Liberty Alliance appoints president from Intel

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

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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New Liberty Alliance president: Open specs work George Goodman, the director of Intel's Visualization and Trust Lab, was recently elected the new president of the Liberty Alliance Project's management board. The Liberty Alliance Project is an organization working to create open standards and business guidelines for federated identity management and Web services. The alliance has recently added some big names to its list of members -- IBM, Intel and Oracle signed up last year -- and has progressed significantly on many fronts since its founding in 2001. In this interview, Goodman looks at some of the alliance's milestones, including work done on the Identity Federation Framework (ID-FF), which has been broadly used in real world implementations. He looks at Liberty's "conformance approach," which allows adopting organizations to determine a product's compliance with the Liberty specs, and also discusses the integration of the ID-FF into the much broader SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) 2.0 release, coming out in early 2005.

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