Identity web management consortium the Liberty Alliance has launched the eGovernment Group to promote federated identity management in the public sector.
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Federated identity management on the web aims to allow surfers to be able to visit different protected websites without having to sign in every time. Once a user has signed into one trusted website, they should be able to access partner sites without further log-ins.
The Liberty Alliance is promoting federated identity management standards different to Microsoft, for instance.
Liberty's eGovernment Group is chaired by Colin Wallis of the New Zealand government's State Services Commission, and includes representation from government organisations from Denmark, Finland, France, Korea, the US and the UK.
It is also supported by suppliers working in the government sector, including ActivIdentity, Boeing, Gemalto, NEC, Neustar, NTT and Sun Microsystems.
Sun Microsystems is also working with Microsoft to help develop its identity management technology.
Wallis said, “The eGovernment group is bringing governments, educational organisations and enterprises together to facilitate the deployment of non-proprietary, trusted and user-controlled identity solutions in the public sector.”
Microsoft’s attempts bring in federated identity management are seen as proprietary by rival groups.
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