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January 11, 2008

OpenID continues to gather supporters

Following the addition of Flickr to the growing list of OpenID providers this month, TechCrunch reports that Google, IBM and Verisign may soon join OpenID.

If the story is substantiated (its still only a rumour from a "highly placed source") then this will be another big win for OpenID. While there are still a few challenges, especially in usability and user education, but I think its safe to say that user-centric identity is here to stay, and for low-risk web subscriptions, OpenID is in a pretty unbeatable position right now.

Ultimately, though, we're going to have to see a lot more adoption of CardSpace or something similar if user-centric identity is going to encompass the kinds of higher-risk transactions and trusted assertions that OpenID can't handle.

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