Kantara Initiative Establishes New Status as Autonomous Corporation


WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – April 5, 2016 — Kantara Initiative, which provides strategic vision and real-world innovation elements for the digital identity transformation, today announced that it has changed its entity type by filing Articles of Conversion. As of January 2016, Kantara Initiative is now an autonomous entity, Kantara Initiative, Inc., a Delaware corporation. IRS non-profit 501(c)(6) recognition is being pursued. The organization, founded in 2009, was formerly a program of IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO).

Kantara Initiative leadership decided to take this step to become an independent corporation because of the size and activity levels the organization has reached, the industry recognition it has attained, and its need to have more operational flexibility. Its programs and activities will continue to operate as before, under the new framework.

“Our mission is unchanged — to take the lead in creating the strategic vision and real-world innovation for the digital identity transformation currently underway across the globe. This transformation is being driven by the intersection of identity, the Internet of Things, and usability. The results of this intersection are more innovations, improved privacy, and better security for online transactions for companies and governments,” said Allan Foster, President, Board of Directors, Kantara Initiative, Inc. “This new autonomy signifies that our organization has achieved the strength, resources, and momentum to stand on its own, and we will continue to grow and evolve.”

As a result of the new status, the Board of Trustees is now known as the Board of Directors. Updated corporate bylaws are now posted on the Kantara Initiative website. Additionally, the organization is now supported by Virtual, Inc., an association management company with a technology focus, whose clients include a number of organizations in related areas.

About Kantara Initiative
Kantara Initiative provides strategic vision and real world innovation elements for the digital identity transformation. Developing initiatives including Identity Relationship Management, User Managed Access (EIC Award Winner for Innovation in Information Security 2014), Identities of Things, and Minimum Viable Consent Receipt, Kantara Initiative connects a global, open, and transparent leadership community, including CA Technologies, Experian, ForgeRock, IEEE-SA, Internet Society, Nomura Research Institute, Radiant Logic and SecureKey. More information is available at https://kantarainitiative.org/.

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