Liberty Alliance Reaffirms Focus on All Platforms

Liberty Alliance Project – The Liberty Alliance would like to clarify and correct some misperceptions circulating among the media, resulting from an inaccurate article appearing in eWeek’s December 2 issue, which reported that the Alliance is conceding defeat to Passport.

This is inaccurate on a number of levels. The Liberty Alliance is an industry consortium developing open standards in the digital identity space. Our specifications have been, and will continue to be, scrupulously platform and technology neutral so that they will work in any type of environment. Our focus and direction has not changed in this respect.

The Alliance does not intend to offer digital identity services in the same vein as Microsoft Passport or other vendor services. Rather, our member companies (and non-members) will offer implementations on whatever platform(s) they believe offer sound business opportunities. The Windows platform is a significant one for a number of our members. Therefore, we expect that there will be Liberty implementations for it which our specifications will make possible.

An open standards organization that is based on the collaboration of many companies within different industries often invites debate and differences of opinion. However a difference in opinion does not reflect a “rift” in the Alliance as eWeek concluded.

The Liberty Alliance is comprised of more than 140 organizations in a number of different vertical industries working together to address a major business issue – network identity- that affects all environments and platforms. Members may have different opinions and different priorities on which markets to target and they are free to express those opinions.

The consensus by Liberty members has resulted in the success of the version 1.0 specifications released in July and the updated version 1.1 specifications that are currently under public review. Membership continues to increase, we continue to hear about new Liberty implementations planned and we expect the version 2.0 specifications to be on target for the first half of 2003.


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