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Liberty Alliance Expands Membership Base With Ten New Sponsor Members

New Members Bring Added Gaming, eGovernment and Telecom Experience To Global Consortium

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Liberty Alliance’s new sponsor members include the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), Gamefederation, Intel, Kayak Interactive, Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN), Oracle and Sharp Laboratories of America. Computer Associates, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and Trustgenix have upgraded their member status to a sponsor level. These new members bring to the Liberty Alliance a wealth of knowledge across industries, from telecom and enterprise software to gaming, entertainment, consumer electronics and e-government. With the addition of these new members, Liberty’s global reach now extends to six continents.

“Constant infusion of new members helps drive this industry forward and furthers Liberty’s goals and vision of building an organization that represents the interests of a diverse group of companies doing business throughout the world,” said Michael Barrett, president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board and vice president of privacy and security for American Express. “Every wave of new members brings with it additional expertise and market insight that not only benefits new and existing members, but also other companies seeking to find solutions to the security and implementation demands inherent in identity management.”

Companies are beginning to reap the benefits of investing in a federated architecture, and recognize the rapid rate at which Liberty specifications are being adopted. As sponsors, members receive access to the latest federated identity technical specifications as well as business and policy guidelines, which helps them to create new business opportunities, increase security and reduce deployment costs. Liberty has a history of success delivering standards that meet early adopters’ real-world requirements, and this plays a critical role in helping members to solidify business deals.
Continued Traction Within the Gaming and Entertainment Industries

New Liberty Alliance members include electronics, gaming and entertainment leaders Gamefederation, Kayak Interactive and Sharp Laboratories of America. The addition of these companies demonstrates Liberty’s broad reach into diverse markets, and the value vertical market leaders see in being able to quickly implement Liberty specifications into their work. As consumers transition to digital entertainment products and a fully networked household, demand for new functionality and personalized services, such as entertainment content and customized television programming, continues to rise. Liberty’s technical specifications and business guidelines will help to ease the deployment of mobile and digital devices across disparate networks.

Additionally, a new gaming services group has been formed to investigate opportunities for the game user, gaming industry and network operators in developing and deploying Liberty Alliance compliant services. This will help to rapidly move Liberty specifications into the gaming industry.
Liberty Alliance Expands its Global Reach

Global companies recognize the value of joining the Liberty Alliance at a sponsor level, including direct input into specifications, ability to contribute to the policy and business work around identity, and a vote in expert group meetings. Involvement from BIPAC, Computer Associates, G&D, Intel, MTN, Oracle, and Trustgenix illustrates that the Liberty Alliance is expanding its global reach while adding breadth and depth to its growing membership.
New Associates and Affiliates Also Join Liberty

The Liberty Alliance also announced today that 11 organizations, representing a wide variety of global interests and specialties, have recently joined the Alliance as new associate and affiliate members, bringing the total number of active members to 157. Below are the organizations announcing their membership today.

* Al-Elm Information Security - http://www.elm.com.sa/
* BMC Software - http://www.bmc.com/
* Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) - http://www.etri.re.kr/e_etri/index.php
* Evidian - http://www.evidian.com/
* Ex Machina - http://www.exmachina.nl/
* Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS - http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/
* Interoperability Clearinghouse (ICH) - http://www.ichnet.org/
* Kuratorium OFFIS e.V - http://www.offis.de/index_e.php
* Terraplay Systems AB - http://www.terraplay.com/
* T-Online International AG - http://www.t-online.com/
* University of North Carolina at Charlotte - http://www.uncc.edu/

About the Liberty Alliance Project

The Liberty Alliance Project (www.projectliberty.org) 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 www.projectliberty.org.

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Contact:

Tiffany van Gorder
Ketchum PR for Liberty Alliance
415-984-6192
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