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The roles and responsibilities of the Leadership Council (as defined in the Kantara Initiative Bylaws) include:

  • Approve of Work Group Charters;
  • Oversee operations and expenditures of all Groups;
  • Disband Groups;
  • Approve of Work Group output for All Member Ballot
    (Approval and publication procedures are summarized here);
  • Prepare annual and supplemental LC budget requests to the BoD;
  • Elect up to two representatives to Board of Directors;
  • Develop & maintain the Operating Procedures, subject to BoD approval.
  • Oversee liaison activities  of the WGs and DGs. 

Current Meetings



  • Chair: Andrew Hughes, Independent Consultant
  • Vice-Chair:  Mark Lizar, Smart Species
  • Secretary: Sal D'Agostino, IDmachines

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  •  385-8789

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

NEW: Calls are now held the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Upcoming meetings:

  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17

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Time: 13:00 PT | 16:00 ET | 20:00 UTC (time chart)


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The working group completed the final draft and review of the Refining Design Principles report.  The report was sent to the mailing list and some minor comments have been received and will be put to a vote to accept the report and move the document to the Leadership Council.  The report includes a recommendation to take on a cross Kantara effort, possibly hosted by the working group, to pursue a non-text based description of identity relationships.

BSC DG Update
  • The DG's Report is our entire focus now. The Technologies and Techniques section is about 60% complete. The Use Cases section is only about 10% complete; a variety of content living elsewhere still needs to be imported, which would bring it up to 75% complete. The Observations and Recommendations section has no proper content yet, but we have begun to collect fodder for it in the other sections through our analysis work.
  • The group is now just about seven months into its six-month lifespan. (smile)  A realistic assessment based on the above numbers suggests that the group is two months from completion.
UMA WG Update
  • The WG has been sorting through a thorny design issue having to do with "set math" (how access is requested and granted according to specific resource scopes, now that clients can directly request scopes the way they can in other OAuth grants), and to get this right, we've extended our timeline a bit. We plan to publish "last call" WG drafts around the end of February and drafts for public comment and IPR review closer to the end of March. The 2.0 Core draft spec is currently at rev 14 and the 2.0 Resource Reg draft spec is currently at rev 05.
  • The Legal subgroup is anticipating a first interim deliverable for review from legal expert Tim Reiniger at the end of this month.
  • Chair Eve Maler has been working with Kantara marketing staff on some material related to privacy themes and GDPR.
IAWG Update
  1. Finalizing comments on NISTR 8149 (Developing Trust Frameworks to Support Identity Federations)
  2. Finalizing comments on the Mapping of IDESG Requirements to the Kantara Initiative IAF
  3. Beginning discussions to develop comments on Draft NIST SP 800-63-3
  4. Determining the impact of 800-63-3 on the Kantara IAF
  5. Holding Leadership Elections and reviewing the IAWG Charter
BSC DG Update
  • The DG is hard at work on the GDoc version of its report. We've moved over the old Confluence content (and marked that page as obsolete), written sections for and begun incorporating questionnaire responses from inventors and proponents of several Technologies and Techniques and Use Cases, and ensured our chosen use cases are representative of our area of inquiry.
  • Each section has a pattern of factually based characterization, followed by group analysis. The group is using its meeting time to review the sections, perform the analyses, and feed back questions to our contacts where applicable.
  • The Observations and Recommendations in the report will be the key. We have begun forming a few of these.

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