Doors closed on a very successful Think Digital Identity For Government on November 29th – the second of 2018.
As you will now know, in the basis of the great success of the two shows, we have decided to mount a third in this series – the only show that looks at the public sector side of Digital Identity in the UK.
Scheduled for Friday, June 7th, 2019 – and already open for registration to secure your place, which is FREE if you are a qualifying professional in the public sector – we are, Xmas notwithstanding, already hard at work creating another day of compelling content on the post-GOV UK Verify UK Digital ID landscape.
But – are we being too hasty? Are there issues that we DON’T know you care about?
To check, here are a selected few of the messages we have received back from delegates: do they chime with your experience of the show?
A great conference. What would be interesting for a future event would be some examples where government service customers had difficulty in establishing identity online and how these issues were resolved. – Senior Civil Servant, Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection
It would be interesting to understand how Digital Identity affects what data companies can keep about an individual. e.g, if I have signed up to some sort of identity ‘account’ where I control who has access to what, then how much information is the 3rd party I am consuming a product from allowed to keep?
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I understand the likes of Microsoft and Mastercard are joining forces to look at digital identity [a story we covered this week – LINK], so how would this work for gov.uk going forward? Might this end up as a 2-tier system, where UK citizens need both a gov.uk sanctioned digital identity, but might also have a ‘global giant’ identity? And what if the global giant is Chinese or Russian, or even American?
For future conferences, I’d like to hear more about the legal side – not so much GDPR, but issues around ownership, responsibility and liability. I’d also like some clarity (dare I say, certainty?!) around GOV.UK Verify.
One unanswered question for me was around the approach government should take to identity. There seemed to be an inability to agree on whether there should be a single identity service, agreed standards or individual departments going their own way to suit their needs.
Some fascinating stuff there – but does it capture everything that needs to be discussed when it comes to this vitally important technology?
Please add you voice to the debate by dropping a line to our Director, Matt Stanley, firstname.lastname@example.org, who is working already on the agenda for June.
Thanks so much for your help – we really appreciate it.