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Identity 2.0: The Connecting Fabric

This morning it occured to me that identity 2.0 is the solution to this problem of aggregation and integration of Web Apps and Services. It’s like the old Clement Mok story:

Someone: “In the future there will be 5,000 cable TV channels!”

Mok: “In the future, there will be 1 channel. And it will have everything you want to watch on it.”

If a user can self-assert an identity and attach Web apps and services to it, that becomes the connecting fabric. The connection can’t be external to the user. Microsoft, Google or Yahoo can’t own the connection, because the connection literally is the user. Today, the user doesn’t own her own net identity, the system of record does.

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