As our lives become increasingly digital, the need to be able to identify ourselves in a digital way is becoming more pressing - for both individuals and companies. Old, paper methods of identification - passports, birth certificates, driving licences, utility bills - are simply not suited for an online world. The smart devices apearing everywhere in society also need a digital IDs so that they can communicate with each other.
The never-ending sets of passwords we all use; two-factor autentication for payments, biometrics, facial recognition, the government Gov.Verif system are all methods of resolving this problem. But they are limited in use, cumbersome and often too easily hacked.
Surely it is time for a digital identity?
The UK has been making efforts towards this goal for some years but we still have not got there. Yet other EU countires are happily using digital IDs to access public services.
This seminar will examine identity of the individual. We will look at the different ways in which the problem of e-ID is being approached; the various technologies available, their potential and the barriers for roll-out. We will ask whether a universal digital ID is culturally desireable in the UK and how it could be achieved. Our keynote speaker Kaspar Korus, will explain the experience in Estonia and help us learn lessons.
Some argue that distributed ledger is the technology that will provide the answer and that its ability to allow entities, independent of each other, to rely on the same shared, secure and auditable source of information fits well with a system of widespread digital identity. Banks are also looking to DLT to provide a solution to know-your-customer requirements - checks into the status of an individual or company, which are currently inefficient, costly and time-consuming.
Join us at techUK for a lively debate with expert speakers from across the spectrum.
- Keynote: Kaspar Korjus, Managing Director, e-Residency, Republic of Estonia.
Moderator: Genevieve Leveille, Agriledger
- Aldo Lo Castro, AliaslabUK
- Thom White, Yoti
- James Monaghan, Evernym