[OpenID board] Correction needed to election announcement

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Tue Jan 3 22:19:17 UTC 2012

John Ehrig let me know he believed that Chris had a two year term based upon this post http://openid.net/2010/12/21/community-board-election-results/.  The statement contained in that post that "The resignation of Marc Frons required another two year term assignment" is in error.  Sorry I didn't catch it then.  The correct statement would have been "The resignation of Marc Frons required appointment of another director to fulfill the remainder of Marc's term".  I suggest that we correct the error in the blog post.  I believe that we must correct the election announcement ASAP, because there are actually two seats open for election.

Even if I were wrong about the OIDF policy of appointing a new director to fulfill the remainder of the term of a resigned director (which I don't believe that I am), I'll note that Chris's term would still have been a one year term.  Here's why...  The goal is to have an equal number of community members serving alternating 2 year terms.  The 1 year terms were simply there to bring the two-year terms into alignment.  There were 8 community directors as of the last election.  Therefore, there were four 2-year terms open for election.  Brian Kissel and Allen Tom were serving the second years of their terms.  Therefore two one-year terms were needed to balance things out so that half of the community members would be elected in each two-year cycle.

                                                                -- Mike

From: openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net [mailto:openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net] On Behalf Of Mike Jones
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 1:52 PM
To: Don Thibeau; Chris Messina
Cc: board at openid.net
Subject: [OpenID board] Correction needed to election announcement

Thanks for getting the election announcement out, Don.  However, a correction may be needed.  Per the forwarded announcement below, Chris was not one of the people serving a two-year term.  Likewise, the announcement at http://openid.net/2010/11/08/oidf-board-election-announcement/ stated that there were four 2-year terms - not 5.

I realize that Chris was appointed to fill the remainder of Marc Frons 2-year term.   Marc's (now Chris's) term began in 2010.  Therefore, this term expires with the ending of the 2011 board.

If I'm right, this means that there are two open seats (both for 2-year terms) - not one.  And Chris will need to stand for election, should he wish to continue his board membership.

                                                                Best wishes,
                                                                -- Mike

From: openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net<mailto:openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net> [mailto:openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net]<mailto:[mailto:openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net]> On Behalf Of Don Thibeau
Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2010 5:29 AM
To: openid-board at lists.openid.net<mailto:openid-board at lists.openid.net>
Subject: [OpenID board] Introducing the 2011 OpenID Community Board Representatives

Dear Members,
Thank you for voting for those who will represent you at this pivotal time for OpenID. This is to introduce the newly elected community directors of the OpenID Foundation Board. In 2011 Brian Kissel and Allen Tom will be fulfilling the second year of their terms as community representatives.  Marc Frons has resigned from the second year of his service because of pressing business issues at the New York Times.
Mike Jones, Chris Messina, Nat Sakimura and John Bradley bring deep domain expertise in online identity to their board service.  I think it's fair to say their election reflects a community-wide acknowledgement of the consistency and quality of their contributions in recent years. The election of Kick Willemse and Axel Nennker signals an important shift towards more international leadership on the board. At last week's Identity Next Conference and at the Identity Summit in Geneva, Nat, John, Kick and Axel led discussions expanding a more global view of OpenID's adoption and updating its technology with our colleagues in the EU. Nat, Mike, Kick and John have been elected to two years terms. David Recordon will represent Facebook in 2011.
It's important to acknowledge the contributions of Luke Sheppard, Mike Ozburn, Dick Hardt, Joseph Smarr, Daniel Jacobson and Rob Harles. Each contributed the energy, talent and diversity of views that makes the foundation an occasionally frustrating, increasingly complex and unique resource in online identity.  Because of their efforts, the 2011 board starts the new year with a mandate for building momentum around the merged AB/Connect working group and the restructuring the OIDF to be a more effective, more international organization.

Technology development and board deliberations rarely follow a graceful upward curve. With the push / pull of competing business models and the cross jurisdictional impact of online identity, it's easy to underestimate the time and commitment required of directors to reconcile corporate, community and global interests in a rapidly changing identity ecosystem. The board has important work to do right from the start of 2011.  It must leverage and deploy the unique assets of the foundation, its leadership as a convener of OpenID Summits , its authoritative voice in standards development, and most importantly its growing worldwide community.
This is to you to engage with this new board from the start. We will soon publish a calendar of OpenID Summits, reorganize our governance and advance the utility of our "product" through the AB/Connect working group.  Blog your views at openid.net, serve on work groups and contribute to the development of one of the most important technologies of our time.
Don Thibeau
Executive Director

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