On ID Tokens

Tim Bray, NPR | All Things Considered, Apr 05, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Long-time readers of OLDaily know I've had an ongoing interest in authentication, and more particularly, authentication that is lightweight and automatic. We're finally moving toward such a system, which will eventually replace passwords. Here's an overview of the new system from Tim Bray. "ID Tokens are little chunks of text which claim that some particular person wants to tell some particular party out there that they’re signed in and authenticated by the Identity Provider that issued the token."It's presented as simply as possible, but it's still pretty technical, so don't expect to follow it clearly on first reading (at least, I didn't, your mileage may vary).

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