Special Request: Client Certificates vs. OpenID

Johannes Ernst jernst+openid.net at netmesh.us
Mon Jan 22 20:18:43 UTC 2007

So I've been doing some asking around who might be interested in co- 
authoring some kind of white paper on the subject of user-centric  
identity in/for the enterprise. There are some volunteers with a  
variety of view points -- no guarantees that we'll manage to produce  
something collaboratively (cross-vendor white papers tend to be hard)  
-- and we'll see where that goes.

That only goes partially to your point, but it is a step.

On Jan 22, 2007, at 9:08, McGovern, James F ((HTSC, IT)) wrote:

> Last week I sent a note to the list inquiring whether anyone on  
> this list wanted to participate in our industry vertical standards  
> body in hopes of ratifying OpenID as an endorsed horizontal  
> specification. In terms of preparation, it would be greatly  
> appreciated if Dick Hardt, Johannes Ernst and other bloggers could  
> from their blog discuss user-centric identity as a potential  
> solution to industry vertical concerns since nothing neutral  
> (produced by a vendor and not an insurance carrier) exists in this  
> regard.
> Other industry verticals such as Pharmaceutical have embraced PKI  
> approaches where they issue client certificates to participants.  
> Many PKI vendors have in secret created user certificate management  
> issues, the inability to allow for roaming users, sharing of  
> desktops, and other concerns that I am of the belief that user- 
> centric approaches could handle. Of course PKI-centric and user- 
> centric don't have to be mutually exclusive but it would be  
> wonderful if the blog entry reflected how approaches such as SAFE  
> (pharma) would have looked in a user-centric world.
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