OIDF Board Election Announcement


This is to announce the third election of OpenID Foundation community board members. The Foundation plays an important role in the evolution of Internet identity technologies. Its focus has been driving OpenID adoption through improvements in UX, data management, and helping relying parties and identity providers expand into new application areas.  The 2011 Board will take up the discussions now underway about how to update the mission and better engage emerging open standard technologies and initiatives. The election comes at a time when the market is looking for better deployability, usability, security, multi-channel support, and guidance on data and privacy management.  Those elected will help determine what role the OIDF should play in helping facilitate faster and broader adoption of open standard identity systems.

Last year three community board members were elected to 2-year terms and so are not standing for election: Brian Kissel, Marc Frons, and Allen Tom.  Other current community board members may seek re-election. They are Nat Sakimura, Chris Messina, David Recordon, Joseph Smarr, Daniel Jacobson, John Bradley, Robert Harles and Dick Hardt. This is a good time to thank the current board members for their time, attention and leadership over the last year.  For the purposes of the 2011 election, there will likely be 7 confirmed sustaining members: Google, Microsoft, PayPal, Ping Identity, Symantec, Yahoo!, and Facebook (other member companies are considering their status).   Thus, we will likely be electing five community members to the Board of Directors (the final determination of the number of sustaining directors and community directors to be slated will be made at the time the voting is opened). The four candidates receiving the most votes will be elected to 2-year terms.  One will be elected to a 1-year term.  In order to be eligible for election, your candidacy must have been seconded by at least three other members.

All members of the OpenID Foundation are eligible to nominate themselves, second the nominations of others who self-nominated, and vote for candidates.  If you’re not already a member of the OpenID Foundation, we encourage you to join now at https://openid.net/foundation/members/registration. Voting and nominations are conducted using the OpenID you registered when you joined the Foundation.  Log in at https://openid.net/foundation/members/ with your OpenID to participate in the nomination and voting. If you are already a member, you will receive an email from director@oidf.org advising you the election is open and how to participate. Please refer to the election FAQ for additional information.  If you experience problems participating in the election or joining the foundation, please send an email to help@oidf.org.  The election will be conducted on the following schedule:

  • Nominations open:  Monday, November 15
  • Nominations close:  Monday, November 29
  • Election begins:  Wednesday, December 1
  • Election ends: Wednesday, December 15
  • Results announced by: Wednesday, December 22
  • New board terms start: Saturday, January 1

Times for all dates are Noon, U.S. Pacific Time.

Board participation requires a substantial ongoing investment of time and energy.  It is a volunteer effort that should not be undertaken lightly. Should you be elected, expect to be called upon to serve both on the board and on its committees where the work of the foundation is conducted.  If you’re committed to OpenID and advancing digital identity and are a person who works well with others, we encourage your candidacy.  The OIDF’s Executive Committee has suggested a few questions candidates may want to publically address in their candidate statements:

  1. What is your view of the mission of the OpenID Foundation?
  2. What are the key opportunities you see for the OpenID Foundation in 2011?
  3. How will you demonstrate your commitment to the work of the foundation in terms of resources, focus and leadership?
  4. What would you like to see accomplished over the next year, and how do you personally plan to make these things happen?
  5. What resources can you bring to the foundation to help the foundation attain its goals?
  6. What current or past experiences, skills, or interests will inform your contributions and views?

Candidates can address these questions in their election statements on various community mailing lists and at http://openid.net – especially openid-general@lists.openid.net, and via blog@oidf.org. Please forward questions, comments and suggestions to me.

Don Thibeau
Executive Director
The OpenID Foundation

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