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Open-source guru creates new ID system

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The founder of the Jabber open-source instant messaging software believes that he has a way to simplify the thorny problem of online identity.

Over the weekend, developer Jeremie Miller launched a new project, called MicroID, designed to give users a way to authoritatively prove that they are the authors of blog postings and Web sites.

Miller has been quick to point out that MicroID is a "utility," and not a full-fledged identity system like the Liberty Alliance project. But he believes that the technology will give authors a simple way to identify material posted to the Internet as their own.

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