Martin Atkins (mart) wrote in apparentlymart,
Martin Atkins

OpenID Foundation's new board members

It was just announced that the OpenID Foundation has recieved its first set of corporate board members. Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo! will each be nominating a single representative to work alongside the existing seven board members.

When I first heard of the plans to invite corporations onto the foundation board, I will admit I had reservations about larger companies getting involved this high up. I'm sure other members of the OpenID community will have similar reservations when they first hear of this announcement. However, it's worth bearing in mind that the make up of the board retains a majority of "community" board members, and that this ratio will remain fixed for future boards as well, so it would be hyperbole to suggest that the corporations are taking over.

One of the roles of the OpenID Foundation is to provide a structured environment where both corporate and individual members can collaborate on specifications while ensuring that the outcome will remain free to use by the community at large. The OpenID Foundation will not author specifications itself, but it will provide resources for working groups and will publish completed specifications and look after related concerns such as marketing and the use of the OpenID trademark.

I for one am looking forward to seeing what will come of this collaboration. If you haven't already, you may like to read the announcement to get the full details.


  • Mapping, History and Copyright

    It's long been a frustration of mine that the maps and mapping data collected by the British Ordnance Survey are tightly controlled under Crown…

  • Software Patents: The Government Says…

    A while back I put my name to a petition against software patents in the UK on the e-petitions site. While I did think it was a bit odd to petition…

  • Moved to TypePad is now hosted on TypePad rather than LiveJournal. All of the old content remains over here in LiveJournal land, but those who are…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment