Passwords and freedom: can we lose the former and retain the latter?

A session at LSM / RMLL 2013

Monday 8th July, 2013

11:00am to 11:20am (WET)

Passwords are a big problem online and a lot of websites have turned to centralized services to handle logins for them. It’s a disturbing trend from a privacy/surveillance point of view, but from a software freedom point of view, it’s also turning these proprietary services into core dependencies.

That’s why Mozilla is building Persona, a new federated and cross-browser system which makes identity a standard part of the browser. It’s simple, privacy-sensitive and entirely libre software.

This talk will explore the challenges of the existing Web identity solutions and introduce the choices that were made during the development of Persona.

Identity is a very significant piece of Internet infrastructure and so it’s critical that the solution that gets widely adopted be free-as-in-freedom, decentralized and ruthlessly focused on making it easy for developers and end-users.

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François Marier

Passionate about decentralization and software freedom. Security & privacy engineer at Mozilla.

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Time 11:00am11:20am WET

Date Mon 8th July 2013

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