With our 2020 year ending with continued dashed hopes for members to gather in person, OASIS Open held a virtual Distinguished Contributors & Open Cup Awards and Year-End Update. Distinguished Contributors Award is awarded to a select group of OASIS members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of open standards and/or open source projects, similar to a “Lifetime Achievement Award” or “Hall of Fame.” Open Cup is in recognition of exceptional advancements within the OASIS technical community. Two groups were awarded the Cup this year, one for Outstanding Approved Standard and another for Outstanding New Initiative.
The Awards Ceremony concluded with a musical review of our year together. (There are things about 2020 that will make you smile.)
Co-Founder of the Baseline Protocol and seasoned enterprise executive, John Wolpert, joined Guy Martin for this next Open Matters discussion. Launched in March of this year, the Baseline Protocol uses advances in peer-to-peer messaging, zero-knowledge cryptography and blockchain technology to coordinate complex, confidential workflows between enterprises without moving company data out of traditional systems of record. Today, over 600 companies and individuals are actively participating in this initiative.
Guy Martin was joined by Richard Morrell, a BlackHat and Senior Security Analyst-Security Editor for this Open Matters discussion. Richard shared his views on the biggest challenges the open source community faces with cybersecurity standards. He highlighted which current open source projects are doing the best job with security, as well as provided his recommendations on what needs to happen within consortiums to move cybersecurity forward in an effective way.
Held over two-days, this multi-session technical working conference was developed to bring together the community in order to further the technical implementation of the Baseline Protocol, while providing those new to the community with an update on the latest developments. Sessions were identified and selected by the Baseline Technical Steering Committee with an eye toward tackling many of the most urgent technical challenges faced by the team. The Baseline Protocol is an Open Project at OASIS Open.