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OpenID (openid.net), a community-driven standard for decentralized online identity, has become widely deployed throughout 2007 and 2008. This panel pulls together OpenID experts to take a critical look at OpenID’s many deployments. How did OpenID succeed and where does it still need to evolve? How has OpenID penetrated the “end user market” and what are the user experience advances over the past two years? What are the security concerns around OpenID and how do they compare to related technologies? All in all, this should be an interactive panel to answer your questions about OpenID.
A Journalist, book author, web developer, and entrepreneur, Levitt is a seasoned generalist. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Chris Messina arrived in San Francisco in 2004 as a volunteer for the Mozilla Foundation, leading the Spread Firefox community marketing project in raising over $220,000 in microdonations to launch Firefox to a worldwide audience with an ad in the New York Times.
He went on to co-found the Flock web browser and helped to organize the first-ever BarCamp in Palo Alto in 2005. Later, he co-founded Citizen Agency with Tara Hunt, opening a shared work environment called Citizen Space, giving rise to the coworking movement.
Chris now works on DiSo, an effort that he co-founded with Steve Ivy, to facilitate the development of building blocks for the open, social web. He is also a board member of the OpenID Foundation and works part-time for Vidoop, a Portland-based provider of secure internet identity technologies.
He has spoken at numerous conferences around the world and has been quoted in national publications such as The New York Times, Business Week, LA Times, MIT Technology Review and Wired. Chris is well-known in the Web 2.0, open source, and startup worlds for his community advocacy and work on open standards initiatives like microformats, OpenID, OAuth and Activity Streams.
Scott brings 15 years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies like Amazon.com, Rulespace, JanRain and now Urban Airship. Urban Airship works with thousands of brands using their leading mobile messaging and monetization platform. Scott was the co-founder of the Open Source Lab helping open source projects like Mozilla, Linux, Apache, Drupal grow into mainstream usage. Scott was an active supporter of open web standards having co-founded the OpenID and Open Web Foundations. He currently lives in Portland, OR.
Allen Tom is the architect for Yahoo’s Membership team, and is responsible for Yahoo’s Authentication services, including OpenID, OAuth, BBAuth, and SAML.