[KI-LC] DRAFT v2 for All-Member Memo wrt NSTIC

Heather Flanagan heather at kantarainitiative.org
Thu Jul 26 12:28:08 EDT 2012

One in favor, none registering opposition to the text below...  Any last
words before I send this out to all-members?


On 7/25/12 7:53 AM, Heather Flanagan wrote:
> Next draft, incorporating comments received so far.
> -----
> To the Kantara Initiative Members -
> The purpose of this message is to make you aware of an all-member 
> ballot early next month as to how Kantara should position itself 
> with respect to participation the US government's NSTIC initiative, 
> and provide you with some context for your ballot decision.
> As many of you are aware, the U.S. NSTIC program is quickly moving 
> ahead with the establishment of its Secretariat, Steering Group, and 
> the initial By-Laws (see http://www.nist.gov/nstic).  Last week, the
> Kantara Initiative Board of Trustees met and decided that, in order 
> to avoid any potential conflict of interest as an identity assurance 
> approver in Trust Frameworks and a protocol interop accreditor, 
> Kantara would not seek a Delegate role in the NSTIC Steering Group.  
> There are, however, other ways that Kantara may choose to participate 
> in the NSTIC effort.
> * Kantara may participate as an Observing Member, where input may be
> offered as an interested party but with no vote;
> * Kantara may participate as a Participating Member, where input will 
> be offered and Kantara will have a single vote at the table.
> In either of the above two cases, Joni Brennan as Executive Director of 
> the Kantara Initiative would be the representative for Kantara.  Other 
> individuals who participate in Kantara activities such as work groups 
> and discussion groups, and who wish to participate in NSTIC but who do 
> not wish to participate as individual NSTIC members or through their own 
> organizations, may choose to participate as Kantara "Member Associates", 
> provided they are listed in the KI NSTIC Membership Agreement.  While
> they may support Kantara positions, they will not be able to vote on 
> behalf of the Kantara Initiative.
> On July 30, the NSTIC Program Office will be holding another webinar in
> preparation for a face-to-face meeting hosted by the Secretariat on
> August 15-16 in Chicago.  So the context above is based on what the 
> Leadership Council believes will be reflected in the consensus on 
> the By-Laws.
> After the July 30 call, the Leadership Council will send out
> an all-member ballot to determine what role, if any, Kantara
> should play in NSTIC.  Three choices will likely be presented: no 
> participation, participate as an Observing Member, or participate as a
> Participating Member.  Kantara's potential role in NSTIC will not 
> negate the ability for Kantara members to serve active roles in NSTIC 
> work groups and standing committees: as a NSTIC individual member; a 
> representative of a third-party NSTIC member organization; or as an 
> agreed-upon representative of Kantara's NSTIC membership.
> -- 
> Heather Flanagan
> Kantara Initiative
> Skype: hlflanagan
> email: heather at kantarainitiative.org

Heather Flanagan
Kantara Initiative
Skype: hlflanagan
email: heather at kantarainitiative.org

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