Mozilla quietly announced in a blog post March 7 that it is no longer putting full-time developers to work on the Persona Web-authentication system. In my opinion, that’s a real shame and a tragic failure for Mozilla and its efforts to help build a more open and secure Internet.
I first wrote about Persona when it was known as BrowserID (which I still think is a better name). Mozilla started talking about BrowserID in 2011 as a technology that could enable users to securely log into Web services with just a verified email address. That verified email address would be securely authenticated and stored within the browser.