New York State Education Agencies Recognized for Excellence in Digital Identity Management

EduTech receives the 2006 Liberty Alliance IDDY Award

Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trusted Internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that the EduTech deployment within the New YorkState education agencies has been awarded the 2006 IDDY (Identity Deployment of the Year) Award for excellence in digital identity management. Liberty Alliance presents the IDDY Award annually to recognize outstanding digital identity management deployments based on the proven interoperable and privacy-respecting Liberty Federation and Liberty Web services specifications. A photo of the Liberty Alliance IDDY Award is available at

“Organizations around the world are deploying Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services to build identity management solutions users can trust for conducting more secure and privacy-respecting online transactions,” said George Goodman president of the Liberty Alliance management board and director of the platform capabilities lab at Intel. “We congratulate EduTech for deploying a Liberty-based solution the IDDY judging panel voted as among the ‘best-of-the-best’ in digital identity management today.”

EduTech is deploying Liberty Federation within the New York state education agencies, working in collaboration with 11 other Regional Information Centers (RICs) that are responsible for providing technology services to 700+ public school districts in New York. This RIC Consortium is leveraging federation in order to increase teacher and administrator access to tools and information, enhance system-wide data initiatives and lower state-wide operational costs.

Liberty Federation is the industry standard for successfully addressing the many authentication, privacy and security challenges surrounding online identity management. Deployed by organizations around the world, Liberty Federation allows consumers and users of Internet-based services to authenticate and sign-on to a network or domain once from any device and then visit or take part in services from multiple Web sites. This federated approach does not require the user to re-authenticate and can support privacy controls established by the user. A snapshot of organizations deploying Liberty’s open identity specifications for federation and identity-enabled Web services is available at

About the LibertyAlliance IDDY Awards and 2006 Judges

Deutsche Telekom AG, EduTech and the UK Government are the recipients of the 2006 IDDY Award. IDDY Awards are presented annually by Liberty Alliance to shine a spotlight on outstanding digital identity management deployments worldwide. The panel of judges for the 2006 Awards was made up of the following identity experts from within and outside of Liberty’s global membership base: Michael Barrett, CISO, PayPal, Inc.; John Fontana, senior editor, infrastructure, Network World; Gerry Gebel, service director-IdPS, Burton Group; George Goodman, president of the Liberty Alliance management board and director of the platform capabilities lab at Intel; Paul Madsen, co-chair of the Liberty Alliance technology expert group and identity standards researcher at NTT, Robin Wilton, Co-chair of the Liberty Alliance public policy expert group and corporate architect at Sun Microsystems; Christine Varney, partner, Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C. More information about the 2006 IDDY Awards is available at The IDDY Award has been designed by Kristian Iglesias, a sculptor living and working in Greenport, New York.


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