IBM, Novell and Parity Communications announced on Monday that the firms would contributing code to an open-source initiative, known as Project Higgins, which aims to create an identity system that give the user more control over their data.
The project, which is managed under by the Eclipse Foundation, is based on the concept of user-centric identities researched at Harvard Law Schools Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
"To move online security to the next level, there has to be fundamental resolve among consumers, government and business to quickly adopt a system where the individual has more control over how information about them is managed and shared," John Clippinger, senior fellow for The Berkman Center, said in a statement. "Our aim is to construct an open and widely accessible software framework that puts the individual at the center of the identity management universe.
The software created by the project will likely compete with Microsoft's InfoCard framework, which will form the core identity management role in the software giant's next-generation operating system, Windows Vista. The hope is that the software will help reduce the amount of unsecured data on the Internet and stem the tide of data leaks.
Posted by: Robert Lemos