Passwords and freedom: can we lose the former and retain the latter?

Intervenant(s) : François Marier

  • Langue : Anglais
  • Type d'événement : Conférence
  • Date : Maandag 8 juli 2013
  • Horaire : 11h00
  • Durée : 20 minutes
  • Lieu : H 2215

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Thème : Internet & Cloud
Fils rouges : Cloud
Public cible : DécideursProfessionnels


Passwords are a big problem online and a lot of websites have turned to centralized services to handle logins for them. It’s a disturbing trend from a privacy/surveillance point of view, but from a software freedom point of view, it’s also turning these proprietary services into core dependencies.

That’s why Mozilla is building Persona, a new federated and cross-browser system which makes identity a standard part of the browser. It’s simple, privacy-sensitive and entirely libre software.

This talk will explore the challenges of the existing Web identity solutions and introduce the choices that were made during the development of Persona.

Identity is a very significant piece of Internet infrastructure and so it’s critical that the solution that gets widely adopted be free-as-in-freedom, decentralized and ruthlessly focused on making it easy for developers and end-users.


Francois is a software engineer on the Mozilla Identity team where he fights for the open Web by building alternatives to centralised 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 Free Software Foundation and leads the development of Libravatar.