Since most of the consortiums formed to promote interoperability among proprietary online identity management schemes have had results that can best be described as ironic, the Kantara Initiative - the latest attempt to bridge automated architectures and bring a sense of harmony to authentication - has its work cut out for it.

"In America we have a bias at the top levels of management; there's a notion that standardization is non-competitive," says Tom Wills, senior analyst in charge of security and fraud practice for Javelin Strategy and Research, who says the tech-heavy focus of most federated ID efforts hasn't helped. "These initiatives have had trouble getting the attention of the top management, even in member organizations - which initially give their cursory blessing, then the initiative often falls to seven or eight on the priority list."

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