Plaxo’s Joseph Smarr will be at the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) this Mon-Wed at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. If you’re attending the workshop, come by and say hi!
At Plaxo, we’re always looking for new and better ways to help our users access and sync their contact and calendar data across the sites, apps, and services that they use on a daily basis. The status quo is that every new service we want to sync with requires our users to enter a new login/password and requires Plaxo to implement a new authentication and data access scheme. Clearly this does not scale well. We look forward to the day when users can authenticate once, perhaps using something like OpenID 2.0, and then immediately connect Plaxo to a host of services–many of which we’ve never even heard of before–and the authorization and data access will be automatic, transparent, and secure, because of the open standards and protocols being used.
The technologies being discussed at the IIW (including OpenID, Sxip, Liberty, and more) are the most promising developments towards this vision, and we’re excited to share our ideas and real-world challenges in support of this important work.