Liberty Alliance adds to ranks

The Liberty Alliance Project this week added five new members, kicking up momentum behind the organisation as it prepares to release its first technology specification this summer.

The Sun Microsystems-backed open identity project brought on new sponsor members Cingular Wireless LLC, i2 Technologies Inc., Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., SAP AG, and Wave Systems Corp. The chairman of the alliance is Eric Dean, CIO of United Airlines.

Sun and other high-profile technology and industry players last October formed the Liberty Alliance, which is working to develop an open and federated identity standard for authenticating users on the Internet.

Other Liberty Alliance members include AOL Time Warner, American Express, Bell Canada, Citigroup, France Telecom, Novell, NTT DoCoMo, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, MasterCard, Nokia, Openwave Systems RSA Security, Sony, United Airlines, and Vodafone.

The Liberty project is competing against Microsoft's Passport network identity model, which has been criticized by Sun and others who fear the prospect of network identity falling under the control of a single vendor. Project Liberty, according to the organization's officials, is attempting to gather support across a variety of industries, government organizations, and non-profits.

Phase one of the Liberty specification will offer a federated network identity and authentication-sharing model that will interoperate with existing identification systems and network access devices, Liberty officials said. In addition, Sun has said it plans to ship a related product around the same time frame.

In addition to adding members, the organization also announced two new membership levels. Affiliate-level membership is aimed to support the participation of non-profit groups and government organizations. The Associate membership level targets companies interested in participating in the Alliance but not wishing to participate at the full sponsor level. Affiliate level is free of charge while Associate membership fees are US$1,000 per year, according to Liberty Alliance officials.

Sponsor companies are able to attend and vote in any of the technology, public policy, and marketing expert groups within the Liberty Alliance. They also have the ability to access and comment on draft specifications and proposals prior to public release, officials 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

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?