1) How can the government use digital identity to increase opportunities for democratic process and citizen engagement?
Citizen engagement is an essential element of a well-functioning democracy. Traditional citizen engagement does not meet the demands of the digital transformation. Negative user behaviour, data legitimacy, and data defensibility for decision-making are particularly challenging. Digital identity and authentication (DIA) solutions help to address these challenges.
For example, DIA can provide governments with higher assurance that a person is whom they claim to be - or - that they are a person who is a constituent of a particular area. In this case, DIA can provide a powerful tool for public consultations by providing government with more accurate and actionable data regarding an issue of priority.
Another area where DIA can increase opportunities would be in regard to accessibility of voting. Leveraging standards based DIA solutions governments may be able to make the process of voting more accessible to those with physical challenges.
DIA can also help government to identify and interact with business owners by making the process of administering a business more accessible and convenient for e-entrepreneurs. By leveraging DIA for businesses and business owners, governments can stimulate their local economies and accelerate GDP growth opportunities.
DIACC members work together to identify these types of opportunities and to align resources to reduce uncertainty and test viability of solutions for government and private sector adoption.
2) How can events like IdentityNORTH influence positive change?
IdentityNORTH provides a great opportunity to connect a diverse community of thought leaders and developers of DIA standards and innovations. Attendees of IdentityNORTH share perspectives and learn from peers. Presentations at IdentityNORTH are always informative and the UNConference portion of IdentityNORTH enables every attendee to become an active participant. Finally, IdentityNORTH provides a one-stop-shop for identity professionals and identity services consumers doing strategic business in Canada and globally.
3) What have been some of the most significant achievements in digital identity since we convened for IdentityNORTH 2016?
Around the world, we are paying close attention to:
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a privacy regulatory scheme in the European Union
Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), a European Union directive that will fundamentally change the way the on-line transactions are performed
Dr. Ann Cavoukian's International Council on Global Privacy and Security by Design (GPS by Design)
Additionally, DIACC was awarded a grant up to 800k USD to deliver research defining blockchain for distributed consumer privacy. The research is being performed by SecureKey and will reduce uncertainty and raise awareness of distributed ledger technology capabilities.
And finally, DIACC members, the Province of British Columbia, and IBM have developed an experimental Proof of Concept (POC) to identify the viability of blockchain for corporate registries. This POC has gained interest from around the world, as it has demonstrated a real-world use case where a distributed ledger can provide transparency and accessibility of data that provides value to corporate registry operators and business owners alike.
What Attendees are saying
“The only conference in Canada where one can meet the who’s who of knowledgeable people and champions of digital identity to discuss the real issues and opportunities in this space.” Dave Nikolejsin, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines at Government of British Columbia
“A fantastic platform bringing together Canadian thought leaders and key industry experts to promote innovation in digital identity and authentication.” Mike Vanderkaden, VP Corporate Development, Equifax Canada