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Liberty Alliance Receives First Ever Identity Award at Digital ID World

Liberty Alliance is Recognized for its “Pseudonymous Linking” ConcepLiberty Alliance Project – October 11, 2002 – The Liberty Alliance Project, a business and technology consortium formed to develop open specifications for federated network identity, was recently honored at Digital ID World 2002 with the first ever Digital Id World Award- “Balancing Innovation and Reality”. The award recognizes the contributions the Alliance has made to the development of the digital identity space and highlights the Alliance’s recently released version 1.0 specifications.

“The Liberty Alliance is very pleased to accept this award from Digital ID World,” said Michael Barrett, president of Liberty Alliance Management Board and vice president of Internet strategy at American Express. “This award not only demonstrates the importance of digital identity overall, it recognizes the combined effort and experience of all of our member companies working together to develop a better way to solve the business and technology issues associated with network identity.”

The Liberty Alliance was presented with the Digital Identity Industry Award based on its “pseudonymous linking” concept in the version 1.0 specifications for federated network identity.

This technology allows users of the Liberty specifications to federate or link the accounts of customers who have opted-in, without exchanging any personal identity information. When a user federates their account through Liberty, the pseudonymous linking concept creates a random identifier that is unique to that relationship, ultimately avoiding a global identifier and providing an added layer of security to the process.

The Alliance is one of two organizations being recognized at this week’s Digital ID World conference in Denver, Colo.

The award recipients were selected by Digital ID World’s executive advisory committee, which consists of Esther Dyson, Chairman of EDventure Holdings Inc., Jamie Lewis, CEO and Research Chair of Burton Group, Jesse Berst, Managing Director of Athena Institute and Dave Chen, Partner of OVP Venture Partners.

About the Liberty Alliance Project

The Liberty Alliance Project ( is an alliance of more than 130 technology and consumer organizations formed to develop and deploy open, federated network identification specifications that support all current and emerging network devices in the digital economy. Federated identity will help drive the next generation of the Internet, offering businesses and consumers convenience and choice. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations.

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