SAN FRANCISCO -- To drive better, more secure user management of Internet identities, the Novell-led open source Bandit(TM) Project today kicked off the "Control Your Identity" campaign to promote awareness and use of information card technology. Recognizing that millions of people who access Internet services each day are frustrated with entering identity data and managing passwords at multiple Web sites, the Bandit Project has launched an initiative to give users access to "Bandit Cards" digital identity cards for use in Web transactions. To easily manage their Bandit Cards, visitors to the campaign Web site can obtain the Bandit Project's open source Linux* and Macintosh* cross-platform DigitalMe(R) information card selector and Microsoft Windows* CardSpace selector.
"Information card technology can no longer be considered vaporwareit's real and it's here," said Bob Blakley, principal analyst at Burton Group. "Information cards help to reduce the use of passwords and provide user experience advantages over today's environment. They may enable new applications and business models based on innovative uses of identity information."
As part of the "Control Your Identity" campaign launch, Novell will conduct a live demonstration of the Bandit Project's DigitalMe and Windows CardSpace information card selectors using Bandit Cards to perform identity transactions online at the Digital ID World Conference this week in San Francisco. Further promotion will take place at various IT industry events over the next six months, culminating at Novell's annual BrainShare(R) user conference in March 2008. The campaign Web site is built completely on an openSUSE(R) platform and uses open source identity components from the Eclipse Higgins Project and Pamela Project. Incentives on the Web site for users to obtain Bandit Cards, include prizes and contests. For more details, visit the "Control Your Identity" Web site: cards.bandit-project.org.
The campaign is being supported by Microsoft, helping to ensure that all users, regardless of operating system, have access to information card technology. Other identity community partners are expected to join in the near future.
"Microsoft believes information card technology, such as Windows CardSpace, is an integral part of a security-enhanced, interoperable identity metasystem," said Kim Cameron, chief identity architect in the Connected Systems Division at Microsoft Corp."With this campaign, the Bandit Project is removing another barrier to the worldwide adoption of simple, trusted Internet identity management technology. It is not enough to create next-generation identity solutions, its also important that users are given the tools and incentives to utilize the technology."
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