Digital Identity as a Building Block for Ethical Digital Economics


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? This talk will explain the steps we can take now, the gaps I perceive in the market and how industry can move to promote best practice that government and individuals will benefit from. ( Assured Identity, Government Identity, Consumer Identity, Standards, Vision & Strategy, Adam Cooper)

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