[OpenID board] Microsoft's work on State-issued Online Identities?

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Thu Dec 16 19:53:11 UTC 2010

Hi Chris,

The work described in the blog post is about using verified citizen identity information in contexts where making it possible to also ensure citizen privacy is a goal.  As I see it, being able to use verified claims from government-issued identities in contexts where they add value for the person is a complimentary capability to using consumer identities in contexts where they add value for the person.  One synergy is that production deployments of both will require trust frameworks.

While the early prototypes (which were shown at IIW) use WS-Federation and WS-Trust, I know that the team wants to also enable the use of OpenID/OAuth protocols.  In fact, they may be an early customer of the specification work we do in our working groups to enable some of the 6 scenarios that the board endorsed as being in scope for OpenID at our December 2nd meeting.

FYI, this is work being done by the Microsoft Verified Claims team, which includes Ariel Gordon, Christian Paquin, and Craig Wittenberg, who many of you may know from IIW.

                                                            Best wishes,
                                                            -- Mike

From: openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net [mailto:openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net] On Behalf Of Chris Messina
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Subject: [OpenID board] Microsoft's work on State-issued Online Identities?

Mike, I was wondering if you had any insight into this effort at Microsoft? It seems to be headed in a different direction than the one we were pursuing with the OIX and reusing consumer-IDP identities in government contexts...? Just trying to get my head around this! Thanks!

"The next step on the horizon is a multi-state, government and commerce combined proof of concept/pilot initiative. Microsoft has commissioned a diverse team of experts, including identity product team members, privacy professionals, and government customer-facing field team personnel to help facilitate a comprehensive online identity pilot project. Those of us on that team understand the importance of open standards and multivendor involvement, and we've been working with other vendors in this initiative. Likewise, we recognize that this type of project is a non-starter unless it simultaneously addresses citizens' needs for privacy and convenience, as well as government costs savings and efficiency."


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