[Leaving even more users behind] FIDO Alliance and W3C Achieve Major
Standards Milestone in Global Effort Towards Simpler, Stronger
Authentication on the Web


        The FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have
        achieved a major standards milestone in the global effort to
        bring simpler yet stronger web authentication to users around
        the world. The W3C has advanced Web Authentication (WebAuthn),
        a collaborative effort based on Web API specifications
        submitted by FIDO to the W3C, to the Candidate Recommendation
        (CR) stage. The CR is the product of the Web Authentication
        Working Group, which is comprised of representatives from over
        30 member organizations. CR is a precursor to final approval
        of a web standard, and the W3C has invited online services and
        web app developers to implement WebAuthn.

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Unfortunately, I suspect that the users most likely to be successfully
scammed by phishing attempts and authentication frauds will be the
LEAST likely to trust, use, or in many cases, even have the
appropriate hardware to use such a system. The risk here is that
already marginalized and targeted users will be further disadvantaged
by this technology.

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