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Leadership Council Homepage

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

  • Approve of Work Group Charters;
  • Oversee of 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 of annual and supplemental LC budget requests to the BoD;
  • Elect up to two representatives to Board of Directors;
  • Develop & maintain of 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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Teleconference Info


Room Code:

  •  385-8789

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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

  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 14

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


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Group Status Stack

Create a new entry by clicking 'Create' at the top of this page; Choose 'Blog Post' to get an editing screen; the New Blog Post name should use a pattern like "Foo WG Update"; Put the update text in the body using simple formatting; click 'Save' to post it.

IAWG Update
  • Comments being developed on Draft NISTR 8149 (Developing Trust Frameworks to Support Identity Federations).
  • Discussing impact of NIST 800-63-3 on the Kantara IAF. This will likely result in a request for funding to the Board of Directors.
  • Comments being developed on the Mapping of IDESG Requirements to the Kantara Service Assessment Criteria.
  • Contract to revise the descriptive text prefacing the Service Assessment Criteria of the Kantara Identity Assurance Framework is progressing.
IRM WG Update

No Workgroup meetings have been held pending completion of a final draft for review on "Refining the Design Principles of Identity Relationship Management".  

The final draft is expected in the next week with the review of the document, approval of the work product by the WG and submission to the LC for recommendation as a Kantara report commencing on our next regularly scheduled meeting 29 November 2016.

The current posted draft (which is under edit primarily by WG Editor Ian Glazer and with minor addition by WG Chair Sal D'Agostino) is here for download.  

Comments can be put to the WG email list.



ID Pro DG update
  • Several weekly meetings have been held to review and discuss the Mission, Vision, Principles of the ID Pro association
  • Elections for leadership roles have concluded. Congratulations:
  • Project teams are being assembled now to discuss:
    • Membership models (including fee structures)
    • Governance and organization structure (including how are members represented in organizational leadership)
    • Services (prioritizing which member services the organization rolls out first with an eye on a minimally viable organization in March 2017)
    • Codes of Conduct/Practice (for both members, the online forum, and the larger Code of Practice)
    • Taxonomy of the Body of Knowledge (beginning the work to name the buckets into which we will pour content)
  • Overall, the near-term objective is to make an announcement of ID Pro at RSA in February 2017, followed by a launch a couple months later.
CIS WG update

Both the Consent Receipt and User Managed Terms projects had abbreviated meeting schedules in October because of travel and IIW. The consent receipt specification is scheduled to be voted on by the WG in November. The User Managed Terms had a brainstorming session on terms and scope while the group is considering the next steps to push the standard forward.

We only had two meetings this month due to travel schedules. Mike published some new overview slides, which can be found at:

Fundamentally, OTTO addresses two federation challenges:

1. Scalable trust management (distributing public keys with increased trust v. TLS)

2. Discovery (how can applications automate retreival of information about federation entities)

The thesis of OTTO is that linked data (JSON-LD), provides a compelling solution for the distribution of keys that is more scalable then the current approach to interfederation, which requires a lot of copying.

After posting my slides on the refeds mailing list, Leif Johannson had some doubts about our approach, or perhaps has a better idea of how to solve the challenge. We're hoping to get that feedback on a call Thursday, 11/10. This is good news because the refeds community is one of the most influential users of multi-party federation. If we're missing something, they can help us understand what it is.

The main goal facing us is how to define the JSON-LD schema for core OTTO objects for key and discovery information. That will be the focus through year end. 

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