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techUK Digital Identity Event Series 2021

Throughout 2021, techUK is hosting a series of events exploring digital identity technologies, what more needs to be done to drive adoption across different sectors, and the role digital ID can play in the future of the UK digital economy.

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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! 


techUK Digital Identity Event Series 2022

Following last years’ success, techUK will be extending its Digital Identity Event Series into 2022, exploring the uses and potential applications of digital identity technologies, what more needs to be done to drive adoption across different sectors, and the key role digital ID can play in the future of the UK digital economy.

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Catch up with past events

The techUK podcast: Digital ID in 2022 - How do we ensure the UK gets it right?

This month’s podcast is presented by Katherine Holden, techUK’s Head of Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID and explores the steps we need to take to ensure the UK genuinely benefits from digital identity technologies in 2022.

Building public trust and confidence in the use of digital ID | Breakout room @ techUK Digital Ethics Summit, December 2021

During a morning breakout session at techUK's Digital Ethics Summit, our panel explored the increasing trend towards self-sovereign identity, enabling individuals to have control of how and with whom their data is shared. With speakers from DCMS, Government Technology Agency of Singapore, Women in Identity, ID2020, and Nuggets.

Digital ID and Fraud Prevention | November 2021

In this session, we took a hard look at what trends are developing in the market, the techniques favoured by identity fraudsters and the best ways for businesses to protect themselves against them. In addition, we assessed the tools that can support in delivering assured digital identities in the UK. With speakers from LexisNexis, Onfido, American Express and Digital Identity Net.

Digital ID: What’s the current state-of-play in the UK? | July 2021

In this session, we explored the current state-of-play for digital identity technology in the UK. Our panellists assessed progress as work continues on the UK Government’s alpha Trust Framework, what gaps remain, and compared how the UK’s progress fairs against its international counterparts. With speakers from Sopra Steria, Yoti, and GBG, as well as Lord Tim Clement-Jones.

CogX session: Digital ID and Financial Inclusion | June 2021

During this panel we explored 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. With speakers from Accenture, IDcrowd and Visa.

Voice Biometrics: The future of authentication? | May 2021

During this session panellists discussed the benefits that voice biometric technology is delivering and highlight the steps being taken to address previous security challenges associated with voice biometrics. With speakers from Nomidio, Aculab and the University of York.



Katherine Holden

Katherine Holden

Head of Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID, techUK

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 Wall

Jake Wall

Policy Manager, Skills and Future of Work, techUK

Jake has been the Policy Manager for Skills and Future of Work since May 2022, supporting techUK's work to empower the UK to skill, attract and retain the brightest global talent, and prepare for the digital transformations of the future workplace.

Previously, Jake was the Programme Assistant for Policy. He joined techUK in March 2019 and has also worked across the EU Exit, International Trade, and Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programmes.

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