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Project Moonshot is a Janet-led initiative, in partnership with the GÉANT project and others, to develop a single unifying technology for extending the benefits of federated identity to a broad range of non-Web services, including Cloud infrastructures, High Performance Computing & Grid infrastructures and other commonly deployed services including mail, file store, remote access and instant messaging. The goal of the technology is to enable the management of access to a broad range of services and applications, using a single technology and infrastructure. This is expected to significantly improve the delivery of these services by providing users with a common single sign-on, for both internal and external services. Service providers will be able to more easily offer their services to users from other organisations using a single common authentication mechanism. This will enhance the user’s experience, and reduce costs for those organisations supporting users, and delivering services to them. This group is for community of Moonshot users, whether you're new to the technology, you're currently evaluating and getting to grips with it, or you've deployed it. For the list of guidance available about Moonshot within this group, see the Start Here wiki page. Jisc Assent, the production service underpinned by the Moonshot technology, went live on 25th March 2015. For information on, or to join the Jisc Assent service, please visit

Moonshot & Trust Router at Internet2 Fall Members Meeting 2012

6 September 2013 at 5:06pm

Rhys and I have spent this week at the Internet2 Fall Members meeting in Philadelphia where there has been a lot of discussion about Moonshot.

Access and Identity Management is still a hot topic and many sessions featured expert speakers on this area, including representatives from the InCommon and WAYF federations. It was particularly good to see Moonshot being mentioned as a solution to non-web SSO in a number of presentations and discussions including in the CIFER project  and the InCommon Forum sessions.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to present on how we are developing a new Trust Infrastructure that can be used by ABFAB federations including Moonshot. The intention of the talk was to get attendees thinking about trust infrastructures in a new way - not just one trust infrastructure for one application or service, but a general trust infrastructure that can be used for multiple communities and many use cases: Trust Router. Despite being the last session of a very long day the attendees participated in a very useful discussion session and Rhys and I are grateful for their input and questions.

The slides can be downloaded from and the current draft Trust Router Functional specification can be seen at This draft is in the process of being updated so keep an eye on this site for further information. Painless Security is developing Trust Router and we expect a public beta to be available in January 2013 with v1.0 ready in March so that the new Trust Router infrastructure can be used for the Janet Moonshot Service Pilot in April.