Liberty Is All About Identification Control
Specifications are one thing. How they're implemented is another.The initial specification for the liberty allianceperhaps the fastest-growing technology-driven identification control plan everis just weeks away. The first ID management applications based on Liberty will be out soon, and by years end, well see the first implementations, probably in consumer Web sites. ID management in the Internet age is as great as it is necessary. Were all aware of how time-consuming and inconvenient it is to manage our identifications and passwords. Every Web site has different log-in requirements, password restrictions and security levels. However, this "difficulty" is nothing compared with what we can expect in the future when Web service technologies come into greater use. Stronger authentication and authorization controls will be necessary. This is the goal of the Liberty Alliance. (Go to www.eweek.com/links for more information.)
But liberty is an impalpable term. One persons liberty can be anothers oppression. The alliance is about controlling and managing identities as they traverse the Internetthe success of which is due in large part to users ability to remain anonymous.