David Recordon has a good state of OAuth post on O’Reilly Radar which he developed with Chris Messina, Dick Hardt and Eran Hammer-Lahav, leading lights in Identity 2.0 all. He clarifies some of the recent concerns over the authentication system as well as tours recent developments and the roadmap ahead.
In particular, the development of OAuth WRAP sounds like the solid sort of grok-and-simplify step that is critical to the maturation not just of a technology but of a specification. Streamlining is key to further pressing adoption and in this case driving up the median security of cooperating web applications.
David and company clearly understand this, given how it clearly informs the incremental progress through WRAP on into the spin up of version 2.0. Here’s to more and better OAuth in 2010.