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OVER 2,000 MEMBERSHIP INQUIRIES POUR INTO LIBERTY ALLIANCE PROJECT

Cross-Industry Consortium for Open, Federated Network Identity Gathers Rapid Momentum

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

ProjectLiberty.org - Less than a month after 33 of the world's largest brand name companies announced the formation of the Liberty Alliance Project to develop and deploy an open solution for network identity, over 2,000 companies have requested information on membership in the Alliance.

The charter members of the Liberty Alliance Project, representing over a billion customer names, included ActivCard, American Airlines, the Apache Software Foundation, Bank of America, Bell Canada Enterprises, Cingular Wireless, Cisco Systems, CollabNet, Dun and Bradstreet, eBay, Entrust, Fidelity Investments, Gemplus, GM, Global Crossing, i2, Intuit, Liberate Technologies, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Openwave, O'Reilly and Associates, RealNetworks, RSA Security, Sabre, Schlumberger, Sony Corporation, Sprint, Sun Microsystems, Travelocity, United Airlines, Verisign and Vodafone.

"The Liberty Alliance Project has without doubt touched a key issue many, many organizations across a wide spectrum of industries see as critical," comments Tony Scott, Chief Technology Officer of GM. "We are delighted to see the significant interest and are encouraged by the number of organizations interested in being part of defining an open, federated solution for network identity."

An open, federated solution for network identity would enable ubiquitous single sign-on, decentralized authentication and open authorization from any device connected to the Internet, from traditional desktop computers and cellular phones through to TVs, automobiles, credit cards and point-of-sale terminals. The alliance represents some of the world's most recognized brand names and service providers, driving products, services and partnerships across a wide range of consumer and industrial products, financial services, travel, digital media, retailing, telecommunications and technology.

The Liberty Alliance was created to allow individual consumers and businesses to maintain personal information securely; to provide a universal, open standard for single sign-on which users and service providers can rely upon, and leverage to interoperate; and to provide an open standard for network identity spanning all network-connected devices.

The Liberty Alliance Project plans to begin immediately setting out a roadmap to address business practices, privacy, consumer adoption and technology evolution.

About the Liberty Alliance Project
The Liberty Alliance Project is an organization formed to create an open, federated, single sign-on identity solution for the digital economy via any device connected to the Internet. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations.

Note: Liberty is a code name for this formative initiative. The charter members expect to finalize an alliance agreement regarding organization and joint development of intellectual property within the next 45 days.

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