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Information Standards Quarterly


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Fall 2014, v.26, no.3

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Article Title: A JSON-Based Identity Protocol Suite
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Author: Michael B. Jones
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3789/isqv26no3.2014.05
Citation: Michael B. Jones. A JSON-Based Identity Protocol Suite. Information Standards Quarterly, Fall 2014, 26 (3): 19-22.
Abstract: Achieving interoperable digital identity systems requires agreement on data representations and protocols among the participants. While there are several suites of successful interoperable identity data representations and protocols, including Kerberos, X.509, SAML 2.0, WS-*, and OpenID 2.0, they have used data representations that have limited or no support in browsers, mobile devices, and modern Web development environments, such as ASN.1, XML, or custom data representations. A new set of open digital identity standards have emerged that utilize JSON data representations and simple REST-based communication patterns. These protocols and data formats are intentionally designed to be easy to use in browsers, mobile devices, and modern Web development environments, which typically include native JSON support. This paper surveys a number of these open JSON-based digital identity protocols and discusses how they are being used to provide practical interoperable digital identity solutions.
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