from the just-send-me-your-birth-certificate dept.
Neil Gunton writes "Over the years I have had a few ideas for websites which would allow for free registration and trial, but I always ran up against a brick wall with regard to how to stop people from re-registering as someone else once the trial was up, or registering multiple times for abusive purposes. The question of how to verify online identity has been bugging me for a while now, so eventually I just sat down and wrote a prototype for an Online ID Registry. There's a white paper explaining what it's all about. I am curious to know what the slashdot crowd thinks of all this, whether I am on the right track, and what to do next. Should it be for-profit or non-profit? Is the whole thing pointless and stupid, or a cool idea? I don't really know where to take it next, because I don't really want to be sitting at home verifying people's documentation for free, and I am nervous about the security and legal aspects if I do it for money. I have no clue how to set up a non-profit organization, and my business knowledge is almost non-existent. I am sort of stuck with a working website but nowhere to go with it... that is, if it's even worth going anywhere. Perhaps it was just an interesting exercise... thoughts and ideas welcomed. (Note: The server may get a little slow, since while I have a caching reverse proxy front end, people will inevitably be trying out the registration, which involves key generation and other cpu intensive activities, so I don't really know how well the mod_perl backend will stand up...)"
"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers."
-- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a
particularly vivid fantasy)