The User Experience of User-Centric Identity

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The User Experience of User-Centric Identity

How can we develop best practices for improving it?

Reviewing the User Experience

It would be very helpful to establish a list of "use cases" and discuss options for use, the technical workings, best practices and the user experience for each. If user-centric identity is to be adopted and used on a global basis, even basic users must be educated and assured on the benefits and limitations of the approach. Day to day use must be intuitive and not require additional effort on the users part.

Potential Use Cases

Initial registration on a new site, Login and Authentication, Requesting information from a user, Approval of information sharing by a user


--Bsnodgrass 07:19, 20 April 2006 (CDT)

Burning Questions

Of particular interest to me is to understand how a user is protected from having their identity being misused. Since it is a persistent identifier can it be attributed back to the person? For instance how is a person to shield their identity from those who might be intent on finding and persecuting them for their activism? On the flip side, how is a user protected from criminal use of the same "shielding"? Couldn't the deviant or criminal element be shielding their bad intent from others?

--Bsnodgrass 08:17, 20 April 2006 (CDT)

Existing Examples

I think it might be useful to capture some existing scenarios using LID, OpenID, and Yadis to see exactly what the gotchas are with those already. My experience so far has been lame (where "lame" is at a point where I'd rather use Microsoft Passport than have to work so hard). I know these are all works-in-progress, but I don't understand how these are kept conceptually simple, smoothly operating, and not getting in the way of the user whose goal is not admiration for the identity system but getting something accomplished.

Orcmid 12:11, 25 April 2006 (MDT)

The Federation in the Sky and Other Challenges

There is more related to this topic and the suggested examples at Conceptual Models: The Federation in the Sky.

Orcmid 17:16, 27 April 2006 (MDT)