OpenID Foundation and Information Card Foundation publish vision for open government through open identity technologies

Announce availability of joint white paper: “Open Trust Frameworks for Open Government

Washington, D.C.—August 13, 2009–The OpenID Foundation (OIDF) and the Information Card Foundation (ICF) announced today they have published a white paper outlining their approach to open trust frameworks for certification under the U.S. General Services Administration’s Trust Framework Adoption Process (TFAP). Open trust frameworks provide a way for citizens to easily and safely engage with government websites: a key step in making open government a reality.

“Open trust frameworks are the way to bridge open identity technologies like OpenID and Information Cards with the trust requirements of large communities such as the U.S. Federal Government,” said Drummond Reed, executive director of the Information Card Foundation. “They are a practical solution to enabling government agency websites and applications to accept identities from non-governmental identity providers. This reduces friction and lowers costs while at the same time increases security and privacy.”

“The fact of the matter is you can’t have open government with broad citizen engagement without trust frameworks and open standards,” adds Don Thibeau, executive director of the OpenID Foundation. “OpenID and Information Cards offer an open standards approach for achieving this via the Internet and other public networks.”

The paper, “Open Trust Frameworks for Open Government” and coauthored by Thibeau and Reed, is available for download at the OpenID Foundation and The Information Card Foundation websites. More information on U.S. General Services Administration’s Trust Framework Adoption Process is available on the government’s website.


About the OpenID Foundation
OpenID Foundation (OIDF) is a non-profit open source community whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of OpenID technology. The Foundation fosters and promotes the development and adoption of OpenID as a framework for user-centric identity on the Internet. OpenID allows users to sign in to multiple websites without needing to create new passwords. OIDF is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif.

About the Information Card Foundation
The Information Card Foundation is an international non-profit whose mission is to advance simpler, more secure, and more portable digital identity on the Internet. Information Card technology gives users greater control over personal information while at the same time enabling more beneficial digital relationships with businesses. Steering members of the foundation include Deustche Telecom, Equifax, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, and PayPal. ICF is headquartered in Boston, MA. Visit the ICF website at