Building upon 15 years of experience in trade association management focused upon Identity Access Management innovations and industry standards development, Joni serves as the DIACC Management Consultant. She helps the DIACC to fulfill its vision of organizing Canadian market forces to unlock digital identity and authentication (DIA) economic opportunities for all Canadians. Deeply embedded in identity services standardization for over a decade, Joni has participated in multiple international organizational committees including: OECD ITAC, ISOC, IEEE and many more. She has testified regarding trusted Identity and Access Management systems for the US Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Security and Privacy (ONC HITSP). Before joining DIACC Joni was Kantara Initiative's Executive Director focusing on technology evangelism, trust frameworks, and policy and technology interoperability to connect entities and individuals in a more trustworthy environment. Joni helped to ensure that Kantara Initiative program is aligned with multiple eGovernment strategies including: Government of Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
What are the biggest questions and opportunities in digital ID and authentication today? One of the biggest questions around digital ID and authentication today focuses upon liability. Entities and individuals want to know who is responsible if personal data is misused or accessed by bad actors. The Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC), as a neutral forum aligning with the principles of open government helps to address this question and others by identifying and developing industry standards, research, and proof of concepts to share resources toward the acceleration of trusted identity services for all Canadians.
The opportunities are myriad. However, there are three opportunities of interest in Canada today that DIACC directly addresses: 1. The Federal Innovation Agenda The Prime Minister has tasked Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada with the development of an Innovation Agenda for Canada. The Innovation Agenda vision will rely upon trusted digital identity services and frameworks to ensure that identity systems meet the needs and expectations of Canadians today - and for the foreseeable future. 2. The Modernization of Digital Services Delivery Trusted digital identity is an enabler of service delivery modernization in both the public and private sectors. Trusted digital identity services help to ensure that the right individuals and entities benefit from and have access to the resources they need conveniently, securely, and in a privacy-respective environment. 3. Canada's Full and Beneficial Participation in the Global Digital Economy. By working to address the digital transformation as the application of digital technology to all aspects of human society, the DIACC helps to ensure that all Canadians, businesses, research networks, and levels of government are fully able to enjoy the benefits of GDP growth derived from participation in the digital economy at home and abroad.
How will digital ID and authentication change online security and privacy for the average Canadian? Digital ID is critical component of the digital transformation. As such, digital ID will impact every Canadian - regardless of their location and personal abilities. By collaborating in the DIACC to develop resources that support the standardization and accelerated adoption of digital ID, we consider 10 principles for a Canadian digital identity ecosystem as requirements. Digital ID and related services must be secure, privacy-respecting, and convenient for all Canadians to use. Further, Canadians must have choice, control and context for their use and participation in digital ID related systems. Our vision is to enable all Canadians to have access to digital ID and related services so that they can conduct needed business – be it signing the children up for hockey or signing a mortgage - from wherever they choose. By removing the barriers present in a bricks and mortar world, digital ID and related services will bring Canadians more access to more resources than ever, and do so in a way that they can trust.
How can we educate Canadians on the importance of digital security? Whose responsibility is it and why? Canadians represent one of the most connected populations globally. Many Canadians already understand the difficulties of managing dozens of passwords and carrying wallets full of cards. These solutions don't scale and are not very secure. And yet Canadians are seeking to increase their digital activities - in a recent survey 70% of respondents wanted to participate in activities like voting via online tools. We, identity management professionals, have a responsibility to develop the rules and tools for all Canadians to easily and securely manage their personal information. Canadians will benefit from simple guidance regarding potential risks, benefits and implications associated with the management of personal information. It is our responsibility as identity management professionals, and as the DIACC, to collaborate to identify and develop the needed resources and mechanisms to help educate everyday Canadians. Additionally, it is our personal and professional responsibility to collaborate to develop the rules and tools that govern online transactions in a way that Canadians know and trust. Think of cars for example. Drivers know that there are rules, tools, and certifications required in the Canadian market to ensure that cars are developed to reduce harm and provide a safer driving environment. It is still possible for accidents to happen, for drives to make bad decisions. However, the cars and the rules of driving are standardized to optimize, confidence, safety, and convenience for all Canadians. In the DIACC, and throughout the world, experts are working together to address the needed rules and tools of the digital environment to ensure safety, respect of personal privacy and convenience for all. What should Canadians be most excited about? Opportunities. Opportunities. Opportunities! With trusted digital ID and services Canadians will be able to access resources and services whenever and wherever they choose. From the lakeside cottage, to the downtown living room, Canadians will be able to undertake business and personal transactions with the flexibility, security, and convenience. Further, a trusted digital ID ecosystem will enable new types of entrepreneurial opportunities, limited only by our imagination. Canadians should be excited to help lead the global digital revolution with our innovation, hard work, and expertise. Innovation, enabled in part by trusted digital ID, will be a corner stone of our GDP and opportunities for all Canadians.
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