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Seven new members for Liberty Alliance

Adobe and Telewest Broadband are two of the latest companies to sign up to Liberty Alliance, the Web Services identity standards consortium
Written by Tony Hallett, Contributor on
Liberty Alliance, a far-reaching body working on identity standards for Web services, has signed up seven new members.

At an event held in Tokyo on Monday it announced Adobe, DAI-Labor, Deny All, M-Tech Information Technology, OpenNetwork Technologies, Senforce Technologies and Telewest Broadband are joining up.

Web services require identity verification for benefits such as single sign-on and while the Liberty Alliance already boasts a range of vendors, non-profit organisations and users, its latest round of backers covers many technology bases, including document and location-aware security.

It is notable the body is now also talking about using its standards for applications such as digital rights management -- a vital future area for Microsoft, which holds key ground in the development of web services.

Web services refers to a set of standards based around Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) used to link together software components that bolt together over the internet.

The Liberty Alliance also announced a full-time executive director in the shape of long-time Silicon Valley IT consultant and ex-IBMer Donal O'Shea. Until now, its ranks have been filled with full-time employees of its member companies.

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