[OpenID] No benefits of XRI i-names/i-numbers as OpenIDs (was: is openid 2.0 a lightweight identity system?)

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at nic.fr
Tue Feb 13 08:13:46 UTC 2007

On Mon, Feb 12, 2007 at 12:21:19AM -0800,
 Drummond Reed <drummond.reed at cordance.net> wrote 
 a message of 80 lines which said:

> though persistence is probably the most important one. When I
> explain to someone new to OpenID that if they use a URL as their
> OpenID, and they ever lose the registration of that URL, someone can
> take over their OpenID identity COMPLETELY, they have a pretty
> strong reaction. It's a bigger issue than most folks realize

And it is mostly FUD. A *lot* of organizations spread FUD on URL and
try to sell a "permanent" registration service. Probably because they
are jealous of Verisign and would like to earn a market share like
them. XRI is just one of the smallest and less credible contenders in
that area.

They forget that "permanent" is an administrative issue, not a
technical one. It is easy to have permanent URI. Permanent URL are
more difficult but it is the same thing for any other "permanent"
scheme. If xdi.org collapses, what will become of your "permanent"

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