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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

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

In this podcast we highlight a range of cutting edge examples of how digital identity technologies are being used currently, the role of digital ID in empowering users and promoting social inclusion and finally some calls to action on what needs to happen next to get our digital identity future right. We have a brilliant line of guests including: Jonathan Jensen, Regulatory Policy Advisor and Paul Daley, Sales Director at GBG Plc (00:55), Thomas Staley, Digital Identity Consulting Lead at Sopra Steria (13:55) and Alasdair Ambroziak, Civil Account Director at Thales (23:55).

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Building public trust and confidence in the use of digital ID | Breakout room @ techUK Digital Ethics Summit, 8 December, 11.05 - 12:00

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. The session also explored current public attitudes towards digital identity technologies and further steps that can be taken to drive better public awareness, trust and confidence in this technology. Finally, the panellists discussed how this technology can promote social inclusion, including those individuals who are currently digitally excluded due to a lack of formal identification. Speakers: Hannah Rutter, Deputy Director, Digital Identity and Smart Cities, DCMS; Kendrick Lee, Director, Trusted Data & Services, Government Technology Agency of Singapore; Louise Maynard-Atem, Research Lead, Women in Identity; Cornelius Saunders, Program Manager, ID2020; and Seema Khinda Johnson, Co-founder and COO, Nuggets

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Digital Identity and Fraud Prevention | 1 November, 13:00 - 14:00

In this session, we will take a hard look at the data to understand 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 will assess the available tools and techniques that can support in delivering assured digital identities in the UK. The panel will discuss the unique potential of digital identity technologies in preventing fraud, what lessons can be learned from sectors that already utilise digital identities, and consider the critical steps that must be taken to ensure the use of these digital identities becomes more widespread. Speakers: Katherine Holden, Head of Data Analytics, AI and Digital Identity, techUK; Mark Little, Head of Identity Strategy, LexisNexis Risk Solutions; Simon Horswell, Document Specialist, Onfido; Martin Wilson, CEO, Digital Identity Net; Adam Gagen, Vice President EMA Government Relations, American Express

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Digital ID: What’s the current state-of-play in the UK? | 22 July, 14:00 - 15:00

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.  Speakers: Lord Tim Clement- Jones, House of Lords Spokesperson for Digital for the Liberal Democrats; Margaret Moore, Director of Citizen & Devolved Government Services, Sopra Steria (Chair); Julie Dawson, Director of Regulatory and Policy, Yoti; Laura Barrowcliff, Head of Strategy, GBG Plc

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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)

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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)

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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

Programme Assistant, Policy, techUK

Jake is the Programme Assistant for Policy, supporting techUK's work across its Policy and Public Affairs; Skills, Talent and Diversity; and Data functions. He is also currently supporting techUK's Digital Identity Event Series.

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!

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