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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.


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 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, politics 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 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 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 did with 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 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 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 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 value from their Kantara membership, I suggest they reach out to the folks mentioned to learn how Kantara work assists their industry profile. 

And that was June.... 

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 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 (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.   

On the community side of the house:

  • the Consent & Information Sharing WG (CISWG) continues its call for contributions (see it from the wiki landing page here) for the next build of the specification, and see the existing known implementations here
  • the UMA WG  continue its call for contributions of UMA profiles and extensions while also fine-tuning the business - legal framework model.  
  • hot on the heels of the US federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) policy on identity credential and access management the GAO just published GAO-19-288 'Federal Agencies need to strengthen online identity verification processes' a need that Kantara can fulfil via its Trust Framework Operations program and its NIST 800-63-3 Rev 3 Class of Approval. Its steward ,the Identity Assurance Working Group (IAWG) is putting the final touches to its report to NIST regarding its learnings from assessments where guidance and clarification would be helpful. The refreshed Overview and Glossary for the Identity Assurance Framework (IAF) is out for public review and comment and welcomes your contribution.  

Summer's here. Enjoy and relax!

Kind Regards,


Around the Houses:


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.  

  • Not sure where to find things? Bella, Ruth, Armin, Oliver, Chris and myself are only too willing to assist.  Contact them via email.

Events: See them all here! 

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