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In recent years, several governments have issued directives for the creation/revision of e-Government services and identity measures for citizens seeking to access their individual information/records on government and related sites – many of these directives mandate support for Liberty Federation specifications

These directives and the permeation of Liberty’s specifications for federation and web services in government has stirred an increasing amount of interest in Liberty acting as a forum to tackle a number of eGovernment challenges. Liberty members interested in government activities identify common work areas and collectively have greater influence on creating standard mechanisms for identity communication and traneh sactions than they would as individual organizations. Liberty’s output reflects collaboration by a number of organizations involved in all areas of government, including local & national agencies, government standards groups, and IT vendors and contractors that drive public/private sector implementations and partnerships.

This strong interest and the widespread use of Liberty's standards has triggered the formation of a special interest group within Liberty Alliance focused on e-government activities. This group serves as a think tank for organizations across the globe as they plan, understand, execute and evaluate their government-centric identity initiatives.

The information here is intended to provide background, connections and education about how leading government entities are handling Identity Management challenges and expose you to the type of work Liberty is helping drive on a global basis.

The eGovernment Special Interest Group (eGov SIG) is a discussion and action forum where government agencies and those in their industry can discuss best practices, share common strategies on identity framework and advise and influence requirements for Liberty’s technical, business and public policy output. The eGovernment SIG Charter - Final provides an overview to the formation of the SIG and the immediate and long-term goals for the resolution of identity challenges.

eGov In The News:

Article: E-Authentication maps out its future

Article: Standards Interoperability is a concern for Governments -- Interview with Colin Wallis (Note: article is in Portuguese)

Additional Resources

Sunderland City Council Presentation: Use Case of Liberty Standards to Meet Local Government Needs

•  sunderland_gov.pdf 17.36 MB

Government organizations across the globe have recognized the cost savings and productivity increases associated with Liberty standards.

eGovernment

Federation in eGovernment - Denmark Case Study

Søren Peter Nielsen,
IT Architecture Office
National IT and Telecom Agency
Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

The Liberty Alliance has formed an eGovernment Group to focus on business, technical and policy issues, with an emphasis on privacy and security issues. The countries represented so far are on the forefront of e-government projects, wrote Graham Titterington, Ovum analyst, in a research note. The announcement has commercial significance going beyond the public sector, he said.

Aug 16
InfoWorld Article (Aug 17, 2006): E-government Group forms within Liberty Alliance
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Charter for eGovernment Special Interest Group -(Final: June 2006)

The UK Leverages Open Federation and Interoperability to Serve Citizens

•  UK-CaseStudy.pdf 537.72 kB

Oslo Norway Importance of Federation to Danish Government by Søren Peter Nielsen

Portal for Citizens by Dag Efjestad

The Catalan Health Service has implemented an ePrescription project, which is up and running in a real production environment based on Liberty standards. This presentation explores the implementation, project goals, and strategies pursued to make this a successful, private, and secure deployment.

Mobile Deployment Workshop 3GSM 2007: Identity Federation in the eGovernment Field, Including ePrescription Project
Presented by Ignacio Alamillio of Agencia Catalana De Certificacio
The Catalan Health Service has implemented an ePrescription project, which is up and running in a real production environment based on Liberty standards. This presentation explores the implementation, project goals, and strategies pursued to make this a successful, private, and secure deployment.

The FIDELITY Project is a cooperative R&D project sponsored by EUREKA/CELTIC and several European governments, begun in April 2005 and concluded in December 2006. This presentation details FIDELITY's efforts to define identity-based use cases that included governments, businesses and non-profit organizations, with a focus on privacy and security. Many valuable lessons learned are shared.

Mobile Deployment Workshop 3GSM 2007: FIDELITY Project: A Multi-Organization, Multi-Region Case Study
Presented by Antoine De Poorter & Mikko Laukkanen of Ericsson & Telia Sonera
The FIDELITY Project is a cooperative R&D project sponsored by EUREKA/CELTIC and several European governments, begun in April 2005 and concluded in December 2006. This presentation details FIDELITY's efforts to define identity-based use cases that included governments, businesses and non-profit organizations, with a focus on privacy and security. Many valuable lessons learned are shared.

The defense and law enforcement community has benefitted from deploying Liberty-based solutions to help achieve interoperability between divisions, secure online collaboration between agencies and groups, and standards-based solutions that allow them to quickly and easily deploy a wide variety of commercial products available that support Liberty solutions, therefore driving down their end costs.

Defense & Law Enforcement

If improving security and easing employee access are important, identity federation is the larger aim for many CIOs. Organizations traditionally have been hampered by the need to control access, noted Roger Sullivan, vice president of business development for Oracle Corp.'s ID management solutions. "I couldn't grow my business synergistically because I couldn't manage identities beyond my own organization's control," he said. "But now I can do that by entering into mutually beneficial relationships around identity just like other business relationships." Sullivan is also vice president of the management board of Liberty Alliance, a nonprofit group of corporations, government agencies and vendors working on open interoperability standards. "The major motivator for Liberty was to see that open standards prevailed," he said, "and that the field wasn't locked up by some vendor's proprietary standard, which is what Microsoft's Passport started to look like."

Feb 20
An End to Multiple Identities?
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Governments across the globe are adopting SAML 2.0 as the standard-of-choice in their federation solutions. This panel-based presentation is comprised of four case studies that provide an overview of current deployment scenarios and roadmaps governments have put in place for the wide scale deployment of SAML 2.0. Open standards are helping governments meet regional regulatory demands and vendors worldwide are helping to facilitate the adoption of SAML 2.0 technologies.

SAML 2.0 – Standard-of-choice in the Public Sector

This one day workshop from April 2007 features Catalonia, Finland, France, Spain and Norway presenting on their identity needs in order to meet citizen, government and business needs, protecting privacy, assuring security and assuring success.

eGovernment Liberty Alliance Workshop, Brussels, Belgium

New Zealand proves that great things often come from small countries as it joins the ranks of e-government SAML 2.0 deployers with its wide-ranging all-of-government authentication program. This innovative program is committed to providing shared services based on the principles of federated user-centric Identity Management—security, privacy and user control—and promises to transform how government relates to citizens and business. “Our goal is to raise the level of citizen participation and engagement with government via the online channel,” said Colin Wallis, the Authentication Standards Programme Manager at the State Services Commission, the agency in charge of New Zealand’s e-government projects. “Liberty Alliance has been instrumental in helping us achieve that goal.”

New Zealand Government

The Fall issue of the Liberty Alliance Global Adoption Newsletter--our biggest to date--focuses on e-government and the considerable adoption traction in that sector. Highlights include:

  • A case study on New Zealand's SAML 2.0 deployment
  • A map of Liberty e-government adoption worldwide
  • Updates on new workshops, collaborations, and events
  • A short piece on how Korea is using a celebrity boy band to promote their e-government work
  • An FAQ about IGF--which has great application in eGovernment and industry at large

As part of the workshop, eGovt attendees gathered to review use cases and commonalities across their deployments. This presentation reviews some of these discussions and presents use case models for reviewing application of Liberty's specifications to meet a variety of eGovt use cases.

Liberty Alliance today announced that the E-Authentication Solution program of the US General Services Administration (GSA) now mandates passing Liberty Alliance SAML 2.0 interoperability testing as a prerequisite for participating in the US E-Authentication Identity Federation. This news comes as governments around the world build and deploy SAML 2.0-based applications to offer millions of citizens secure and privacy-respecting online services and to provide businesses and public sector trading partners with an open, proven interoperable and trusted platform for conducting and managing a wide variety of identity-based transactions.

Oct 29
US GSA Requires Liberty Alliance Interoperability Testing as Public Sector SAML 2.0 Adoption Soars
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The next big development in e-government should make the iPod generation feel at home. Called igovt, it's a service that will allow us to log on to government websites and securely do all manner of transactions.

Apr 14
Anthony Doesburg: Bringing government services to the iPod generation
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Federation of the Danish Public Sector