Uniform network identity - with Liberty we're not there yet

On 15 July 2002, the Liberty Alliance released version 1.0 of its specification for federated network identity. Neil Macehiter...

On 15 July 2002, the Liberty Alliance released version 1.0 of its specification for federated network identity. Neil Macehiter explains the capabilities of the initial specification and discusses the barriers facing federated security.

The Liberty Alliance was formed on 26 September 2001 from a number of organisations, including security software vendors, financial service organisations, airlines and mobile players. The members of the alliance share a common vision of "a networked world across which individuals and businesses can engage in virtually any transaction without compromising the privacy and security of vital identity information". They believe this can be enabled by the creation of "open technical specifications that support a broad range of network identity-based interactions".

The question is, will Liberty work, particularly given Microsoft has a rival security initiative based on Passport?

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