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Intel Joins the Liberty Alliance Project

Intel Joins the Liberty Alliance Project

Membership Underscores Intel's Commitment to Advance Open Standards Development

San Jose, California, USA. March 18, 2004.

The Liberty Alliance Project today announced that Intel Corporation has joined the global consortium developing an open federated identity standard and business tools for implementing identity-based services, as both a sponsor member and participating company on the Alliance's Management Board. As a Liberty Alliance member, Intel will continue its efforts towards the evolution of additional devices that can take advantage of Liberty Alliance compliant infrastructure and services.

Liberty's federated approach to identity management provides a standards-based foundation for identity networks and services. By identity-enabling systems and services, companies can increase security, create new efficiencies to cut internal IT costs, enable new business opportunities and make Web services more privacy friendly.

Identities play a large role in the convergence between computing and communications, which is an evolution Intel has been driving for many years. Intel has worked hard to advance basic building blocks both at the silicon level as well as at the platform hardware/software level. Joining Liberty Alliance will help Intel continue to advance the development of identity standards that will become one of the basic building blocks for emerging computing and communications usage models.

"Authentication and identity management are critical to the success of new computer and communications usages," said Colin Evans, Director System Software, Corporate Technology Group, Intel. "Liberty Alliance brings together an exciting array of companies from many industries to define these standards and we are looking forward to working with our customers and member companies to make implementation a reality across all the hardware platforms we provide."

In addition, as the newest member on the Management Board, Intel is one of 15 companies responsible for overall governance and operations of the Liberty Alliance. This new membership status will allow Intel the opportunity to work with the Liberty Alliance membership to assist in the creation and recommendation of future specifications and business tools in the area of federated identity.

About Intel

Intel, the world's largest chip-maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at

About the Liberty Alliance Project

The Liberty Alliance Project ( is an alliance of more than 150 companies, non-profit and government organizations from around the globe. The consortium is committed to developing an open standard for federated network identity that supports all current and emerging network devices. Federated identity offers businesses, governments, employees and consumers a more convenient and secure way to control identity information in today's digital economy, and is a key component in driving the use of e-commerce, personalized data services, as well as web-based services. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations. If you are interested in seeing the full list of Liberty Alliance members or are interested in becoming a member, please visit us at


Kevin Teixeira
Tel: +1 408-765-4512

Tiffany van Gorder
Ketchum PR for Liberty Alliance
Tel: +1 415-984 6192


Related Liberty Alliance News and References

There are now fifteen (15) companies on the Liberty Alliance Management Board. They are: American Express, AOL Time Warner, Ericsson, France Telecom, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel, Nokia, Novell, NTT DoCoMo, Sony Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Verisign, and Vodafone. See the membership list for Sponsor, Associate, and Affiliate Members.

On March 18, 2004 the Liberty Alliance also "announced new relationships with six global alliances. Network Applications Consortium (NAC), Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), Open Security Exchange (OSE), PayCircle, SIMalliance and WLAN Smart Card consortium are working collaboratively with the Liberty Alliance, demonstrating that federated identity is a key enabler in everything from mobile payments and on-demand networking to integrating electronic and physical security systems." See details in the press release: "Liberty Alliance Collaborates with Six More Industry Bodies, Cementing Federated Identity's Importance Across Industries. Standards Organizations Join Forces to Address Identity Challenges in the Security, Financial and Mobile Services Sectors."

Earlier news:

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. General references in "Liberty Alliance Specifications for Federated Network Identification and Authorization."

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