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October was pretty full-on for Kantara. The month began with the ISO SC27 meetings in Gjovik Norway, where Leadership Council Chair Andrew Hughes represented us as I had some our liaison officer.  Andrew is rapporteur for a study period on identity proofing best practice and given the concentration of expertise on this topic in Kantara we expect to soon socialize the call for contributions within this community. If Kantara members in good standing want to contribute to Identity Management and Privacy standardization in SC27 WG5 please join Kantara's Board sub-committee. That same week I had two long-standing committed meetings in London whose outcomes I hope to share in due course.

Along with a large group of Kantarians, I participated in the Internet Identity Workshop in Mountain View. Great sessions on UMA from Oath’s George Fletcher and HIE of One’s Adrian Gropper, on Consent Receipt from ITIM’s Andrew Hughes and related activities and ideas from ID Machines’ Sal D’Agostino and Tom Jones, with support from Mary Hodder,’s Jim Pasquale, Jim Fournier and Steve Hutchinson. Interest in doing work in Kantara came from a range of organizations, leveraging work groups and the Assurance Program, so stand by for news of those at the end of the year. We finished off the week with the North American members plenary where members and guests discussed some of the ideas socialized to Kantara at IIW in more detail.

Next up was the Consumer Identity World in Amsterdam last week where it was the turn of our European based members and non-member participants to rally around the Rhythm of Kantara session last Wednesday. I presented an overview, followed by Ubisecure’s Keith Uber demonstrating the Consent Receipt’s interoperability functions, and a panel featuring Wedacon’s Thorsten Neibhur, WS02’s Sangara Gunathunga, Keith Uber, Meeco’s Katryna Dow and Nixu’s Ville Niemi supported by David Reede and others in the audience. These folks are developing, implementing or promoting Kantara's specifications and industry best practice.  

Next week, it’s Brussels and the ISSE conference in concert with our key European Liaison EEMA, where we host the Kantara hour starting with an overview of Kantara, followed by Oscar Santolalla from Ubisecure demonstrating the Kantara Consent Receipt in action, and Mark Lizar from Open Consent Group presenting "Operationalising privacy, with security & surveillance". I’ll report that out in our Keeping up with the Kantarians newsletter mid-month. 


It is with great pleasure that we welcome AirsideMobile to the membership of Kantara. Peter Davis has wasted no time in getting engaged in consent receipt work in the CISWG and continues his participation in UMA. Thank you Peter, thank you Airside Mobile! Thanks also to ID Machines (Sal D’Agostino) and Netherlands based Qroot consulting (Gershon Janssen) for their renewals.


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