Liberty Alliance gets nod from Novell

This week, Novell Inc. plans to throw its weight behind the Liberty Alliance Project, an initiative aimed at creating an open identity standard for authenticating users on the Internet.

Novell joins other industry leaders including Sun Microsystems, General Motors, Nokia, and United Airlines in hammering out the business rules and technology components needed for an alternative to Microsoft's Passport network identity model. Passport has drawn concern from critics who fear the prospect of network identity falling under the control of a single vendor.

Novell intends to lend its experience in identity management and single sign-on, including its eDirectory technology, to the policy, marketing, and technology committees of the Liberty Alliance.

"Novell brings its expertise in identity management from the enterprise and e-business space to the table," said Justin Taylor, chief strategist for directory services at Novell in Provo, Utah.

The company also plans to share lessons learned from an earlier experiment with online identity management called digitalme. The eDirectory-based user authentication service was launched in October 1999, designed to give online users access to single sign-on while maintaining control over personal information.

The Liberty Alliance has gathered significant momentum recently with the support of heavyweights such as AOL Time Warner and American Express, as well as continuing signals from Microsoft that it may join the Liberty effort or link its Passport technology to the Liberty effort.

The Alliance seeks to create an open and federated network identity, enabling businesses and consumers to maintain control of personal information on the Internet, according to Marge Breya, vice president of SunONE at Sun Microsystems, in Palo Alto, Calif., and representative of the Liberty Alliance.

"No single entity should have [control] of identity and preference information. The goal of [the Liberty Alliance] is to allow information to stay as it is today: with entities you have trust with," she said.

Breya added that the initiative is not necessarily positioned as a rival to Passport.

"We'd like to see, hope to see, Microsoft join the alliance, because it is about open federated identity, which is what [Microsoft] says they want," she said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Cathleen Moore

Computerworld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?