NRENs (and their users) have been pioneers in the use of federated authentication to access web-based services that allow users to authenticate once, and then to have access to multiple services. This improves the experience for the user; it reduces the complexity and costs incurred in issuing and managing credentials, while providing accountability and protecting user privacy.
The aim of the Identity Federations' task is to expand the federated framework to encompass a greater variety of applications, such as those that are not running in the web space.
This task is also researching ways to ease the deployment of federated authentication and to develop a scalable model for interoperability of Identity Federations.
European Commission Communications Networks, Content and Technology
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