On short notice, I drove down to Mountain View to meet with someone attending the Internet Identify Workshop. Kellee is coordinating the 1Society project for Marcia Conner. It’s an interesting concept, where you have a profile on the net and there’s an architecture where you can register with different activities that will take into account your profile and provide customized information and opportunities. Much like Microsoft’s Passport, but open source, trustworthy, and socially conscious.
I remember a number of years ago telling a couple of my net-savvy colleagues at the University of New South Wales that we’d eventually need persistent identities, and they scoffed. (For once) I was right!
Using XRI and XDI, two protocols that support building public interchanges (read more at XDI.org), they’re working under the outstanding umbrella of Planetwork. They’re just getting started, but providing an easy way for people to tap into personalized services and work together to accomplish meaningful goals is something I think is not only very cool, but very desirable. To stay up to date with this project, I recommend signing up for their newsletter.