Category Archives: Authentication

The Customer Grift

I think we are all quite accepting now of the fact that ‘the customer is always right’ has been replaced with ‘the computer is always right’. All around the world, companies are struggling to offer even basic customer services (I buy stuff, you send stuff) as confused ‘support’ staff battle to make computers do what … Read more

Something is Dead, Long Live Something or Other…

I came across this interesting article about OpenID via @foolington from the JISC Logins for Life project. OpenID has naturally hit that point in its life where people are talking about it being dead and failing to achieve its goals – we see this dip with all products and we saw the same criticism of SAML, which I believe is now firmly embedded as a mainstream standard supporting a variety of technologies (including OpenID). Read more

The Open Agenda – where’s the source?

Just back from the very hectic FAM10 conference and the RAPTOR project board meeting in Cardiff. RAPTOR is looking great by the way – have I mentioned that before? 🙂 It’s now time for me to start putting some serious head time in to the future of Shibboleth and where the Shibboleth Consortium takes the … Read more

Middleware Coordination, Coperation and Copenhagen

I will be spending today at the tf-emc2 meeting in Copenhagen. For those of you not familiar with tf-emc2, safe to say it is the home of the uber-techies involved in middleware stuff in Europe (and indeed beyond, with Ken Klingenstein in the room). I’m in a mellow mood after being charmed with great food … Read more

Where’s the Gain?

This morning at #tnc2010 we kick off with a meeting on eduGain. In the past, I have always assumed that the UK would not be able to participate in eduGain due to its rather onerous entry level – mandatory attributes simply don’t fly in the UK. I still have some concerns, and think the lighterweight … Read more

Too Cool for School

This post was inspired by a conversation by @chriskeene and @ostephens, which i was invited to earwig on when Chris made the shocking announcement that messing about with authentication and authorisation was dull but necessary, to quote: “discovery is more fun (catalogues, link resolvers) than delivery (authentication).” Now I’m not going to start trying to … Read more