully SuisseID enabled and therefore the first public online service supporting SuisseID.

For additional information go to the Clavid web site at clavid.com/suisseid

Videos on how to use SuisseID with OpenID are available at Vimeo

What Swiss People Wish from OpenID

We asked some people what they would expect from OpenID. Many of them stated that they wish that more BIG internet services would accept OpenID as relaying parties. Names such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, XING, etc. got especially named that they should allow users to use their OpenID to access such services. Many people do also not recognize that Facebook is already a BIG OpenID relying party because there is no 'Login with OpenID' button on the Facebook's login screen. If the OIDF could talk to responsible people at those companies and convince them about allowing OpenID based login to their services, I think many people would appreciate it.

That's about it from Switzerland for the 1 quarter 2010

Robert Ott, OpenID Switzerland

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