AOL for Liberty

by Rael Dornfest

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AOL has finally decided to join the Liberty Alliance, the Sun Microsystems led band promising an "open, federated, single sign-on identity solution for the digital economy via any device connected to the Internet." AOL was conspicuously absent from the initial Liberty roster, working instead on its own "Magic Carpet" identity project. Since joining the Alliance, AOL has forwarded the invitation to rival Microsoft: 'It would be a positive step if Microsoft would join Liberty as well," the AOL spokesman said. "If they chose to do so, it would indicate they were moving away from leveraging their monopoly to control this new generation of services."'