Hopen' for Open?

by Imran Ali

OpenTelcoWe've recently seen the tiny and the titanic begin moves to support the sublime OpenID; in the last few weeks, AOL and Microsoft announced their OpenID plans and yesterday, Digg also signalled its intent.

Microsoft and AOL represent hundreds of millions of IDs, available on many platforms...so where are the telcos? Could a combination of OpenID, .name and ENUM finally uncouple your telephony identity from your telco?

I've used imran@ali.name and imran.ali.name as my personal email and web addresses since 2002, now I can use them to sign-in to web services...it's only small step to map my cell number onto those IDs...