Novell-Led Bandit Project Launches Campaign

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San Francisco — Sept. 25
To drive better, more secure user management of Internet identities, the Novell-led open-source Bandit Project has 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 information card selector and Microsoft Windows CardSpace selector.

“Information card technology can no longer be considered vaporware — it’s real and it’s here,” said Bob Blakley, Burton Group principal analyst. “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.”

The campaign is being supported by Microsoft, helping to ensure 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, Microsoft chief identity architect in the connected systems division. “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 — it’s also important that users are given the tools and incentives to utilize the technology.”

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