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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 Colin at kantarainitiative dot org.

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Writing this having just heard that February has been the wettest on record in the UK, the global impact of extremes continues, be it concerning weather or virus pandemics. 


We saw that Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was cancelled and Kantara's UK Ambassador Andi attending RSA in San Francisco last week wearing another of his various hats, reported the exhibition floor much quieter than in recent years.  Connect:ID in Washington DC March 11-12 is up next in the US and I hope that it will not be unduly affected - both for myself and the many Kantara members participating. I will be supporting the conference organizers by moderating the Wednesday morning Identity track presentations and panel through till lunchtime.  If you are attending, please do use Kantara's booth #210 as a base and convening point.  Not in DC for Connect:ID because you're in Europe? Not to worry. Kantara's Director of Assurance Operations is Conference Chair for Whitehall Media's IDM Europe one day conference at the Steigenberger Airport hotel in Frankfurt, so please make your way there and participate.  While on the subject of Conferences, the members email last week giving away one pass each to Connect:ID and KNOW Identity on a first come first served basis went to Kantara member Easy Dynamics Corporation's Sarah Chu and JJ Harkema.  

Kantara's February started with its normal cadence, with the eGov Working Group call which is the first Monday of the month. It's a small and intimate selection of regulars from Europe and North America which makes for great discussion as topics of culture and approach, news and updates are explored.  

The following week saw me in London attending an OIX UK event on Tuesday, spend time with new member Folio Technologies on Wednesday exploring how Kantara's networks could support Folio in their goals just as it supports Kantara with membership, and participating in the Think Digital Identity conference on Thursday. It was a great privilege to riff with Kantara member Meeco's Katryna Dow on the International Identity panel where we speculated how the UK would position itself post-Brexit, being geographically close to Europe but its longstanding cultural ties to west and much further away. This topic continued to be discussed many days after the event and is likely to attract plenty more discussion in the coming months.      

The third week of February saw Assurance Operations Director Ruth and I in Vienna speaking at the TIIME Workshop, the European equivalent of the legendary Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) held twice yearly in Mountain View California where we support eGov WG Chair Rainer Horbe and his wife Andrea who are such gracious event hosts. This is the one convening point for Higher Education and industry, coming from all over the world as they do. The conference dinner in the Natural History museum, one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture I have ever seen, is always a highlight. 

The final week of February saw me catching up on Kantara's other activities. Top of that list is the development of the Service Assessment Criteria for NIST 800-63-3C (Federation Assurance Levels) being undertaken in the Identity Assurance work group, the editing resource generously sponsored by Kantara member ID.me. It is members like ID.me that support the organization with membership as well as sponsorship of vital work, make Kantara the community that it is, Thank you ID.me! Close behind comes the great efforts of the Healthcare Identity Assurance work group's near final draft Report entitled 'Design goals for a Healthcare identity environment architecture'. Consent Receipt topped the February downloads again with 125 downloads, followed by the UMA specifications and the  UMA Business Model.

I emailed selected members that I thought might be interested in opening a WG on mDL (Mobile Drivers Licence) - not so much for its driving relationships but for its use as a mobile identification tool. We have been assisting the Secure Technology Alliance (STA) with the development of a white paper which will be released later this month, and given Kantara's reputation in credibility in operating Trust Frameworks, the emerging idea is that the time is right to begin drawing on this largely blank canvas that is the mDL ecosystem today. If you are reading this, and have interest to sponsor projects in a possible mDL work group please Contact Us

Onwards!

Kind regards

Colin

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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, Andi and myself are only too willing to assist.  Contact them here.

Events: See them all here! 

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