Liberty Alliance Ranks Swell

More than two dozen new organizations have joined the alliance, including Sprint and the Internet2 consortium.

The Liberty Alliance Project on Wednesday announced that more than two dozen new organizations have joined the alliance, including some big names, such as Sprint Corp. and the Internet2 consortium.

The alliance also announced it will hold its first all-hands meeting in Chicago on Sept. 19.

The new members run the gamut of industries, from software and hardware to health care, financial services and media companies. The alliance is trying to build a diverse base of members to garner support for its federated identity management architecture.

New members include Baltimore Technologies plc, Diversinet Corp., Lycos Europe, the Newspaper Association of America, Oblix Inc. and TRUSTe.

Established last September, the Liberty Alliance has developed a specification for a single sign-on identity management scheme that is designed to enable users to move freely among various Web sites without needing to re-enter their usernames and passwords at each stop. The alliance released the specification in July.

Other Liberty members include Sun Microsystems Inc., RSA Security Inc., AOL Time Warner Inc.s America Online unit and Sony Corp.

"The alliance put a significant stake in the ground last month when we released our first specifications#151but our work is not complete," said Eric Dean, president of the Liberty Alliance and CIO of United Airlines.

The meeting in Chicago next month will be the first open to all alliance members and will center on discussions of the next-generation specification as well as the alliances direction. Previously, much of the Liberty work has been done by small working groups.

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