What is the Liberty Alliance?
The Liberty Alliance Project was formed in September 2001 to establish an open standard for federated network identity. The Alliance has stated this will be accomplished by developing technical specifications that support a broad range of identity-based products and network devices. It is a consortium of more than 150 technology and consumer organizations working together towards this common goal.

Why Do We Need Liberty?
Network identification is a technology and business issue effecting practically every industry. Both businesses and consumers have recognized the convenience and cost-savings of conducting transactions online, and in turn, the number of online transactions and Web services has increased exponentially.

However, businesses enabling these services have heterogeneous and often non-interoperable systems among each other and even within their own organizations. This translates into users being required to register separate accounts and maintain their personal information (or “identity”) across isolated sites and systems, resulting in pain for both the users and businesses providing these services.

The Liberty Alliance’s vision is to enable a networked world in which individuals and businesses can more easily conduct transactions while protecting the privacy and security of identity information. The open specifications being developed by the Alliance will create the flexible, secure and open infrastructure that is required to support and manage these online services and transactions.

Timeline

September 2001 Liberty Alliance Project formed and publicly announced
December 2001 Alliance governing body and official structure formed, with management board and three expert groups (technology, policy and marketing)
January 2002 First quarterly all-Sponsors meeting (Orlando)
February 2002 Membership reached 38 Sponsor companies; Alliance announced mid-year timeline for first set of specifications
April 2002 Quarterly all-Sponsors meeting (Paris)
May 2002 Associate and Affiliate level membership opened for non-profits, government and commercial organizations
July 2002 Liberty Alliance version 1.0 specifications are publicly released; member companies announced upcoming availability of Liberty-enabled products; membership reaches 65+ member organizations
August 2002 Membership reaches more than 95 member organizations
September 2002 Membership reaches more than 120 member organizations
November 2002 Liberty Alliance version 1.1 specification draft is publicly released
January 2003 Liberty Alliance reaches more than 150 member organizations and announces poll results

Member Structure

Membership Levels:

There are three levels of membership in the Alliance: Sponsor, Associate and Affiliate. Sponsor membership provides full participation in Alliance working groups and activities for those companies interested in having an active role.

Associate and Affiliate memberships are available to commercial companies and non-profit and government agencies, respectively, providing an opportunity to view and comment on draft specifications via the web prior to public release.

Management Board:

The Management Board is made up of Sponsor members who serve split two and three year terms. The current Sponsors on the Management Board are the original founding members.

Management Board Chair: Michael Barrett, vice president for Internet strategy,
American Express

Current Member Companies

As of January 2003, there are currently over 150 members of the Alliance. They are:

Sponsors

American Express
AOL
Bank of America
Cingular Wireless
Cisco Systems
Communicator Inc.
Consignia PLC
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Electronic Data Systems
Ericsson
Fidelity Investments
France Telecom
Gemplus
General Motors
Hewlett-Packard
i2 Technologies
Intuit
MasterCard International
Netegrity Inc.
NeuStar Inc.
Nextel Communications
NTT
NTT DoCoMo
Nokia
Novell
OneName
Openwave Systems
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Register.com
RSA Security
Sabre
SAP
SchlumbergerSema
SK Telecom
Sony Corporation
Sun Microsystems
United Airlines
VeriSign
Visa International
Vodafone

Associates

Access Ticket Systems
ACI Worldwide
Aconite Technology
ActivCard
AGEA Corporation
Avaki Corporation
ATEXO
Baltimore Technologies
Bell Canada
Bluewin AG
Bridgewater Systems
Calendra
Cauldron Solutions
Cavio Corporation
CCL/ITRI
CDC Mercure
CheckFree Corporation
Citigroup
Coherity Inc.
Commerce One
ConnecTerra Inc
Convergys
Cygsoft Inc.
Daon
Datakey, Inc.
DigiGAN
Discover Financial Services
Diversinet Corporation
EarthLink
Ecreations Software
ECsoft Group
Entegrity Solutions
ePresence
Fujitsu Invia
HNC Software
Imprivata Inc.
Interlink Networks, Inc
Jabber, Inc
July Systems
Lockheed Martin
Lycos Europe
Meridea Financial Software Ltd
Merck & Co, Inc
Mycroft, Inc.
M-Tech
Nationwide
Network365
Niteo Partners, An NEC Company
NRI Pacific, Inc
Oberthur Card Systems
Oki Electric Industry Co., LTD
Oblix
Passgate Corporation
PeopleSoft
Phaos Technology
Ping Identity Corporation
PostX Corporation
Quadrasis
The Sage Group
Siemens AG
Sentillion
Sigaba
Siperian, Inc
SkyTech Solutions LLC
Sprint PCS
Stelvio
Studio Notarile Genghini
Telia Research
Telus
Thor Technologies
Toyota Info Technology Center USA
Trustgenix
Universo Online Ltda (UOL)
Ufinity Ptd
Vasco Data Security
Verifia
Waterforest Consulting Services
WaterWare Internet Services
Wave Systems
Waveset Technologies Inc.
Wells Fargo
Xerox Corporation
Yodlee, Inc


Affiliates

Canada Post Corp.
Center for Democracy and Technology
Computer & Communications Industry Association
Engineering Partnership in Lancashire
Enterprise Java Victoria, Inc.
The Financial Services Roundtable
Financial Services Technology Consortium
Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software
Healthcare Financial Management Association
Helsinki Institute of Physics
Institute of Information Management of the University of St. Gallen
International Security, Trust and Privacy Alliance
Internet2
Java Wireless Competency Centre
National Institute for Urban Search & Rescue
Newspaper Association of America
Radicchio Consortium
Software & Information Industry Association
Stabsstelle IKT-Strategie des Bundes
The Open Group
The PAM Forum
TRUSTe
Universitat-Hamburg

Contact Information

Media Inquiries:
New Member Inquiries: IEEE-ISTO
liberty-admin@projectliberty.org

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