Liberty Releases Draft of New Spec
Alliance releases a draft of its second-generation specification for federated identity management and unveils its new Identity Web Services Framework.SAN FRANCISCOThe Liberty Alliance Project on Tuesday released a draft of its second-generation specification for federated identity management. In addition to the new spec, the alliance also unveiled its new Identity Web Services Framework, which lays out the components needed to build interoperable identity-based Web services. Alliance members, speaking at a press conference at the here, said they are in discussions with officials from Microsoft Corp. about making the Liberty specifications interoperable with the Redmond, Wash., companys Passport authentication service. "Were in talks about that now. Its something that our members have said is important to them," said Simon Nicholson, director of alliances and industry initiatives at Sun Microsystems Inc., in Palo Alto, Calif., and chair of the Marketing Expert Group in the Liberty Alliance.
The two main enhancements to the new specification are protocols that enable affiliations and anonymity. The affiliations functionality allows users to federate their identities with a selected group of affiliated Web sites. This is seen as a key piece of any identity management service.
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