The Liberty Alliance Project was formed in September 2001 to develop open standards for federated network identity management and identity-based services. Its goals are to ensure interoperability, support privacy, and promote adoption of its specifications, guidelines and best practices.
The Alliance is made up of more than 160 members, representing a worldwide cross-section of organizations ranging from educational institutions and government organizations, to service providers and financial institutions, to technology firms and wireless providers.
The Liberty Alliance Project develops open specifications and does not deliver specific products or services. The Alliance’s goal is to create specifications that incorporate, leverage and support other industry standards, creating a means for its members and other organizations to build products and services that will interoperate, lower cost of ownership and promote secure federated identity management.