Federated Authentication: Understanding and Challenges

The publishing world is moving towards federated authentication as a method for authentication into licensed material, but this technology isn’t widely adopted by libraries and is rarely controlled directly by them. A number of projects are working within the FedAuth community to solve problems in this arena, and a Core working group is also trying to understand and outline the possible opportunities and challenges in moving to Federated Authentication. This session will start with an explainer of FedAuth in general, and then move into a conversation with the audience about current issues like WAYF UX issues, browser security challenges, and patron privacy risks.

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Oct 08 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm




  • Jason Griffey
    Jason Griffey
    Director of Strategic Initiatives, NISO

    Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed, and leads ongoing projects such as NISO’s participation in the Coalition for Seamless Access. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

    Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently _AI & Machine Learning in Libraries_ and _Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design_. He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. More than you care to know about him can be found at his website: http://jasongriffey.net