User-Centric Identity Mashups and Governance in Web 2.0

James Kobielus writes a blog post "rfi User-Centric Identity and SOA Mashup Governance". It is about governance issues that arise around  identity in Web 2.0 applications.

Spontaneous-but-governed user-centric identity mashups are already here. Look at any MySpace site, with its mashed-up these-are-my-friends aggregated-profiles pages. The governance there is simply the ability of the attribute-owning/asserting parties (your friends) to deny you or anybody else in MySpace from viewing and/or auto-publishing/aggregating that info on your own MySpace pages.

There should be a standards-based mechanism for enabling a identity mashup governance in Web 2.0 environments. Ideally, federated blogging and social-networking communities should provide the means for users to be prevented from mashing up each others' personal profile attributes. One way to do this is for the federated blogsites/communities to implement the IGF specifications that Oracle developed and recently submitted to Liberty Alliance.

I agree. When you look at the scenarios arising out of social-networking or the needs of a multi-protocol environment, governance is a linchpin issue. Social-networking portability, while user-centric, brings up the issue of what happens when one user wants to share information about his or her friends. Who or what protects the privacy of this person's friends?

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