Privacy in an Online, Web 2.0 World Focus of New Liberty Alliance Webcast Series

Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trust-worthy internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced the 2008 Privacy in Perspective webcast series. The webcasts examine online privacy issues from both a consumer and enterprise perspective and present potential solutions for better privacy in the Web 2.0 world. Hosted by leaders in the technology, public policy and media sectors, the Wednesday, April 19, 23 and 30 webcasts begin at 8 am US PT (3:00 UTC) and are open to the public.

High-profile privacy-related incidents in the private and public sectors continue to bring personal data management – and the associated risks – sharply to the forefront of public awareness. The Privacy in Perspective series has been designed to shine the expert’s spotlight on some of the less visible privacy issues which lie behind those attention-grabbing headlines. The webcasts cover issues facing users of online services, social networking and Web 2.0 application providers, in an open format to drive discussions about how to solve these global challenges. Highlights from the agenda include:

April 16 – Robin Wilton, Corporate Architect for Federated Identity, Sun Microsystems and co-chair of the Liberty Alliance Public Policy Group, will review findings and next steps from the ongoing series of global Liberty Alliance privacy summits which bring together a diverse set of privacy stakeholders from the commercial, academic, legal and public sectors. Published findings from the Liberty Alliance privacy summit series held so far are available at

April 23 – Phil Hunt, Director Security Standards, Oracle Identity Management, and lead developer of the IGF open source project at, will provide an overview of the privacy benefits of the Liberty Identity Governance Framework (IGF), a policy-based organizational framework being standardized within Liberty Alliance and implemented in open source at to protect personal identity information (PII) within and across enterprise networks. An overview of the IGF initiative is available at

April 30 – Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz, technology editors with USA Today, will review highlights from their new book Zero Day Threat, which discusses the immediate and long-term security and privacy risks associated with online transactions, social networks and Web 2.0 technologies. The Zero Day Threat prologue with input from the authors is available at

“The Privacy in Perspective series will raise awareness and drive new discussions about the many — and all too often overlooked — privacy issues facing users and deployers of Web 2.0 applications that require unnecessary disclosure of personally identifiable information,” said Brett McDowell, executive director, Liberty Alliance. “The series reinforces the need for users to become educated about the identity information they share online, their options for avoiding such identity traps, and the policies organizations must have in place to ensure personal information is both respected and protected.”

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