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Digital Identity Summit

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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).

Summit Delegates at Admiralty House
Summit Delegates at Admiralty House

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.

Setting the agenda 'unconference' style

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.



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  1. Comment by simonfj posted on

    Thanks for this,

    It seems you will be getting close to the next biannual summit.
    Could I ask that you consider opening these discussions now (with streaming and an online forum).

    We have the same issues being discussed in the NRENs. Eventually a citizen will want to conflate their edu institutional IDs with their gov ones. So we do need to bring the two ID communities together. e.g.