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OpenID Foundation to Sponsor Auth0's Identity, Unlocked Podcast

Highly-rated identity specifications and trends podcast concludes season one; season two to launch in January 2021

December 17, 2020

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Dec. 17, 2020 – The Auth0 Identity Platform, a product unit within Okta, today announced that the OpenID Foundation will be the exclusive sponsor for season two of Auth0's flagship podcast 'Identity, Unlocked,' scheduled to release in January 2021. Auth0 and the OpenID Foundation will bring their shared goals around promoting awareness, understanding, and adoption of open identity standards to the podcast in an effort to make identity more accessible.

Hosted by Vittorio Bertocci, identity expert and principal architect at Auth0, 'Identity, Unlocked' features conversations with identity thought leaders and explores the latest specifications and trends from a developer's perspective, making identity more accessible to everyone. Season one recently concluded and featured interviews with industry standards experts and identity thought leaders, including Brian Campbell, Dick Hardt, Pamela Dingle, and many others.

Season two of 'Identity, Unlocked' will explore OpenID Connect specifications such as Financial-grade API (FAPI), Self-issued OpenID Connect (SIOP), and eKYC and Identity Assurance (IDA) to compliment the show's history of interviewing those directly involved in the creation of identity standards. In addition to the OpenID Connect specifications, 'Identity, Unlocked' will continue to explore various specifications and trends across the identity industry.

"Our hope is that the OpenID Foundation's sponsorship of the Auth0' Identity Unlocked' podcast will encourage further deep and diverse technical contributions to the open identity standards the Foundation has developed," said Don Thibeau, OpenID Foundation Executive Director. "This podcast will continue to educate and introduce a global community of contributors to working groups like the Financial-grade API (FAPI), eKYC-IDA, and others. The deep dive into these technologies on 'Identity Unlocked' is a priority for the OpenID Foundation and a unique resource for open standards development in 2021."

"Thank you to everyone involved in 'Identity, Unlocked' season one—we are grateful for the positive response we received during season one, and we look forward to collaborating on the second season in partnership with OpenID Foundation," said Martin Gontovnikas, SVP of Marketing and Growth at Auth0. "Open identity standards are of critical importance, and it is our goal to make identity more accessible to everyone, in an inclusive way."

To learn more about 'Identity, Unlocked,' visit To subscribe to the latest podcast updates and episodes, visit Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

About Vittorio Bertocci

Vittorio Bertocci is Principal Architect at Auth0 and applies his vast knowledge of the identity industry to Auth0 in all aspects of the company, including internal and external education, product innovation, and customer integration. Prior to Auth0, Bertocci spent 17 years at Microsoft, where he worked on the Azure Active Directory team and focused largely on improving the developer experience. As a published author of four identity books and a highly-trafficked blog:, his forward-thinking commentary has enabled him to speak at conferences, such as Identiverse, BUILD, PDC, TechEd, Cloud Identity Summit, and many other industry events around the world.

About Auth0

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