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This is the running update from the Kantara Initiative, Inc's Executive Director. Have questions or comments? Suggest some added information or edits? Contact the ED


It began with Joni's shock resignation in December (we all miss her but she remains a steadfast supporter up there in the great Great White North) and the establishment of the Sub-committee of the Board of Trustees to see the organization through the 'interregnum'.

The Board was very busy tho' in other ways too, as it made three decisions in rapid succession. To convert to Self Incorporation; To transition to a new service management organization; To appoint a new ED.

This period is best Looking ahead in December, this period was to be described by President Allan Foster; 'like ripping a plaster off a hairy fore-arm - it will be painful, but the pain will be short-lived'.  Actually 

Actually, it's been longer than short-lived as we have wrestled with the transition throughout March, but the light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter and larger by the day... (smile).

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and assistance - Members, Officers and Staff. I want to pay a special tribute to Ruth and Oliver, who have shouldered much of the work, often in the background and unseen by many. 

For consistency's sake, I'll continue with the existing template to report out activities.




  • ISO/ITU-T:  Next activities on the way in preparation of Liaison Statements.
  • EHNAC / DirectTrust: MoUs signed and PR has been published.  The next actions will take place under the HIAWG TigerTeam.  If you'd like to get involved join HIAWG.
  • IDESG: MoU signed making Kantara the first formal liaison of IDESG.  We look forward to collaboratingNISO SC27's meeting starts next week in Tampa FL, and we are fortunate to expect a number of Kantara members to attend to support and speak to our Liaison Statement to Working Group 5, Identity Management and Privacy 
  • Two further liaisons are in progress. More on those in coming months.

New Activities:

New Members: