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Building a Rich Workload Identity Stack with SPIFFE and OPA

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Charlie Egan
Developer Advocate & OPA Maintainer
Charlie Egan
Charlie has been working with in the Cloud Native space since 2018. He currently works as a Developer Advocate at Styra and on the OPA project. Charlie is interested in authentication and authorization across the stack.
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