1) Discuss whether CIWG should remain a Work Group, or should transition to a Discussion Group, or should disband.
Four out of seven voting participants attended the call; quorum was reached.
Due to low levels of participation in the WG, we discussed whether it made sense for CIWG to continue as a WG, or whether CIWG should transition to a DG, or should disband.
We acknowledged that remaining as a WG would make the most sense if a work program for the WG could be defined that would either: (a) attract sufficient volunteer participation to accomplish the program; (b) attract sufficient funding (either internal to KI, or external) to accomplish the program through paid contractors, or (c) some combination of paid and volunteer labor.
We acknowledged that, given past experience and the low response by WG participants to this call, it was unlikely that such a work program would be defined in the immediate future.
There was some interested expressed in the idea that CIWG should take on more of a consumer advocacy role, and that perhaps CIWG should provide comments to the US government regarding SP 800-83-1 (Draft 3), "Electronic Authentication Guideline." However, it was not clear that part of the Kantara mission is to act as an advocacy group, and even so, there still remains the issue of resources to accomplish these goals.
The consensus of participants on the call was that CIWG should take a "wait and see" approach before deciding whether to become a DG, or to disband. This approach was favored because initiatives that could impact consumer identity are beginning to gain traction, and it's possible that the interest level in a consumer-oriented WG within Kantara might increase over time. Such initiatives include the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), as well as the push to create electronic health records.
As a result, no action will be taken at this time to convert to a DG, or to disband. Instead, we will monitor activities that could have a bearing on consumer identity issues, and call a meeting of CIWG at least once per quarter to gauge ongoing interest.
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