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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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As I type this on September 2nd - Labor Day in the US - I definitely sense the pace of activity picking up, not just in our digital identity and personal data industry, but across the spectrum of the public and private sectors, to say nothing of politics!  What an interesting next few months this will be (smile).

The exciting news that I was portending in last month's blog, was delayed by a few weeks, but rest assured it is coming, so please watch out for it on the website and on social media during this month.

As we gather our strength for the re-start of the conference circuit through till year's end, I do hope that you had a break over the northern hemisphere summer, got some skiing done in the south, and are poised for what is about to descend upon us. Take a look at the sheer spread of events that Kantara is speaking at on our Events page here - and while on the subject of events, Kantara has been offered complimentary passes to give to 5 lucky members for IDENTITY WEEK ASIA,  8-9th October 2019 at Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore. These passes are valued at $1000 so even if you are not yet a member, and reside nearby or are visiting during that period, join now and save!   

As reported last last month Kantara staff have updated the the website and wiki over the summer (I hope you do see those subtle changes!) while fielding increased expressions of interest for the assurance program in particular. 

With that in mind, we have restarted our monthly Member Spotlight series featuring members highly invested in Kantara, to give a sense of how their association with you all has been of mutual benefit. It's a pleasure to see ID.me leading us off. This and Member Spotlights from years gone by can be found in the Membership drop-down menu of the website.  

It's not only Staff that have been working hard. The Working Groups have been meeting largely as normal over the summer. UMA has continued to develop its business-legal framework (thank you Eve, Tim Reiniger and all active participants), Consent & Info Sharing is updating its charter ) planning new deliverables and working on others (thank you Jim, Iain, Lisa, John, Andrew, Mark, Mary and all active participants), while Identity Assurance and Healthcare Identity Assurance have both been contributing comments on draft documents from other industry and government bodies (thanks you Ken, Martin, Pete, Mark, Tom, Barry). To give you a sense of the depth and breadth of IAWG's contributions in particular, the 'Keeping up with Kantarians' email newsletter coming out mid-month in September will highlight this Group's selfless efforts 'to lift all boats' in helping other government and industry consortia efforts for their customers we collectively serve.  That is the essence of Kantara's mission and the ethics and ethos it steadfastly holds to.

As for the KIPI R&D program there is member news there too. Steve Wilson's Lockstep Technologies has completed its Mobile Device Attribute Verification (MDAV) project, now commercially launched as VALIDIDY - a highly innovative reprise of certificate based attribute exchange via smartphone - has a range of great use cases from First Responder to visiting in-home Healthcare workers. Be sure to check that website out and speak to Steve or Les.  Exponent is nearing completion of its NFC and BLE protocol based MOB4PACS project in effect turning the smartphone into a PIV card with fantastic high security and law enforcement potential. The breaking news there is the redirection of Exponent's final phase of work to support the release of the mDL standard ISO 18013-5 from the ISO/IEC JTC 001/SC 17/WG 10 working group.  Given the mass of activity surrounding mDL, your organization may well be interested in understanding Exponents efforts in advance of the market and if so (and you are a Kantara member in good standing) please get in touch so I can make introductions. 

A brief update also from the 2 other Kantara branded entities; The Board of the Educational Foundation is meeting regularly, currently comprising the founders ISOC and ForgeRock, joined by Sal D'Agostino representing the FIRE WG arising out of the transition of IDESG's assets to Kantara last year, and 2 independent Directors but nonetheless very familiar with the raison d'etre of the Foundation, Kay Chopard Cohen and Angela Rey. The Foundation's Mission is being fine-tuned along with other policy development, while all the time looking for grant funding to provide education and guidance into various projects. Kantara Europe continues to be tightly focused on the H2020 NGI_Trust project's 2nd Call for Proposals which opens October 1st, the NGI_Trust consortium being the primary source of its existing funding.       

This month we welcome back Individual Contributor member Ross Foard. Great to have you back with us in your individual capacity Ross..(wink)

Summer's nearly over. Let's get cracking!

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.  

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

Events: See them all here! 

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