[OpenID board] Facebook is renewing OpenID Foundation membership

Dick Hardt dick.hardt at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 22:00:09 UTC 2010

Great news that Facebook will renew. I assume that this renewal is effective
when the membership expired?

I would like to point out that building OpenID on top of OAuth 2.0 is a
technical decision and NOT an OIDF board decision.

Luke describes what he / Facebook would like to see happen, so I am not
interpreting his commentary about OpenID Connect as being built on top of
OAuth 2.0 as being a board decision, but want to ensure other board members
are clear on the boundaries of the board.

-- Dick

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM, Luke Shepard <lshepard at facebook.com> wrote:

> As the quarterly Board meeting is this afternoon, David and I wanted to
> provide an update as to where Facebook is thinking both around its
> membership in the Foundation and goals for OpenID. We've decided to renew
> our sustaining membership.
> While the recent votes show that there are a number of organizational
> issues still to work out, I still think that the Foundation is the best hope
> to create a unified identity standard across industries. Our hope is that
> the Foundation can also provide value to those technologists wanting to move
> OpenID forward. As part of that, David and I want to provide more resources
> - both time and money - to make OpenID a world-class identity foundation for
> the decades to come.
> For the next six months, our plan is to foster the development of an
> identity layer on top of OAuth 2.0. This is the direction that the industry
> is moving in, and we think that if the OpenID Foundation doesn't play a
> leading role in its development, then it's not clear what the purpose of the
> organization is. Obviously this isn't the technical solution for every piece
> of the larger internet identity problem, but we see the Foundation as a
> place to lead progress across a number of industries.
> Specifically, I think we need the following to happen in order to see
> progress and plan to make substantial contributions toward doing so:
> - Start active work on the OpenID Connect spec by August 16. This gives
> ample time for those who wish to contribute to submit their IPR agreements.
> - By end of year, we need several interoperable implementations in the
> wild.
> - Build out excellent documentation, open source libraries, and other
> supporting materials for the Foundation's core technologies.
> Facebook plans to do the following to help:
> - Host a face to face Board meeting and tech summit at our campus in Q4
> (likely November).
> - Provide funding to the OpenID Connect working group in addition to any
> funding it may receive from the Foundation.
> - Lead and contribute to technical discussions about the details of the
> identity layer (many of these have already begun).
> - Ship an implementation of OpenID on top of OAuth.
> Google has done a great job the past six months continuing to move OpenID
> 2.0 forward and working with the community to understand the missing pieces.
> It's our hope that we can do the same with OpenID Connect and that many of
> the company's represented within the Foundation will help to make it happen.
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