UK Government Recognized for Excellence in Digital Identity Management: Gateway Authentication 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 UK Government Authentication Gateway 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

“Governments 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 the UK Government Cabinet Office for deploying a Liberty-based solution the IDDY judging panel voted as among the ‘best-of-the-best’ in digital identity management today.”

The Government Gateway Service is the authentication server for all e-government services in the UK. The Gateway leverages open federation and interoperability of federation products to secure the electronic delivery of government services to citizens, enable authentication and single sign-on in support of a “joined up government” and to break down technical silos that had previously been hindering a transition to eGovernment. Nearly 8 million citizens in the UK are registered to use the gateway service.

About the Liberty Alliance 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


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