Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 19:42 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

Our identities online are becoming ever more valuable to the companies that we entrust them to. What happens though when a company just ups and closes shop (Pownce, for example) and deletes your stuff? Sure, the individual files you'll have on your computer anyway, you won't have lost anything as far as bits and bytes are concerned--but what about friendships you've built up with people who you only know through the service. Your data should be portable so that you can take it to any service and not lose those relationships that you've built up in one walled-garden when it collapses, or you decide to move on. OpenID tries to solve this brand-centric problem by placing you at the centre of your data and allowing the sites you trust access through a single sign-on. OSnews is contemplating implementing OpenID and would like your feedback, but there are a few questions to consider--please read on for details

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by hashnet on Sun 4th Oct 2009 01:51 UTC
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1. Do you already have an OpenID account?
Yes. As noted, most of us have one.
2. Do you make use of your OpenID account?
So far, rarely.
3. Would you welcome OSnews offering an OpenID login option?
In spite of the noted busy login box and the clumsiness of switching websites, yes.
4. Should OSnews be an OpenID provider?
I assume it'd be as good as any, so why preclude it?
5. Is owning your own identity important to you?
I prefer to use separate identities for use into different realms of my life. Tech/sport/perso/business etc.
"Fly by night" has a nasty ring to it. It's simply a matter of privacy.
Why the question? I can't see how this would impact OSnews' handling of OpenID.
6. What should OSnews let you do with your data?
Modify, delete. Maybe record the login history for the id owner's eyes only, as a service.
Let the owner opt in for use of demographics by OSnews itself, if desired.

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