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Internet2 Releases Web Authorization Software

Internet2 announced the availability of Shibboleth 1.0, the first production version of privacy-preserving Web authorization software. Shibboleth (http://shibboleth.internet2.edu/) is standards-based and open source. The product incorporates active privacy management while enabling inter-institutional sharing of Web resources subject to access controls. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.

Blackboard, WebCT, and WebAssign, course management software providers, and EBSCO, JSTOR, and SFX, online information companies, have already begun to incorporate Shibboleth technology into their products and services. It has been tested by more than 20 companies and universities. SWITCH, the Swiss national research and education networking organization has selected Shibboleth as its official authentication and authorization architecture and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), a major educational initiative by the National Science Foundation, will use Shibboleth to allow access to customized or restricted content and services.

Clifford Lynch, executive director for the Coalition for Networked Information, called the availability of Shibboleth 1.0 "a major milestone in a long road." He stated: "The Coalition for Networked Information led much of the work articulating the requirements for a system like Shibboleth some 5 years ago; designing and building it has been a major effort that required the best talent from the higher education community." He continued, "One of the first applications will be managing access to content licensed by research libraries on behalf of their campus communities."

Source: Internet2



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