IIW is a really unique place and we are asking different members of the community to share with us what draws them to the conference and community that gathers twice a year in Mountain View. In the coming weeks we will be posting several different perspectives. Eric Sachs from Google shared this first in our series of perspectives:
The Internet is evolving from a set of web-sites connected by hyperlinks to a set of web-applications connected via APIs. Google’s original search business evolved from those using those hyperlinks to index the Web. The Googlers who attend IIW are there to help build and evangelize tools that enables those web applications to connect via APIs. Google offers many tools for developers to build web applications to help the Internet evolve. These include tools such as Google Web Toolkit, Google App Engine, Google Analytics, etc. The technologies discussed at IIW, such as OAuth and OpenID, are key tools for the latest generation of web applications.
Security is a key aspect of these API connections because in many cases the data being moved is private, as opposed to public. Developers prefer for security protocols to be publicly documented and debated by community experts who will help find any potential security flaws. Many sessions at IIW are focused specifically on these types of security evaluations by experts in areas such as cryptography including members of Google’s security team.
The IIW sessions on user experience are also critical, especially when it involves issues of privacy, consent, and control over private data. While tools like OAuth & OpenID are powerful, they raise many user experience challenges, and so web-applications developers need information about best practices in those areas. Google has made a large investment in publishing our research in that area. For example, at the most recent IIW we announced openidsamplestore.com which is a fully interactive site to showcase the latest best practices for how to be an OpenID relying party.
Google definitely plans to continue to have a large set of attendees at future IIWs. We are increasing the number of projects we are pursuing the area of Internet Identity. We are also constantly on the lookout for people we can hire to help those efforts, so if you are interested, contact me at email@example.com