The team behind SeamlessAccess discuss why identity federation promotes security and privacy despite coordinated attacks on access systems
Some were surprised GetFTR wasn’t immediately welcomed by the library community. @lisalibrarian analyzes why.
Today, a group of leading publishers is announcing a major new service to plug leakage, improve discovery and access, fight piracy, compete with ResearchGate, and position their platform for the OA ecosystem. This new service shows that publishers are finally beginning to address digital strategy in an environment that has steadily eroded their ability to monetize the value they create. Does it go far enough to reset the competitive environment?
How can an authentication system be granular and protect privacy? @TAC_NISO describes RA21 and attribute release for single sign on systems and how it supports privacy.
RA21 aims to promote a modern, standards-based access management system that preserves patron privacy & control. It is important to dispel some myths about RA21 so we can move on from the outdated world of IP-authentication.
Publishers are understandably concerned about piracy, but the STM/NISO initiative RA21 “to align and simplify pathways to subscribed content across participating scientific platforms” has scoped its problem the wrong way. Simply put: It’s not about security. It’s about identity. Every individual should be in control of their own identity. Can RA21 realize its potential to serve the broader interests of scientists and academia, not just the understandable objectives of publishers and vendors?
RA21 aims to replace IP address authentication (and proxy servers) with federated identity authentication – but have we thought through the implications?