With voting closing on Christmas Eve, there is just over a week left to vote for the OpenID board. Personally, I have been meaning to join the OpenID foundation for some time. Having the opportunity to vote for the incoming board pushed me to finally do it.
Although I really like OpenID, I am critical of it. Why? Because trust is not baked-in.
This makes it hard for a Relying Party (RP) to determine if an OpenID comes from a trustworthy Identity Provider (IP). I believe this is the fundamental roadblock to the big services becoming RPs. My eyes roll to the back of my head whenever I hear users criticize services for not accepting arbitrary OpenIDs. (More here: OpenID and the Relying Party Patchwork).
This roadblock is a problem for the OpenID technologists to solve.
The confused users is another problem altogether. While I am a bit skeptical of the motives behind demanding OpenID adoption without solving this trust problem first, OpenID does have a real problem with an inaccurate market perception.
So, I decided to vote. There are 17 nominees and each member gets 7 votes. I have not decided who I will vote for, but my votes will go to those who see these as top priorities of the foundation. I am mainly basing my votes on the candidate statements (https://openid.net/foundation/members/elections/1 for members). If you aren’t a member, you can see the complete list of nominees at ReadWriteWeb.
Tentatively, here are my yes votes . . .
- Nat Sakimura: He lists Trust relationship and reputation as barriers to adoption.
- David Recordon: Unfortunately, aside from his obvious credentials he doesn’t say what he thinks are important for the foundation. He has probably written this elsewhere — I’ll have move past his statement.
- Same for Joseph Smarr and Scott Kveton
- Johannes Ernst: He talks about “mainstream sites” and relying parties, not just users.
- Chris Messina: I respect his work and certainly like what he says about usability — he doesn’t mention relying parties though.
What am I missing (besides a 7th vote)? Am I wrong about the priorities? Should my votes go elsewhere?