authentication advancements coming?

2008-11-20 @ 13:40#

saw two posts today that encouraged me greatly. both posts put forward ways to build a reliable, HTTP-compliant distributed authentication pattern that works for both humans and non-humans alike.

foaf+ssl: a first implementation contains a functioning example of how to combine FOAF and SSL into a working distributed authentication pattern. kinda complicated right now, but interesting.

reports on emerging efforts to riase OAuth to a working group within IETF in order to raise it to a general use pattern. this has some interesting possibilities, too.

both cases offer ways to make third-party authentication safe, reliable, and - hopefully - common. and that's a good thing.