Author: Ben Werdmuller

  • What is idno?

    I wrote a post over at about idno, the open source publishing tool I’ve been building: You may know that I co-founded Elgg, the open source social networking engine, which is used by the likes of Oxfam, NASA, the World Bank and several national governments as a social intranet and learning platform. The original […]

  • Decentralized comments and the IndieWeb

    I just stumbled on this old thread by Marc Canter and Stephen Downes (emphasis mine): I think that so long as we leave content on other people’s sites (or in their in-boxes) we will have the dual problems of spam and host lock-in. The primary use of OpenID should not simply be identification, but also, […]

  • Owning your data is cool – but having your own awesome site is cooler

    This post was originally published over on, my idno-powered site, where I’m hosting all of my new posts and social media updates. There’s been a lot of news stories lately about how technology companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo! may or may not be giving your data to the NSA. They deny it, […]

  • and idno

    I’m posting over at, a site I’ve set up based on my idno software. I wrote a short technical introduction to the platform: idno is a personal attempt at building a publishing platform that adheres to IndieWeb principles: own your own data, publish on your own site, use existing social websites for dissemination but […]