[KI-LC] Context For LC - Fwd: Call for proposals: organizational reform of the Kantara governance, bylaws, operating procedures and structures

Joni Brennan joni at ieee-isto.org
Mon Jul 9 14:21:45 EDT 2012

Hello - I would like to give LC some additional context regarding the
request for proposals which was recently sent to the community list...

This effort had it's genesis in the Munich F2F meeting.  Discussions
occurred regarding the 'state' of Kantara which considered the assumptions
made for the the organization and for the market when Kantara was formed in
2009.  It was noted that Kantara was at a 3 year anniversary and
suggestions were made that it would be a healthy exercise for the
organization to review how the operations have worked compared to how they
were envisioned at launch.

The Board of Trustees then took this discussion further and affirmed that,
as transparency is a core value of Kantara,  the organization should
actively seek input open input regarding the operations and governance of
Kantara as a due diligence effort.  The idea was that Kantara would ask for
input from communities and then the Board of Trutees would consume that
input and develop possible suggestions for change in Kantara, as
appropriate and based on the feedback received.

Thus if you saw this message and were not sure of the context, I hope the
explanation provides further details to make clear the drivers and
intention behind the request.  I would be happy to further discuss on the
next LC call should the LC seek further details.

Finally, it's an open call for feedback so if you or your organization
would like to provide input this is one opportunity to do so - for the
potential better of Kantara.

Thanks for your time and please don't hesitate to ask me if you have any

Best Regards,


Joni Brennan
Kantara Initiative | Executive Director
voice:+1 732-226-4223
email: joni @ ieee-isto.org

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Joni Brennan <joni at ieee-isto.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM
Subject: Call for proposals: organizational reform of the Kantara
governance, bylaws, operating procedures and structures
To: community <community at kantarainitiative.org>

Dear Community,

Kantara Initiative is opening a call for proposals regarding organizational
reform of the Kantara governance, bylaws, operating procedures and
structures.  This call is open to *all organizations and individuals* who
wish to submit a proposal.  Responses received will be published publicly
ONLY where the submitter has provided permission to do so.

Kantara Initiative is an organization comprised of Identity Providers,
Assessor Organizations, Government Agencies, Service Providers, Research
and Educational Organizations, and User Groups which develop and interface
with Federated Identity Management Systems.

Kantara Initiative recognizes the growing importance of the development,
marketplace and adoption of Trusted Identity Systems as a critical piece of
Internet Identity Trust layer infrastructure. The goal of the reform will
be to evolve Kantara Initiative into a more mature and capable,
multi-stakeholder forum that can support and promote the growth of verified
Trusted Identity Ecosystems for the broader public good.

Key topics for inclusion in responses are:
* Proposed changes to Governance via the Bylaws [1];
* Proposed changes to Governance via the Operating Procedures [2];
* Proposed refinements to the mission and vision regarding verification of
Trusted Federation Identity Systems [3];
* Opportunities for wider membership and collaboration.
**Note: Please make sure to indicate permission to share the contents of
your submissions.

Kantara Initiative is soliciting position papers and statements of interest
(limit 750 words) from organizations and individuals regarding these
topics. *We encourage stakeholders to submit their comments to [support at
kantarainitiative dot org] through August 6th or use our contact form [4]. *All
submissions will be posted publicly on the Kantara Initiative website (
www.kantaraintiative.org) with permission from submitters.  Kantara
Initiative Board of Trustees and Leadership Council will take all input
under advisement in developing a roadmap for organizational action.

We thank you in advance for your time and consideration regarding this

Joni Brennan
Kantara Initiative | Executive Director
voice:+1 732-226-4223
email: joni @ ieee-isto.org

[1] ByLaws:
[2] Operating Procedures:
[3] Mission: Foster identity community harmonization, interoperability,
innovation, and broad adoption through the development of open identity
specifications, operational frameworks, education programs, deployment and
usage best practices for privacy-respecting, secure access to online
[4] Contact form: http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/x/ZQAK
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