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Your Digital Identity

Posted by daniel on June 16, 2003 at 6:37 AM PDT

When you hang out with geeks, it's easy to forget that discussions of some important issues have not yet entered the mainstream. Digital rights and your online identity are big issues in technology circles, entertainment companies and in State and Federal legislatures. At times it seems as if we've beaten these topics to death, and yet it is still early days.

There is a balancing act between providing easy access and providing protection. On the one hand it would be nice to provide single signon and ease of access to federated sites so that the user can login once and then seamlessly navigate a family of related sites. On the other hand, an individual should be able to control who has access to information about their personal information and activities. Robert Stephenson's weblog "Java and Education: persistent digital identity" surveys a wide range of recent discussions on this issue in Java Today

Other featured Weblogs include Software AG's Michael Champion's post "Web services, application integration, SOA ... exchanging documents rather than calling APIs", Glenn Vanderburg's JavaOne wrap up that he calls "Heading Out", and Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart's contribution to the discussion on serving an international audience in "Java.net for non-English speakers - a Call for Action."

In Also Today we feature an ONJava article by Andrei Cioroianu called "JSP ProgressBars". In this code filled feature, Cioroianu has sparked some reader reaction to his recommendations of the use of threads. Read the article and join in the discussion. Craig Castelaz also muses on the possible disappearance of green field development in "When GOTOs roamed the land."

Steve Mallett, the Java Today news editor has gathered the following Java Today News Headlines: "James Gosling likes the idea of open-source Java", "Java gets tough", "Gary Revlin at WIRED waxes on Sun's State of Affairs regarding Linux and Microsoft", "IBM Won't Bow to SCO Unix Licensing Deadline" and "Novell backs off copyright claims against SCO".

Daniel H Steinberg, Editor-in-Chief Java.net