Members of the global identity and Internet communities announced the launch of Kantara Initiative, a new global organization formed to bridge enterprise, Web 2.0 and Web-based identity initiatives.
Kantara Initiative has been founded by the Concordia Project, Data Portability Project, Information Card Foundation, Internet Society, Liberty Alliance, OpenLiberty.org and XDI.org to collaborate on eliminating the barriers that exist in the global identity sector.
The Kantara Initiative has been established based on a bicameral governance model where the Board of Trustees and Leadership Council work hand-in-hand as peers in steering the direction of the organization. Roger Sullivan, vice president Oracle Identity Management, has been elected president of the 2009 Kantara Initiative Board of Trustees and J. Trent Adams, outreach specialist, trust & identity, Internet Society, has been elected chair of the Leadership Council.
Initial Board of Trustee members include AOL, BT, CA, Intel, Internet Society, Fidelity Investments, Novell, NRI, NTT, Oracle, PayPal and Sun Microsystems. Representatives from Intel and the New Zealand government have Leadership Council seats on the Board of Trustees.