[OpenID board] October 25, 2012 OpenID Board Meeting Minutes

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Tue Nov 6 04:33:53 UTC 2012


October 25, 2012 OpenID Board Meeting Minutes

Present in Person:
Don Thibeau, Executive Director
Mike Jones
Scott Kern
John Bradley
Axel Nennker
Eric Sachs
Greg Keegstra
Pamela Dingle
George Fletcher

Present on the Phone:
Paul Agbabian
Nat Sakimura

Absent:
Tony Nadalin
Kick Willemse
Farhang Kassaei


1.      Introduction of Paul Agbabian
Paul Agbabian will now be representing Symantec - replacing Nico Popp.  He has worked on numerous identity projects in the past.  He is currently working on Symantec's NSTIC identity provider, among other things.


2.      OpenID Connect Working Group Report
Mike reported on the status of the Connect working group met on Monday at Google.  The working group agreed on resolutions for all the open items requiring broad working group input.  They anticipate incorporating those resolutions into the specifications in the next month or so.  They plan to publish drafts for implementer's draft votes sometime in December.


3.      Backplane Exchange Working Group Report
Greg reported on the status of the Backplane Exchange working group.  The working group has been established and is up and running.  Greg is working through issues about administering the mailing list.  Progress continues on the specification.  Recently the specification has been revised to included OAuth based authorization.  Activity Stream messages can now include expiration dates.  Additional use cases are being developed.


4.      Account Chooser Working Group Report
Eric reported on the status of the Account Chooser working group.  The working group plans to try to raise awareness among potential early adopters.  Eric mailed a detailed report to the board yesterday.  Symantec is increasing their participation in the Account Chooser work.  They are working to provide assurances as to the authenticity of the account chooser site and the JavaScript code and to try to prevent page hijacking.  Pam suggested that we write up and publish the security measures that we are employing.


5.      Marketing Committee Report
Eric reported on the Marketing committee.  Eric mailed a detailed report to the board yesterday.  They are now using DISQUS for blog comment discussion.  Don will moderate the comments.  There was a discussion of possibly branding Account Chooser; one potential conclusion is that we should likely have no end-user brand for it at all, since it is simply an integrated part of the site login experience.


6.      Bylaws Updates
The background of the intent behind the proposed bylaw updates was to clarify our procedures and scope - not to change them.  Three sets of proposed bylaws changes were developed by the executive committee.

The board approved amendment 2012.10.6.3, with one dissent by Tony Nadalin, which moves the dues schedule into a separate document from the bylaws.

The board approved amendment 2012.10.6.1, with one dissent by Tony Nadalin, which added definitions of undefined terms and specific purposes used in the bylaws.

[ Nat Sakimura left the meeting at this point ]

The board approved amendment 2012.10.6.2, with two dissents by Tony Nadalin and Axel Nennker and an abstention by George Fletcher, which removes confusing text about scheduling board elections.

[ Eric Sachs left the meeting at this point ]


7.      Financial Report
Don gave us a financial update.  VMware has joined as a corporate member.  Symantec is in the process of renewing its sustaining membership.

The executive committee has been taking a closer look at the member recruitment pipeline, including working to understand the expected value of the recruitment pipeline over time.  It has also been working on revising the membership price structure to try to increase the number of middle tier members.  This will be circulated for consideration by the full board.

The foundation has been reserving funds for anticipated legal expenses required to complete the transfer of the Account Chooser IPR to the foundation.

The three largest expense items for the foundation are the executive director, legal expenses, and backend services (through Global Inventures).  Directed funding for specific events remains an important part of our budget.


8.      Upcoming Events
Upcoming OpenID events include:

  *   November 4, 2012 OpenID event in conjunction with IETF 85 in Atlanta
  *   November 21, 2012 OpenID event at Identity Next conference in The Hague
  *   December 12, 2012 Proposed event in London in conjunction with public sector conference
  *   February 27, 2013 Board Meeting in conjunction with RSA conference
  *   March 2-5, 2013 OpenID Workshop in Tokyo
  *   May 14, 2013 OpenID Workshop prior to the European Identity Conference
  *   Spring 2013 board meeting at Internet Identity Workshop (IIW)

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