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Liberty Alliance appoints president from Intel

Antony Savvas

The Liberty Alliance, the global consortium for secure identity standards on the web, has appointed Intel’s George Goodman as its new president.

Intel joined the Liberty Alliance last March and Goodman is the director of its Visualisation and Trust Lab.

The Liberty Alliance, whose membership consists of major enterprises and technology suppliers, is developing a set of secure identity standards for web users that rival those contained in the Passport system promoted by Microsoft.

EBay, an early backer of Passport, is dropping support for Microsoft’s solution at the end of January, and the Liberty Alliance aims to take advantage of Passport’s faltering support.

Goodman said, "Intel joined the Liberty Alliance to help the organisation’s solid federated identity management solutions reach more capable, robust client platforms, which the Alliance definitely achieved in 2004."

"Liberty is the only organisation driving a truly open specification process. Our task going forward is to look at how Liberty can support, promote and work with other existing standards projects to strengthen the emerging identity infrastructure. We look forward to 2005 being the year of convergence," he added.

The 2005 Liberty Alliance board includes American Express, AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, General Motors, HP, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Novell, Oracle, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, VeriSign and Vodafone Group.


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