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Hello everyone

This is the running update from the Executive Director. Have questions or comments? Suggest some added information or edits? Contact ED colin at kantarainitiative dot org.

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Hello everyone

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 last Director's Corner that you might see 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, the Leadership Council discussing the composition of the Work Groups and their deliverables, and the resulting pro-forma budgets to locate the 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 with Mark Lizar from Open Consent Group presenting "Operationalizing privacy, with security & surveillance" followed by Oscar Santolalla from Ubisecure demonstrating the Kantara Consent Receipt in action, and to wrap it up, I presented another rendition of 'The rhythm of Kantara'.  We had a pretty full room and an engaged audience asking questions and expanding discussion over our time allocation. https://twitter.com/osantolalla did some great follow ups.    

Kantara staff worked quickly to launch the Discussion Group that calls for Use Cases from industry for ID Proofing and Verification, to be contributed to ISO SC27 Working Group 5 Identity Management and Privacy.   This work 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 contribute more generally to Identity Management and Privacy standardization in SC27 WG5 and to read the outcomes of the OECD meetings please join Kantara's Board sub-committee

The month finished with the London conference Think.Digital Identity - an event primarily targeted at the public sector that offered 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 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 and a clutch of renewing members in the Trust Framework Operations & Assurance Program. ID.me 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 also renewed its membership and Trust Mark for its service, as did USPS. Thank you USPS and Zentry!  Finally Kantara Accredited Assessor, KUMA.pro renewed for a further 12 months. Thank you KUMA!  

I won't have many more opportunities 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 in 2019.

Kind Regards,

Colin

Around the Houses:

Marketing:

Program, Work Group and Discussion Group Updates:

  • You can always keep up with the latest news from the Work and Discussion Groups directly on the Leadership Council's Blog. See the list of public groups here.

  • As always, our Specifications, Recommendations and Reports are available for download from our Reports and Recommendations web repository - now with frictionless access.  

Events: See them all here! 

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