The Liberty Alliance Project and its members have written several whitepapers to illustrate the technical and business aspects of the Liberty Alliance specification suites.

Featured Whitepaper

Liberty Alliance Whitepaper: Liberty ID-WSF People Service – Federated Social Identity
December 2005
Provides an overview of the motivation and value of federated social networks, and how the Liberty Alliance’s People Service can enable networks.

Liberty Alliance Whitepapers

Identity Theft Primer
December 2005
This paper, written by the Identity Theft Prevention Special Interest Group of the Liberty Alliance, clearly explains how a cross-organizational and vendor-neutral method of approaching the challenge of identity theft can work where piecemeal approaches will not. It includes a detailed identity theft matrix that explores the various types of identity theft and possible mitigating strategies, as well as an identity theft lifecycle that presents the various stages of the identity theft problem.

Appendix A: Glossary of Attack Vectors
December 2005
This document provides a glossary of terms used in the discussion of Identity Theft, and is meant to service as a companion piece to the Identity Theft Primer.

Liberty ID-WSF: A Web Services Framework (PDF)
May 2004
The technology used in Web services can allow businesses to offer new functionality to their partners and customers, ease existing relationships between disparate computing systems, and provide common interfaces to systems, enabling composite computing systems to be built that span geographical locations and business functions.

This overview introduces the components of the Liberty ID-WSF specification suite, and shows how these are used to deliver some of the benefits described above.

Liberty Alliance Whitepaper: Benefits of Federated Identity to Government (PDF)
March 2004
Provides an overview of the Liberty Alliance Benefits of Federated Identity to Government.

Liberty Alliance Whitepaper on Liberty Protocol and Identity Theft (PDF)
February 2004
Provides an overview of the Liberty Alliance protocol regarding identity theft.

Liberty Alliance Privacy and Security Best Practices (PDF)
November 2003
Highlights certain national privacy laws, fair information practices, and implementation guidance for organizations using the Liberty Alliance specifications. A French translation of this document is also available.

Privacy Preference Expression Languages Whitepaper (PDF)
November 2003
Gives a high-level example of how privacy preferences can be handled using a multileveled policy approach in the communication between a service provider and Web services provider.

Liberty Alliance & WS-Federation: A Comparative Overview
October 2003
Provides a brief overview of the Liberty Alliance’s federated network identity management architecture.

Business Benefits of Federated Identity
April 2003
Serves business audiences and technology strategists who want a foundational understanding of identity and a high-level overview that contrasts the Liberty Alliance specifications and the proposed WS-Federation draft technology.

Liberty Alliance Identity Architecture
March 2003
This paper provides a brief overview of the Liberty Alliance’s federated network identity management architecture.

Identity Systems and Liberty Specification Version 1.1 Interoperability
February 2003
This whitepaper seeks to address some of the emerging identity management technical approaches and how the latest version of Liberty Alliance Project specifications can coexist with these other technical approaches.

Member Whitepapers

Turkcell: A GSM Operators Service Network and the Subscribers Identity
This paper aims to summarize the study of a wireless operators service network and its ecosystem for creating and delivering mobile services with strong identity and privacy protection concerns. Available mainstream specifications and off-the-shelf products that are compliant with these specifications have been used during this work.

Nokia Web Services: Helping Operators Mobilize the Internet
This whitepaper focuses on the opportunities for mobile network operators.

  • Technical Description On Bluewin Service Identity Provider
  • Your Customers Benefit with Bluewin Identity Provider
    The key features of Bluewin IdP for service providersEntrust Whitepaper: Implications of Federated Identity Formats
    If identity information is to flow across boundaries, it must carry information about the principal with which it is associated. Consequently, the different organizations need to be able to agree on how to identify their principals to one another. This paper explores issues associated with different mechanisms/formats for this identifier.Nokia Web Services Framework for Devices
    A whitepaper describing the Nokia Web Services Framework for devices, suitable for technical personnel, developers, and everybody else who wants a technical introduction to the Liberty-enabled identity Web services device solution.
  • Web Services Demonstration Video (2.8mb WMV)
    This video shows how the user can be authenticated, discover, and consume the AOL streaming radio services, with a one-click-access and with a Nokia 6600/6620. Pilot done in collaboration with AOL, Nokia, SUN, and Trustgenix.

Trustgenix Whitepaper: Enabling Single Sign-On Through Identity Federation
Explains how federated identity or identity federation can eliminate password barriers across enterprises or within an enterprise. Provides a high-level overview of Liberty Alliance standard, and explains the various issues that customers can face in adopting identity federation.

HP Federated Identity Whitepaper (PDF)
This paper explores the concepts of digital identity management, examines industry driving trends, discusses various models of deployment, and shines light on the work of the Liberty Alliance Project as a basis for a comprehensive solution.

Sun Liberty Architecture and Security Overviews
This document provides an overview of the Liberty Version 1 specifications. It briefly discusses some of the underlying technologies, including HTTP, the establishment of Web connections, and SSL. Liberty version 1 technologies are presented in overview, along with a brief discussion of Liberty security characteristics, including a review of the risks in single sign-on systems.

Burton Group Publishes Federated Identity Case Studies
Click here to register for complimentary access to Burton Group’s Methodologies and Best Practices document featuring case studies from American Express, Boeing, General Motors, Nationwide Insurance, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, and more.


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