User Centric Identity Panel

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 TIME: 11:00-12:00

Identity Federation and User-Centric Identity ? How will it affect Business and IT Infrastructures?

At first glance, it seems that both identity federation and the hot new buzzword topic "user-centric identity" both share the same primary goal of both federation and user-centric identity is to separate and free identity from any one domain to roam as necessary with convenience, privacy and security. But do they really?

"User-centric" carries a fine libertinarian ring and in fact is often used as a political slogan (like the old "information wants to be free". But can users in corporate networks every really "own" their digital identities? HR professionals shudder at the thought, maintaining that various important business and organizational processes would automatically crash if employees were free to withhold personal information whenever they want.

For some, "user-centric" is seen as simply the customer-facing B2C version of identity federation, while "old-fashioned" federation remains strictly B2B.

As governments around the world tighten their reign on digital identity data as a reaction to international terrorism, federation is being offered as a solution to privacy concerns. Here, "user-centric" actually does have a political context, for instance in Germany, where a debate is raging about whether and how law enforcement agencies should be allowed to download pictures and biometric data used to create electronic passports, identity cards and drivers licenses.

The panel will explore the technical and practical issues facing identity federation and user-centricity. We will discuss the impact of open identity and federation models on business and egovernment as well as strategies for generating acceptance and enthusiasm for the federation concept among business, government organizations and the general public.


Conor Cahill is an Identity Architect working on the Identity Capable Platform (ICP) research project within the Coporate Technology Group of Intel Corporation. The ICP project is exploring how adding the understanding of identity to the platform can secure existing transactions as well as...

Andre Durand is a twelve year veteran of the enterprise software industry, a recognized leader in the identity industry and a pioneer behind the concepts of the digital identity network. In addition to his role as CEO of Ping Identity, Mr. Durand co-founded and co-chairs Digital ID World , the...

A pioneer in the Internet sector and open source software community, Dick has been active in software development for nearly two decades. Prior to his work at Microsoft, Dick founded ActiveState in 1997 and Sxip Identity in 2005. Under his leadership as CEO, ActiveState became a leader in...



European Identity Conference 2007

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  • May 07 - 10, 2007 Munich