Last week, the GDS Identity Assurance Programme, as an acknowledged leader in the space, played host to government counterparts from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden (sadly the United States were unable to join us due to the shutdown).
On the agenda was the universal identity challenges of privacy, user experience and standards development. The centrepiece of the 3-day summit was a meeting at 10 Downing Street, to discuss digital identity shared challenges and opportunities with Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, MP.
On the first two days we gathered at Admiralty House in Whitehall for updates on progress since the Washington summit in February, and to discuss the emerging issues and opportunities for collaboration, including:
creating international trust frameworks so we can rely on electronic identities assured by other states
putting physical world contingencies in place to maintain public services in the event of a digital identity service being unavailable
an international trust mark to assure users of privacy and security compliance
identifying and illustrating the cashable benefits of online identity assurance and building them into both government and industry business plans
On the final day, the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) brought industry and governments together for valuable presentations and discussions. There was terrific focus and energy directed on the public/private cooperation needed to get the marketplace of identity services off the ground. We also showcased our Beta of the identity assurance service hub.
At the end of the three days we agreed “homework” ahead of the next digital identity summit gathering in 6 months’ time on key issues such as user experience, trust frameworks and standards alignment.