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I do hope our North American members and participants had an enjoyable and peaceful Thanksgiving.

We are into the final stretch! It's hard to believe we are at the year's end and this will be my the last Director's Corner that you might see from me before the New Year - . I guess it depends on how diligent I am on December 31st...(wink)

November brought Kantara's official speaking engagements to a close for the year, tho' we are aware that our members continue to sponsor events right through to the end of the year.

Kantara is deep into 2019 planning mode with discussions underway with conference organizers , and the Leadership Council discussing the composition of the Work Groups and their deliverables , and including the resulting pro-forma budgets to locate the %%KD: should this be “cover”%% any resource gaps.  

As reported last time, Kantara started the month in Brussels with the ISSE conference in concert with our key European Liaison EEMA. We hosted the Kantara hour starting that started with Mark Lizar from (Open Consent Group presenting ) who presented "Operationalizing privacy, with security & surveillance". He was followed by Oscar Santolalla from (Ubisecure demonstrating ) who demonstrated the Kantara Consent Receipt in action, and to . To wrap it up, I presented another rendition of 'The rhythm of Kantara'.  We had a pretty full room and an a very engaged audience asking who, through their questions and expanding discussion discussions, caused us to run over our time allocation. did some great follow ups.    

Kantara staff worked quickly to launch the ID Proofing and Verification Discussion Group that calls for . This Group will collect Identity Proofing and Verification Use Cases from industry for ID Proofing and Verification, to that will be contributed to ISO SC27 Working Group 5 Identity Management and Privacy.    This work This Group has received fantastic interest, despite it's promotion only being days old. Thank you vendors and experts for expressing your intention to participate. 

While on the topic of liaisons and Kantara's involvement with international committees, the twice yearly OECD meetings in our domain met in Paris where Kantara's engagement is via ITAC. I was unable to attend in person but was able to follow proceedings remotely the following week. These meetings cover the future policy formation for Government in the domains of digital identity, privacy, AI, IoT and more generally the direction of the digital economy.  Kantara members in good standing can read the outcomes of the OECD meetings or contribute more generally to Identity Management and Privacy standardization in SC27 WG5 and to read the outcomes of the OECD meetings please if they join Kantara's Board sub-committee

The month finished with the London conference the Think.Digital Identity - an event  conference in London. While this event is primarily targeted at the public sector that offered , it offers interesting insights into the current state of digital identity in the UK. Kantara was a media partner for the event and Kantara members ForgeRock and Ubisecure supported the conference with sponsorship. Both members enjoyed podium time on panels as did Kantara.  The highlight of this conference for me was seeing around 70% of the audience raise their hands in response to my question "Who has heard of Kantara?" It was a tribute to UK members, participants and Marketing's efforts on social media that Kantara's different ethos, open community and artefacts were so well known in this challenging market.        

The All Member Ballot for the revised Operating Procedures past passed a few days before the close, which is great to see. Thank you again for your support of Kantara, even in these less stimulating administrative areas.  

It is with great pleasure that we welcome new individual member Silvia Knittl from Europe.

We also announce and thank a clutch of renewing members in from the Trust Framework Operations & Assurance Program including:

  •, Kantara's first service provider carrying the Kantara NIST 800-63-3 conformity assessment Trust Mark at IAL2 and AAL2, while still also retaining its NIST 800-63-2 Mark


  • Verizon Synchronoss partner Zentry


  • including renewal of the Trust Mark for its service




Finally, Kantara Accredited Assessor ,, renewed for a further 12 months. Thank you  Thank you KUMA!  

I won't have many more opportunities this year to say a great big THANK YOU ! for your support this past year and, on behalf of the incredibly dedicated Kantara staff team, we look forward to serving your interests again in 2019.

Kind Regards,