Archive for April, 2006

Episode #24
April 26, 2006

In this episode of The Story Of Digital Identity (logo) I interview Christopher Zannetos, President and CEO of Courion.

Mr. Zannetos was a co-founder and is currently CEO of Courion and is responsible for setting Courion's strategic direction. Under his leadership since 1996, the company has built a customer base of over 250 customers, including 60 of the Fortune 500, and has been recognized as a leader in the Enterprise Provisioning market with a number of awards including the Upside Hot 100, Computerworld's Emerging Companies to Watch, SC Magazine Global Award for Best Identity Management Solution, eWEEK Excellence Award for Best Authentication and User Management Product, and the Harold Short Award given annually to the single most innovative technology in the IT Service industry. Zannetos is co-chair of the TechNet CEO Cybersecurity Task Force and sits on the Digital ID World (DIDW) Industry Advisory Board.

In this interview Mr. Zannetos I ask Mr. Zannetos to give the audience a quick introdocution to Courion. We also discuss the strategic drivers of Courion's business and why he believes facilitating both compliance and security are the keys to Courion's continuing success. Last we briefly discuss the concept of "federated provisioning".

Show Notes:

Internet Identity Workshop

Your questions for Dick Hardt and Johannes Ernst please!


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Episode #23
April 19, 2006

In this episode of The Story Of Digital Identity (logo) I interview Bill Washburn and Tom Maddox of Opinity.

Founded in 2002, Opinity is the first online personal reputation services company. Based in San Jose, California, the company's management team has 40 years of combined experience in high technology. Wongyu Ted Cho, chief executive officer, and Doyon Kim, chief product officer, founded successful Internet start-ups Dialpad Communications and Serome Technology, growing large-scale web services from inception to acquisition.

The following is taken from Opinity's "Market" information (see):

Anonymity is both the best and the worst aspects of the Internet. It liberates users from the superficial limitations of age, ethnicity, and gender; however, it also conceals the identities of unscrupulous users. Opinity's online reputation services protect individuals and businesses from the negative effects of anonymity without sacrificing the benefits of privacy.

Opinity is the first online reputation services company. It is the only organization to offer a consolidated view of quantitative and qualitative data from multiple online and offline sources. Opinity offers insight into individuals' past history on the web rather than business ratings such as those offered by BizRate, and Opinity's services are open to anyone who interacts or transacts business on any website rather than being a closed ratings system such as that offered by eBay.

Instead of inviting government to intervene in Internet commerce due to lax security, Opinity is leading the private sector to non-intrusive self-regulation. By partnering with Opinity, peer-to-peer companies give their customers access to a well-rounded view of the reputations of others with whom they may choose to interact and transact business. Having the data to make informed decisions makes interactions and transactions safer and more reliable. This, in turn, builds credibility and trust among customers and assures repeat and referred business.

Opinity gives individuals access to the information they need to make smart decisions regarding their peers on the Internet. Using Opinity, they can interact, buy, and sell with confidence. It also gives them the ability to evaluate and manage their own reputations, including control over the level of disclosure of personal information.

Show Notes:

Opinity's Blog 

John Postel

Elliot Maxwell

GIS

Edufacts

Trufina

Authentify

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Episode #22
April 12, 2006

In this episode of The Story Of Digital Identity (logo) I interview Dr. Bruce Hoppe.

Dr. Hoppe, is the founder of Connective Associates, a nationally acclaimed expert on network optimization with combined expertise in technology and organizational development. A leading authority on applying social network analysis to accelerate business results, Bruce has helped many Fortune 500 companies to optimize their operational networks with his groundbreaking decision-support tools. Bruce has also led numerous community renewal programs. He was a professor of operations research at Rice University and received his PhD in computer science from Cornell University. Bruce writes a widely acclaimed blog, Connectedness, full of practical and thought-provoking insights on business applications of social network analysis.

In this interview Dr. Hoppe and I speak about various aspects of social network analysis (SNA). In addition we talk about the connections between the field of SNA and digital identity.

Show Notes:

Bibliography for Social Network Analysis

Bridging & Bonding

– Structural Holes: Ronald S. Burt

– Dr. Hoppe's class at Boston University

Cp Square

"What Machines Can't do" by Robert Joseph Thomas
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Episode #21
April 4, 2006

In this episode of The Story Of Digital Identity (logo) I interview Philip Evans.

Mr. Evans is a Senior Vice President with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Boston. He consults to corporations in America and Europe in the consumer goods, media, high technology, and financial services industries. He founded BCG's media and multimedia practices. He has also advised the US government on defense policy and the challenges of homeland security.

He was educated at Cambridge University, where he graduated with Double First Class Honours in economics. He was a Harkness Fellow in the Economics Department at Harvard and the obtained an M.B.A. with honors from the Harvard Business School.

He is author of four Harvard Business Review articles. Blown to Bits, his book on deconstruction and the new economics of information (co-authored with Thomas S. Wurster), has been translated into twelve languages. He is a member of the British-North American Committee.

Show Notes:

Blown to Bits

Collaboration Rules

Internet Identity Workshop


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