Liberty Alliance Project goes 1.0

by Rael Dornfest

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Wonders never cease! The Liberty Alliance Project has released its 1.0 Specification for a simplified sign-on and federated networking identity system.

As the Liberty Alliance's first step in enabling an open federated network identity solution, Liberty version 1.0 specifications focus on interoperability between systems to enable opt-in account linking and simplified sign-on functionality. This allows users to decide whether to link accounts with various identity providers and makes it easier for both consumers and businesses to take advantage of the growing Web services space.

New Scientist talks with Timo Skytta, Nokia representative in the alliance. Peter Drayton offers some initial observations.