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(1) WG NAME (and any acronym or abbreviation of the name): The WG name, acronym and abbreviation must not include trademarks not owned by the Organization, or content that is infringing, harmful, or inappropriate.

Identity Assurance Work Group (IAWG)

(2) PURPOSE: Please provide a clear statement of purpose and justification why the proposed WG is necessary.

The Identity Assurance Work Group (IAWG) within the Kantara Initiative fosters the adoption of trusted online identity services aligned to levels of assurance (LOA) ranging from low to very high.

To advance this goal, the IAWG will provide a forum for evolving the Identity Assurance Framework (IAF) and furthering market adoption of federated identity services at a global scale by working with the Board of Trustees to establish the necessary support programs for accrediting and certifying various roles in the ecosystem, such as Credential Service Providers and Federation Operators.

The framework and processes will be defined in a way that scales, enables business processes and benefits individual users of services provided at specific identity LOA. The final deliverables will be a suite of harmonized, best-of-breed industry standards for the assessment of identity services, and support for inter-party trust and inter-federation, as well as policies, operating rules, guidelines and recommended practices to foster adoption of identity assurance-based solutions.

(3) SCOPE: Explain the scope and definition of the planned work.

The IAWG's goal is to provide public and private sector organizations with well-defined means of relying on identity credentials and assertions issued by a variety of identity service providers for both authentication and authorization, in order to advance trusted identity federation and thereby facilitate broad user acceptance. In line with this goal, here is IAWG