Since 2019, techUK has sought to drive forward the conversation around the adoption of digital identity technologies, publishing white papers in 2019 and in 2020. These reports highlight key areas in which digital identities can offer a significant economic benefit, setting out key recommendations for action and calling on Government to recognise digital identities as a central component of the UK digital economy.
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the ways in which we live and work, driving digital transformation and bringing into sharp relief the need to deliver on the promise of digital identities so its benefits can be felt across society and the economy.
Digital identity technologies can help to support contactless interactions and identity authentication post-COVID, further inclusion, tackle fraud, and facilitate more frictionless transactions as services are increasingly provided online and the digitalisation of the economy continues at pace.
Throughout 2021, techUK will be hosting an event series exploring digital identity technologies with dedicated sessions looking at each of these potential use cases and benefits, as well as the current state of play in the UK and developments in the EU. The series will examine what more needs to be done to increase adoption of digital identities across different sectors, how regulation is developing in the UK and beyond, and seek to illustrate the key role digital ID can play in the future of the digital economy.
A full programme of events included in techUK’s Digital Identity Event Series 2021 can be found below and you can have your say and join the conversation by using the hashtag #DigitalID2021 on social media!
CogX session: Digital ID and Financial Inclusion | 15 June, 11:00-11:40
The World Bank estimates that over one billion people cannot officially prove their identity. In the UK approx. 17% of people in England and Wales had no passport at all. During this panel we will explore the potential for digital ID to enable greater financial inclusion, particularly amongst vulnerable groups. Alongside the opportunities presented by digital ID, the panellists will discuss the current barriers that must be addressed to ensure digital identity can work for everyone. Speakers: Christine Leong, Managing Director, Accenture, Global Lead Decentralized Identity & Biometrics; Adam Cooper, Director, IDcrowd; Mathieu Altwegg, Head of Innovation & Product Design Europe, Visa; Katherine Holden, techUK (moderator)
Digital ID: What’s the current state-of-play in the UK? | July 2021
In this session techUK will host a discussion exploring the current state-of-play for digital identity technology in the UK. Our panellists will look at what progress has been made as work continues on the UK Government’s alpha Trust Framework, what gaps remain, and compare how the UK’s progress fairs against its international counterparts. In addition, the panel will discuss what steps we must now take to support the UK’s digital ID market and build strong levels of public trust in digital identity technologies. More information on this event will be available closer to the session.
TechTracks: Digital Identity in the EU and the UK | September 2021
Following the European Commission’s announcement on eIDAS, this session will provide an opportunity to compare and contrast the UK and EU approaches to digital identity, exploring where there may is convergence and divergence, as well as what this means for companies that are operating across both markets. More information on this event will be available closer to the session.
Voice Biometrics: The future of authentication? | 12 May, 14:00-15:00
During this session panellists will discuss the benefits that voice biometric technology is delivering and highlight the steps being taken to address previous security challenges associated with voice biometrics. The speakers will evaluate the role this technology could play in the UK’s post-COVID economic recovery and the necessary next steps to ensure the adoption of this technology can be scaled responsibly. Speakers: Philip Black, Commercial Director, Nomidio; Mark Bosworth, Business Development Manager, Aculab; Dr Philip Harrison, Associate Lecturer & Research Fellow, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York; Katherine Holden, techUK (moderator)
Katherine joined techUK in May 2018 and currently leads the Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID programme.
Prior to techUK, Katherine worked as a Policy Advisor at the Government Digital Service (GDS) supporting the digital transformation of UK Government.
Whilst working at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Katherine led AMRC’s policy work on patient data, consent and opt-out.
Katherine has a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Nottingham.
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Jake is the Programme Assistant for Policy, assisting techUK's work across its Policy and Public Affairs; Skills, Talent and Diversity; and Data functions.
He joined techUK in March 2019 following his graduation from a master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Sussex, as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, and has also worked across the EU Exit, International Trade and Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programmes. Outside of work, he enjoys watching and playing sport, spending time with friends and family, and – when possible – travelling!