[OpenID board] Sending note off to general list ...

Recordon, David drecordon at verisign.com
Mon Apr 23 07:35:02 UTC 2007

+1, hopefully we can get this out before the call this week. :) 

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Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2007 11:06 PM
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Subject: [OpenID board] Sending note off to general list ...

Hi Everybody,

Here is the draft note going to the general list authored by David and
with comments from Drummond, Johannes and myself.  I've also added a
section introducing Bill's role and mentioning that he and I can be the
contact points for people interested in participating in the OIDF
(deferring first to Bill of course).  Also, I've listed out each of us
as members of the board with any elected role that we have.

I'd like to send this note out to the general list first thing tomorrow

Did I miss anything?

- Scott



Like any organization, the OpenID Foundation needs a sustainability
model and set of by-laws to get off the ground. This is one of the final
remaining steps to actually getting the legal organization fully spun

In coming up with a plan, we've tried hard to balance the need for funds
to help more widely promote and evangelize OpenID, while not becoming
evil or allowing influence or control to be bought.  One nice protection
is that the Foundation (per the charter sent out previously) does not
control the specifications because the specification development is
performed on public mailing lists with no requirement of membership to

You can find a proposed draft of the funding model (to be reflected in
the Foundation's bylaws) on the wiki here:


To send comments and suggestions, please do not use the talk page on the
wiki, but rather reply to this thread.

I'd also like to take this chance to introduce Bill Washburn (formerly
Opninity) who has been appointed by the board to act as the Executive
Director for the OpenID Foundation.  Bill brings a wealth of experience
from this field to this role and it was unanimous decision of the board
to empower Bill to lead the charge in the creation of the OIDF.  Bill is
the lead point of contact for all-things-OIDF and I'll be acting as the
backup in my role as the current chair of the board for the OIDF.  Feel
free to contact us with any/all questions you might have.

It should be noted this is a proposal based on input from the seven
person board currently in place.  We're seeking input from the community
and highly encourage folks to see the discussion that have been
occurring on the board mailing list:  http://openid.net/pipermail/board/

Looking forward to the discussions,

The OpenID Foundation Board:
Scott Kveton, Chair
David Recordon, Vice chair
Dick Hardt, Treasurer
Martin Atkins, Secretary
Artur Bergman
Johannes Ernst
Drummond Reed

Bill Washburn, Executive Director OpenID Foundation

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