To put in some context, 2 of the UK federation members - 9Star and
SixApart - have offered effectively free identity providers for guest
accounts for sometime. They are Protect Network and TypeKey. 9Star /
Protect Network has recently decided to start charging for these
services...but the model they are adopting is not to charge individuals
for accounts but to charge Service Providers that consume these identities.
For most of you, I will assume that you will probably NOT want to pay
for these services and will just be able to ignore this - although it
might be worth checking your logs to see if you have any significant use
cases where individuals are using Protect Network identities.
The UK federation is now considering whether it might offer a 'guest
account' or 'home for the homeless' type service in the face of the
changing business models from services like Protect Network...it would
be interesting to get feedback on whether this would be a valuable offering.
Hope that helps but drop me a line if you have any further questions.
On 15/12/2011 10:19, Jethro R Binks wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Dec 2011, Rod Widdowson wrote:
>> That's the first copy of mail from 9Star that I have seen, but I have
>> certainly seen mention of this elsewhere.
> Some years ago, they spammed addresses that were contained in the
> Federation Metadata. I grumbled and I think Nicole spoke to them.
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