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It was great! But thank goodness it's over. That's how I would characterize June 2019. Overloaded with conferences as it was, I worked or traveled pretty much every day in June. OK, so I'm a year older every time June comes around, but it really does seem to get busier every year. I know that some of you reading this were there on this traveling circus too, so I know it was a widespread phenomenon in our industry. I can't tell how good it is to reach July (wink). I appreciate that it has not been the greatest starts to July in the US with floods around DC and earthquakes out west, but I love the UK in July - Wimbledon, Formula 1, the Cricket World Cup this year (if you know who is in the finals you might appreciate I'll be keeping close on that) - and if watching any of that becomes boring, watching politics play out sure won't be.     

The month started with liaison partner CARIN Alliance's Summit in DC.  Kantara members and supporters were out in force. Thank you LG Software,, Catherine Schultern, Noreen Whysel and Dr Tom for your support of 3 of us speaking formally and all of you speaking informally. We had Identity North in Toronto next where Leadership Council Chair Andrew Hughes represented Kantara, followed by the Think Digital Identity for Government conference in London where Kantara Board member ISOC's Robin Wilton spoke brilliantly on data ethics while Kantara member IDCrowd's David Black and I tag-teamed on Assurance. As we hit the second week of June, Identity Week UK saw presentations from Kantara members ID Crowd and Meeco as well as myself. I had to cut out away a day early to head to Brussels and put my Kantara Europe hat on for the Management meeting of the H2020 R&D NGI_Trust consortium, where (after any potential conflicts of interest were avoided) the 38 evaluations done by the Kantara Europe Directors in the previous weeks were stacked up and ranked alongside other 71 proposals evaluated by other consortium partners to draw the top 18 projects and discuss the way ahead for the next 2 calls. The level of innovation and sheer range of proposals was simply jaw-dropping.  Week 3  of June was birthday week - Kantara's 10th anniversary! - and as with all events in June, Kantara's sessions have been afforded extra time to run our video of achievements as it . It did that 'with bells on' at Whitehall Media's IDM UK conference and EEMA's annual conference the day after. Liaison partner EEMA were especially accommodating allowing us to interrupt proceedings for a cake cutting ceremony as Kantara treated all conference goers to really yummy cake, straight after Kantara's session featuring UMAnitarians Cigdem Sengul & Tim Reiniger and Kantara Consent Receipt's Mark Lizar. June finished with a great flourish in DC for Idenitiverse and Identiverse where Kantara members and new DC local staffer Chris Healy manned a display table in the community area of the Expo Hall while Kantara's Masterclass saw ForgeRock's Eve Maler, Catherine Schultern, Kantar Kantara-incubated ID Pro's Ian Glazer, MIT's Thomas Hardjono, Identos's Mike Cook, Consent and Information sharing work group's Andrew Hughes and myself walk walked the audience through the latest status of Kantara's work. All these folks spoke in other sessions and it was especially good to listen to Identos's Alec Law and Mike Cook relate their interoperability experiences with UMA in Canada, Eve and ForgeRock colleague Ashley on 'Real-World Identity Relationships Driving Data Decisioning' and ID Machines' Sal D'Agostino, Chair of Kantara's since archived Identity Relationship Management work group speak on 'The Relationship Lifecycle of Things'. Catherine and Eve teamed up the next day with liaison partner CARIN Alliance to lead 'A protected Digital Identity for the Healthcare sector'  with a play to UMA/HEART and Andrew Hughes drew the shortest of straws to be opening on Friday morning after the conference party to demonstrate Kantara Consent Receipts in action to a decent sized and engaged audience. If there are folks reading this that feel they aren't getting this level of the value from their Kantara membership they would ideally like, I suggest they reach out to the folks mentioned to learn how Kantara's work assists their industry profile. 


Exhausted but very very happy with the vibe and progress, we rest and recharge during July. That it's taken me 10 days to get this out bears testament to that. But to be fair on myself, Staff also use this time to review and refine the website and wiki, fine-tune our processes and plan the second half of the year and we are working through our list of 'to do's' that has built up over the last 6 months. Some changes are subtle but we hope you notice them in due course and feel that they serve you better. Just Contact us so we can make it anything better for you.   

A final reminder to take a look at our 10th Anniversary celebration video, Infographic and social Wall here, straight off the homepage of the website (and scroll down).    

This month we welcome new Individual Contributor members Christine Abruzzi and Martin Smith and welcome back corporate members GEANT, MEECO, United ID, USPS and Zentry. Please join me in honoring these members and we thank you one and all for your support of Kantara's ethics, ethos, its specifications, R&D Program and Trust Marked Assurance operations.