[KI-LC] DRAFT v2 for All-Member Memo wrt NSTIC

Heather Flanagan heather at kantarainitiative.org
Wed Jul 25 10:53:36 EDT 2012


Next draft, incorporating comments received so far.

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To the Kantara Initiative Members -

The purpose of this message is to make you aware of an all-member 
ballot early next month as to how Kantara should position itself 
with respect to participation the US government's NSTIC initiative, 
and provide you with some context for your ballot decision.

As many of you are aware, the U.S. NSTIC program is quickly moving 
ahead with the establishment of its Secretariat, Steering Group, and 
the initial By-Laws (see http://www.nist.gov/nstic).  Last week, the
Kantara Initiative Board of Trustees met and decided that, in order 
to avoid any potential conflict of interest as an identity assurance 
approver in Trust Frameworks and a protocol interop accreditor, 
Kantara would not seek a Delegate role in the NSTIC Steering Group.  
There are, however, other ways that Kantara may choose to participate 
in the NSTIC effort.

* Kantara may participate as an Observing Member, where input may be
offered as an interested party but with no vote;
* Kantara may participate as a Participating Member, where input will 
be offered and Kantara will have a single vote at the table.

In either of the above two cases, Joni Brennan as Executive Director of 
the Kantara Initiative would be the representative for Kantara.  Other 
individuals who participate in Kantara activities such as work groups 
and discussion groups, and who wish to participate in NSTIC but who do 
not wish to participate as individual NSTIC members or through their own 
organizations, may choose to participate as Kantara "Member Associates", 
provided they are listed in the KI NSTIC Membership Agreement.  While
they may support Kantara positions, they will not be able to vote on 
behalf of the Kantara Initiative.

On July 30, the NSTIC Program Office will be holding another webinar in
preparation for a face-to-face meeting hosted by the Secretariat on
August 15-16 in Chicago.  So the context above is based on what the 
Leadership Council believes will be reflected in the consensus on 
the By-Laws.

After the July 30 call, the Leadership Council will send out
an all-member ballot to determine what role, if any, Kantara
should play in NSTIC.  Three choices will likely be presented: no 
participation, participate as an Observing Member, or participate as a
Participating Member.  Kantara's potential role in NSTIC will not 
negate the ability for Kantara members to serve active roles in NSTIC 
work groups and standing committees: as a NSTIC individual member; a 
representative of a third-party NSTIC member organization; or as an 
agreed-upon representative of Kantara's NSTIC membership.

-- 
Heather Flanagan
Kantara Initiative
Skype: hlflanagan
email: heather at kantarainitiative.org

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