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The web beyond usernames and passwords

Project: Persona

Persona is a new cross-browser login and identity system for the web that is pragmatic, federated, and serves the user.

Unlike other popular solutions, it puts a strong emphasis on privacy protection and makes your browser the trusted intermediary. Developed by Mozilla, it is based on the simple idea of users demonstrating ownership of their email address (with a generous serving of crypto magic under the hood).

This talk will give a high-level overview of the system and then show how simple it is to add support for it in a Python webapp. If you want to make it easy for users to log into your site but don't want the risks and hassle of storing passwords, or if you cannot quite get your head around complicated authentication systems, then this talk is for you!

Slides: https://speakerdeck.com/u/fmarier/p/the-web-beyond-usernames-and-passwords
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6Iu7KgiC0A

Francois Marier

Francois is a software engineer on the Mozilla Identity team where he fights for the open web by building alternatives to centralized proprietary silos.

A long time Debian developer, Francois has been involved in Open Source for over 10 years and regularly contributes to several projects. He also volunteers for the FSF and leads the development of Libravatar.org.

His weapons of choice are Python and Javascript. You can follow him on Identica/Twitter (@fmarier) or on his blog: http://feeding.cloud.geek.nz