Liberty Alliance and Internet Identity Workshop Team on First Identity Open Space Unconference in Europe

Identity experts from around the world gather in Brussels to advance user-centric identity management

Liberty Alliance – March 8, 2007 — Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trusted Internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that it has teamed with the Internet Identity Workshop to hold an Identity Open Space (IOS) on April 26 and 27 in Brussels, Belgium. The “unconference” is taking place in conjunction with Liberty’s April 24 – 26 global membership meeting and is the second IOS Liberty Alliance has jointly produced with the IIW. The IOS event is open to anyone interested in advancing the user-centric identity conversation.

“IOS events play an important role in bringing technical and policy experts together to discuss pressing issues involved in successfully building the Internet’s identity layer,” said Brett McDowell, executive director, Liberty Alliance.

The first IOS sponsored by Liberty Alliance and IIW was held last year in Vancouver where more than 100 industry leaders, implementers and innovators attended. The April event in Brussels is designed to broaden the discussion and understanding around identity. The proven unconference open space methodology will allow all attendees to create and participate in an exciting agenda. Individuals interested in reviewing the agenda or posting a topic to be included in the IOS conversation can visit

Registration is available at

“IOS is a great opportunity to bring together various technical communities of practice working on identity including Liberty Alliance, OpenID, CardSpace, Higgins along with Web 2.0, enterprise and government entities to explore how the evolving identity layer will empower people and respect their privacy,” said Kaliya Hamlin, Identity Woman, winner of the Digital Identity World 2006 Award for balancing innovation with reality.

About Liberty Alliance
Liberty Alliance ( is a global identity consortium with members that include technology vendors, consumer service providers and educational and government organizations working together to build a more trusted Internet by addressing the technology, business and privacy aspects of digital identity management. Liberty’s management board consists of representatives from AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, HP, Intel, Novell, NTT, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. Liberty works with identity organizations worldwide to ensure all voices are included in the global identity discussion and regularly holds public educational and deployment events to showcase the consumer and business benefits of interoperable, secure and privacy respecting identity standards.


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