[OpenID] Where can I get a free i-name?

Gabe Wachob gabe.wachob at amsoft.net
Mon Jan 15 06:43:51 UTC 2007


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	-Gabe

> -----Original Message-----
> From: general-bounces at openid.net [mailto:general-bounces at openid.net] On
> Behalf Of Drummond Reed
> Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2007 10:29 PM
> To: 'Dmitry Shechtman'; 'Martin Atkins'; general at openid.net
> Subject: Re: [OpenID] Where can I get a free i-name?
> 
> >> Martin Atkins wrote:
> >>
> >> There's no reason why the display identifier and the key identifier
> have
> >> to be the same, as long as you've ensured that the substitution is
> valid.
> >
> >Dmitry Shechtman wrote:
> >
> >...further complicating already overly complicated implementation. I have
> >started integrating OpenID into an existing system, and it wasn't too
> >pleasant an experience, even before XRI support was considered.
> 
> I'm the first one to admit that having to deal with both reassignable and
> persistent identifiers is a PITA. But with OpenID, a user's digital
> identifier IS the root of their digital identity, so if it reassigned to
> someone else, the consequences are disastrous. At a meeting I attended
> last
> week it was explained this way: no one would design a database where the
> primary key for record might be reassigned to a different record in the
> future. It would threaten the integrity of the entire system.
> 
> Again, this is one of the main reasons XRI happened starting over five
> years
> ago -- it was anticipating precisely this point at which digital
> identifiers
> became the key to a whole layer of digital identity services. Once that
> happens, having a persistent key (i-number) to which one-or-more
> reassignable keys (i-names or URLs) can point becomes really important.
> 
> >> (Though there are questions about correctly cleaning all this up later
> >> when the i-name gets reassigned and the new owner signs in.)
> >
> >That shouldn't be much of a problem. The i-name is just another property
> of
> >the user, so it can be easily reassigned to another one (replacing the
> old
> >i-name display with i-number?).
> 
> Yes, the i-name is just a property/attribute/claim of the user whose
> persistent key is the i-number. If the user later drops that i-name (i.e.,
> lets it expire or reassigns it to someone else) and starts using another
> i-name, the RP can just update the reassignable synonyms in its user
> table,
> however the i-number is never replaced (because it's persistent).
> 
> See the recommended guidelines for how RPs should handle both URLs and
> XRIs
> as OpenID identifiers (from an earlier thread on this subject) on the
> dev.inames.net wiki at:
> 
> 
> http://dev.inames.net/wiki/index.php/Tech_FAQs#What_are_the_recommended_mo
> di
> fications_OpenID_Relying_Parties_.28RPs.29_should_make_to_their_user_table
> s.
> 3F
> 
> =Drummond
> 
> 
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