Recently I've been on a mission to raise awareness of KDE and Konqueror in the wider Internet community as well as prepare to make the KDE 4 web browser a top-tier secure application. As part of those ongoing efforts, I have been attending and participating in various workshops and conferences. Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the W3C Workshop on Transparency and Usability of Web Authentication in New York City. Read on for the report.
It was an excellent chance to interact with usability and security experts from all over the world and discuss the challenges we face as well as candidate solutions to some of those problems. The final day concluded with presentations from KDE (me), Opera and Mozilla about how we see the challenges to the web from a software developer point of view, and how we view the potential candidates. We left the meeting with a mandate to focus on specific areas that appear to be solvable and possibly form working groups in various organizations (IETF, W3C, etc) to attempt to solve those problems. In addition to the slides, I also submitted a paper, as did others.
In addition, today (April 5, 2006) I will be participating in a panel at PKI'06 at NIST where we will discuss and debate what we can do about easing the requirements to make decisions about security on the web.
If you're a software developer and serious about contributing to Konqueror and KDE 4, now is your chance to join us and make a real difference!