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Liberty Alliance Announces New President, Officers and 2007 Focus Areas

Representatives from AOL, HP, Oracle and Sun Microsystems are elected to officer positions, new Executive Director appointed

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Liberty Alliance – January 10, 2007 -- Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trusted Internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced officers on the Liberty Alliance Management Board for the 2007 calendar year. These positions are voted on by Liberty Alliance board members with elected officers serving one year terms. Roger Sullivan, vice president of Oracle Identity Management and vice president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board for the past two years, has been voted to lead Liberty as president in 2007. Joining Sullivan in Liberty Alliance officer positions this year are:

 

Jason Rouault – elected Vice President of the Liberty Alliance Management Board. Rouault is CTO of Identity Management Software at HP and has previously served as Chair of the Liberty Alliance Technology Expert Group and as a member of the Liberty Alliance Management Board.

 

Bill Smith – elected Secretary of the Liberty Alliance Management Board for the fifth consecutive year. Smith is Senior Director, Business Strategy in the CTO Office at Sun Microsystems.

 

Roger Martin – elected Treasurer on the Liberty Alliance Management Board for the second consecutive term. Martin is Director of Standards at AOL.

 

With today’s news, Brett McDowell has been appointed Executive Director of Liberty Alliance. McDowell has served in leadership positions with Liberty for the last four years, most recently as Director.

 

Liberty Alliance is the only global identity organization that addresses the technology, business and privacy aspects of digital identity management. Members work collectively to develop open standards, best practices and deployment guidelines to help organizations build and deploy digital identity management solutions users can trust for more secure and privacy-respecting online transactions. Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services, which includes Liberty People Service, are deployed extensively by governments and businesses worldwide.

 

The Liberty Alliance management board consists of representatives from AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, HP, Intel, Novell, NTT, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. Officers of the Liberty Alliance Management Board are responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization based on member and industry requirements for open and interoperable identity solutions. Key initiatives the Liberty Alliance Management Board will focus on this year include:

 

Expanding Industry Relationships - While Liberty Alliance has always worked with other standards organizations to speed the development of open and non-proprietary identity solutions, as the identity sector continues to evolve the Liberty Alliance Management Board will focus this year on expanding relationships with identity organizations and initiatives worldwide. This will allow organizations to more easily examine and leverage the experience and leadership Liberty has in helping organizations deploy digital identity management solutions that interoperate and provide users with the highest degree of security and privacy protection. A list of many of the standards bodies and identity organizations Liberty Alliance works with on a regular basis as well as organizations that have incorporated Liberty’s open identity specifications into their own output is available at http://projectliberty.org/index.php/liberty/adoption/standards_organizations

 

Driving Convergence in the Identity Sector – Since its inception in 2001, Liberty Alliance has focused on driving the convergence of identity standards. In an era when governments and enterprises require open and interoperable identity solutions and developers and system integrators are moving to leverage a variety of open source and Web 2.0 initiatives, Liberty Alliance will continue to lead in moving the global identity sector toward industry-wide convergence in 2007. Convergence in the identity sector will allow organizations in every market segment to deploy more secure federation, Web services, SOAs, social networking and user-centric applications that can immediately interoperate with the deployments helping to drive the billions of Liberty-enabled identities and devices Liberty Alliance is expecting this year. A snapshot of some of the organizations deploying Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services is available at http://projectliberty.org/index.php/liberty/adoption

 

Providing New Tools for Solving Policy and Privacy Issues - Liberty Alliance has proven that digital identity management solutions must successfully address technology, business and privacy issues if they are to gain wide-scale industry acceptance and deliver real business value. Liberty Alliance is the only identity organization with a Public Policy Expert Group (PPEG) consisting of privacy experts from around the world and regularly releasing best practices and guidelines to help businesses and governments address the policy and privacy aspects of digital identity management. In 2007, Liberty Alliance will focus on expanding the output of PPEG to include legal frameworks and templates organizations in every market segment can leverage to deploy digital identity management solutions faster and more successfully. Best practices for privacy and business and deployment guidelines released by PPEG are available at http://projectliberty.org/index.php/liberty/strategic_initiatives/privacy_trust_security

 

“One of Liberty’s primary goals in 2007 is to open its arms to all organizations interested in leveraging Liberty’s leadership and experience in helping businesses and governments deploy successful digital identity management solutions,” said Roger Sullivan, president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board and vice president of Oracle Identity Management. “By focusing on convergence and on delivering open identity standards and best practices for managing policy and privacy issues, Liberty Alliance is allowing organizations to speed the deployment of interoperable and more secure identity-based applications.”

 

About Liberty Alliance
Liberty Alliance is a global identity consortium with a membership base that includes 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. In addition to its management board, Liberty’s membership structure consists of four expert groups, the Technology Expert Group (TEG), the Public Policy Expert Group (PPEG), the Strong Authentication Expert Group (SAEG) and the Business and Marketing Expert Group (BMEG). Members form special interest groups based on the need to solve regional and global identity issues and include the eGovernment, eHealth, Identity Theft Prevention and Open Source groups. More information about Liberty’s membership structure as well as information about how to become a member is available at http://projectliberty.org/index.php/liberty/about/structure