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Government of Japan Accepting OpenID To Help Foster Citizen Engagement

By Michael Olson | Posted on March 22, 2010

Last week, exciting news emerged that the Japanese government has started accepting OpenID for user registration and login on a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website. The site, called IdeaBox, allows citizens to provide input on government policy, foster discussion with others, and vote upon their favorite policy suggestions for the Ministry.

IdeaBox incorporated OpenID to make it easy for site visitors to quickly register via their existing identities from Yahoo! Japan, Google, Mixi (popular social network in Japan), and LiveDoor (a large Japanese web portal).

Ideabox 1

This development further demonstrates that it has become very compelling for government organizations to adopt OpenID as a means of facilitating greater citizen engagement, and follows the US Federal Government’s announcement last September of plans to accept OpenID on selected agency websites.

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Michael Olson

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Michael Olson joined Janrain more than five and a half years ago and has experienced the explosive growth of the digital marketing technology landscape. Previously, he managed demand generation programs at Janrain. Currently, as the Senior Product Marketing Manager, Michael drives go-to-market strategy for product launches as well as positioning and messaging to communicate the value of customer profile management solutions to companies. Michael's writing has been featured in publications such as GigaOM, Adotas and iMedia Connection.

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