2015 Election for the OpenID Foundation Individual Board Representatives

The OpenID Foundation plays an important role in the evolution of Internet identity technologies. The OpenID Foundation Individual community board member election 2015 is now underway. Those elected will help determine the role OIDF will play in facilitating faster and broader adoption of open identity standards and profiles such as OpenID Connect, Account Chooser, the Mobile Profile for OpenID Connect, Native Applications, and Health Relationship Trust (HEART). Per the bylaws approved by the OpenID Foundation (OIDF) board on May 8, 2013, Individual community Members will elect three (3) board member to represent them.

Currently, we have four Individual community board members whose terms are expiring (2014 was a ‘transition’ year): Nat Sakimura, Mike Jones, John Bradley, and George Fletcher. I want to thank them for their service to the OIDF. They are eligible to seek re-election, if they so choose.

The Individual community board member election is being conducted on the following schedule:

• Nominations opened: Monday, January 5, 2015
• Nominations close: Monday, January 19, 2015
• Election begins: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
• Election ends: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
• Results announced by: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
• New board terms start: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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

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. If you are already a member, you have received an email from director@oidf.org advising you that the election is open and how to participate. Please log in with your OpenID membership credentials at https://openid.net/foundation/members/ to participate in the nomination and voting. If you experience problems participating in the election or joining the foundation, please send an email to help@oidf.org right away.

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 open 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 are the key opportunities you see for the OpenID Foundation in 2015?
2. How will you demonstrate your commitment to the work of the foundation in terms of resources, focus and leadership?
3. What would you like to see accomplished over the next year, and how do you personally plan to make these things happen?
4. What resources can you bring to the foundation to help the foundation attain its goals?
5. 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, especially openid-general@lists.openid.net. Please forward questions, comments and suggestions to me at don@oidf.org.


Don Thibeau