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Robin Wilton
Research Director
26 years IT industry

Robin Wilton is a research director with a particular interest in digital identity and privacy (and their relationship to public policy), access control and single sign-on, and the productive use of public key infrastructures. Read Full Bio

6th European Ministerial e-Government Conference, Poznan

by Robin Wilton  |  November 14, 2011

I’ll be attending the European e-Government conference in Poznan later this week (I know, I know… Poland in November… why didn’t I get the Gartner IAM Summit in San Diego, or the Symposium on the Australian Gold Coast? No matter: for you,  I will make the sacrifice ;^). The theme is “Borderless e-Government Services for […]

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Federated Identity – part two…

by Robin Wilton  |  November 8, 2011

Well, yesterday I mentioned two strands of the federation concept – so here’s the post about the second one. This strand has to do with attributes (and yes, I acknowledge that “identity” is an attribute… but let’s set that to one side for the time being). In the ‘traditional’ world of assured identities, attributes are […]

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Where are we with federated identity?

by Robin Wilton  |  November 7, 2011

A couple of conversations recently have got me thinking about where we are with federation, particularly in relation to standards, and I wanted to put some thoughts out there for you to mull over/comment on/dispute. You’ll have to be a bit patient, I’m afraid: I do have questions, but the questions only have real purpose […]

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Is geo-location another naked Emperor?

by Robin Wilton  |  October 27, 2011

Take a moment to think about the way you use the internet… Which characteristic of it is more important to you, as a consumer: the ability to access resources anywhere, from anywhere, or the ability to find out what services are physically in your immediate vicinity? I’d be willing to bet that it’s the former. […]

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BBC “Code-Breakers” tribute to Bletchley’s unsung heroes

by Robin Wilton  |  October 26, 2011

This is a little off the usual topics, but I hope you will enjoy it anyway… and my apologies if you can’t see the content in question because of copyright or time constraints. The BBC’s Timewatch series broadcast a documentary yesterday (available here, for another 10 days or so from today) about Bletchley Park’s WW2 […]

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Is LinkedIn’s “social advertising” the new Google Buzz?

by Robin Wilton  |  August 11, 2011

Even among people I know in the privacy community, there are those who maintain a LinkedIn account even though they would not touch most of the other online networking services with a barge-pole. Somehow LinkedIn, with its business-oriented approach to building and publishing your professional biography, has been seen as less promiscuous with its members’ […]

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Uh oh. Am I breaking the law?

by Robin Wilton  |  June 1, 2011

As you may be aware, a 2009 revision to the EU’s e-Privacy Directive was transposed into UK law as the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2011,  as of May 26th. All EU member states are required to transpose EU Directives into their own national law… though experience shows that member states vary both in their […]

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Did UK citizens dodge an ID Card bullet?

by Robin Wilton  |  March 31, 2011

Amidst all the Google/FTC reaction, my Twitter board lit up today with  some fascinating traffic from online privacy advocates in Pakistan about their National Database and Registration Authority. It seems NADRA launched a service in 2009 which, thanks to an agreement with three mobile network operators in the country, makes it possible for any citizen […]

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US Federal Trade Commission takes action over Google Buzz

by Robin Wilton  |  March 31, 2011

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced (March 30th) the details of a settlement order with Google over alleged privacy violations arising from the launch of the Buzz service. I wasn’t actually a Gartner analyst when Buzz was launched, but by a strange co-incidence I was attending a European conference on Trust in the […]

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PKI’s dirty laundry exposed

by Robin Wilton  |  March 24, 2011

You have probably seen those TV advertisements in which the alleged problem of “household odours” can apparently be dealt with by means of a simple spray, or a plug-in dispenser of dubious perfume – rather than anything time-consuming and inconvenient like laundering or better personal hygiene… Nevertheless, there’s obviously a market for those products, even […]

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