The OpenID Foundation board election opened up on December 10. After a grueling nominations process (not really), we were left with 17 candidates vying for seven community board member seats. Your candidates are (alphabetized by first name):
- Allen Tom
- Brian Kissel
- Chris Messina ← that’s me!
- David Recordon
- Dick Hardt
- Eran Hammer-Lahav
- Eric Sachs
- Johannes Ernst
- John Bradley
- Joseph Smarr
- Luke Shepard
- Martin Atkins
- Mike Kirkwood
- Nat Sakimura
- Peter Nixey
- Scott Kveton
- Snorri Giorgetti
So far, a great deal of discussion has gone on about the various candidates’ platforms on the OpenID general mailing list. Candidates have also written about things that they would like to change in the coming year on their blogs as well, notably Dave Recordon and Johannes Ernst.
The three issues that are at the top of my list should I be elected to the board really come down to:
- establishing OpenID as a strong consumer brand
- improving the user experience and ease-of-use of OpenID
- enhancing the value of adopting OpenID for individuals, businesses, and organizations
I will lay out my rationale for these positions in a series of upcoming posts.
In the meantime, if you’d like to vote in this election, you will need to register for a $25 year-long membership in the OpenID Foundation (basically providing you the privilege to participate in this and other foundation elections and activities).
I also solicit your feedback, concerns and wishes for OpenID. Though I have plenty ideas about the kind of work that needs to go into OpenID to make it into a great cornerstone technology for the open web, I’m also very interested in hearing from other people about their experiences with OpenID, or about their ideas for how we can advance the cause of OpenID in 2009.