Identity in a Digital World

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 TIME: 17:30-18:30 LOCATION: ALPSEE


Governments are building huge identity systems because they need to plan service delivery, understand demographics and deliver essentials such as healthcare and education whilst building digital economies and addressing financial inclusion. They also have concerns over fraudulent activity, security and border control. These are conflicting issues with very different needs.

Technology always moves faster than laws and government capacity is often behind the curve. Knowing what to implement, when and how is difficult when capacity is low.

Digital economies need digital identity, as does true service transformation. To be able to do this at national or international scale without creating a mechanism for an attack on all of our basic rights we need the crucial building block of digital identity to act for the users and not just for the use cases.

So how do we do this in a world where country after country is moving to implement ever more capable identity systems?

Key takeaways:
This talk will explain the steps we can take now, the gaps perceived in the market and how industry can move to promote best practice that government and individuals will benefit from. In addition the talk will:
1) Raise awareness of the need to focus on users no just the use cases
2) Outline how our rights can be protected in growing digital economies
3) Show why capacity building, ethics, the law and standards are just as important as innovation.


Adam Cooper is an identity standards expert, policy lead, and enterprise architect with over 25 years of experience in IT and digital disciplines. Adam is currently Chief Architect for ID2020 and a technical consultant to the World Bank ID4D programme, as well as acting in an advisory...

Public and private services are digitalizing their services and need to create solutions that are accessible to everyone. Customers are expecting more, and citizens want to interact with the public services in a smoother way.  Next to that, the sensitivity of information being exchanged online grows rapidly and data privacy is a real concern to many people. How can you build a digital society that is accessible, secure and respects privacy? What is the role of a digital ID?

Key Takeaways:

- a verified digital ID is a key component to create a safe and accessible digital society
- collaboration between the public and private sector is key, but how to handle it and what are the key success factors?
- how to use a digital ID to increase inclusion of all citizens


The discussion will provide an overview of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework to discuss interoperability in the context of Identity Networks. Evolution and adoption of Identity Networks will depend on the ability for various authorities from both the public and the private sectors to participate by issuing credentials and by validating data with the principles of privacy, security, accountability, and convenience of use.  While existing and emerging technologies play a critical role in the emergence of suche networks, it is just as critical to understand governance, policy, and business practice implications.  This panel will include high-level requirements that should be considered by decision-makers, policy-makers, CIOs, or any organizations that are considering participating in such a network.

Attendees of the panel will:

- Understand at a high-level the Pan-Canaidan Trust Framework

- Key factors that must be considered regarding interoperability

- Public and private sector perspectives regarding identity network adoption

- Considerations regarding governance, policy, and business practices regarding identity networks

- Advice to consider when choosing an Identity Network 


Steve Pannifer is a director of Consult Hyperion as well as being an identity technology and security expert. Steve works with banks, mobile operators and leading technology companies on digital identity strategy covering all aspects of digital identity – commercial, technical and...

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European Identity & Cloud Conference 2020

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  • May 12 - 15, 2020 Munich, Germany


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