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The goals of this project remind me of some of the things I was personally exploring when I was working on OpenID at MySpace in 2009.

http://nameblossom.org/akas/

In general I love the idea of a distributed id/ name provider but is it too little to late?

Is this still the proper approach?
Get your aka at my.aka.nu. Project AKA. The idea behind Project AKA is to build an open, distributed identity and service discovery scheme based on DNS. If you find all this interesting you're invited...
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I think that anything based on DNS is going the wrong way. I understand the appeal given how widely DNS is deployed but it has been show to be unreliable when freedom is considered.
 
wow we are a cynical bunch this morning...
 
The biggest reasons for hosts to adopt a new channel or id is to improve communication.  Facebook beat OpenID because Facebook gave up an email address.  Today the bar is higher.

What incentives would a platform need to provide that would drive adoption?

How could one decentralize trust to the point that you would give up an email address?

Could one describe trust as attention/ engagement with an app?  Are domain certs a good enough mechanism of decentralized trust to start with? what other options are there?

Email services like MailChimp have massive databases on actual domain names?  Would we need a network of whitelists?

The idea of a Facebook API key provided a good barrier to spammers but in the years to come will that be enough?

How does a centralized group validate trust?  For a key?
 
I think the key thing is not to provide a distributed id service. Users don't care. What people want to do is communicate, let them do it in a way that others don't or can't and you can get people to use your system. So either we build a compelling service that need to be distributed or we just add that because we can; but we must remember that people don't see distributed systems as a feature.
 
+Jonathan Moore you are talking about the killer app, approach.  If privacy, security are not killer apps what is?

Facebook has image storage limits, although high, there might be some room there.

Killer Personal Analytics could be amazing for some people like microbrands and celebs, but no one else would care.

Better game platforms ( kabam and zynga are attacking this )

Better Data storage might be an interesting one, google apps and dropbox have shown strong trends here.

App.net is looking into a lot of these approaches.

Another big one would be 4th party delegated identity, or anonymous micro payments.

In the end Facebook just has not abused users enough for them to know what can go wrong, if this carries on for decades.  In the end people trust Facebook to do what is the best compromise.
 
Yes privacy is not the killer app, I don't know what is. My best guess is that the killer app is communication that is currently censored. In that set the most popular is piracy but I think that is just part of a bigger set of suppressed speech.
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