Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials

W3C, Jan 17, 2019
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This probably belongs in the E-Learning 3.0 course (under the 'identity' section) but it's part of educational technology in general (we don't talk about it a lot, but authentication and passwords make up some of the biggest usability issues in ed tech). "This specification defines an API enabling the creation and use of strong, attested, scoped, public key-based credentials by web applications, for the purpose of strongly authenticating users." We are at some point going to get this right (even if the web technology silo companies don't like it). Here's the full document, which is now up for review and comments.

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