Indicio helps companies build trusted digital ecosystems by implementing decentralised identity and verifiable credentials.
The credentials are used to facilitate peer-to-peer connections between both parties so they can mutually authenticate each other to create a privacy-minding ecosystem.
Together amassing 100 years of experience in decentralised identity, the Indicio team will be presenting their technology enabled by a depth of experience presented through each individual.
Indicio’s CEO, Heather Dahl who we interviewed at Identity Week America 2022 reconnected their unique trade-off between advanced security and privacy for customer satisfaction to the importance of exhibiting at the show. In this ID:60, sweeping through the company’s offerings in just 60 seconds, she answers…
What is Indicio’s mission to advance decentralised identity?
How is the architecture designed with privacy in mind?
Have you partnered with travel, the public sector, healthcare to establish trusted digital ecosystems?
We were delighted to interview Ivy Fung recently, President of Women in Blockchain Asia (WIBA), whose perspective, to be shared at Identity Week Asia 2023, is focused on advocating and driving equal opportunity between the genders to pursue STEM careers and study.
The emergence of blockchain and newer technologies require collaboration from the whole industry and joined-up policy-making to advance innovation and minimise gender inequalities.
Historically and still true to say of technology careers today, fewer women fill high-level, technical roles than their male counterparts. The male statistics dwarf women’s participation across many technical industries. This should signal why conferences and gatherings of the entire identity industry – with every solution and main player – are so important to amounting change.
Women In Blockchain Asia is a non-profit that support and represents women academics, scientists and technologists and identity experts for equal participation in their technical careers, working in blockchain or other technology fields.
We asked Ivy:
How does Women In Blockchain Asia participate within the industry, at Identity Week Asia?
How is a collaborative industry approach going to impact changes to blockchain standards and wider frameworks for enabling technology, innovation and diversity?
Why is it easier to manage digital identities and vulnerabilities using blockchain, through its decentralised identity management system?
Where does the APAC region stand compared to Europe and the Americas in blockchain innovation and inclusive engineering/ diversity within STEM?
What does the future of security and identity look like leveraging blockchain to secure transactions, whether it be payments, heath records, career credentials etc..?
Come to Identity Week Asia on 7-8 November in Singapore – the third year of hosting outstanding speakers and organisations that have a large role to play in identity development in the APAC region.
Easy Dynamics is a leading cybersecurity and cloud computing provider making the difference to modernised authentication and better security procedures within businesses and enterprises.
We invited Jay Leslie, Senior Technical Advisor at Easy Dynamics to be interviewed by our Editor and share insight on balancing the priorities of innovation with compliance, ensuring IAM excellence with Zero Trust Architecture.
Bad actors can still be a serious threat to modernised authentication, however with multi-factor verification using multiple biometric modalities, a frictionless user experience is the only challenge to mitigate,. Easy Dynamics is addressing this to ensure digital identity can change the entire security landscape.
When Kaliya Young (handle: Identity Woman) embarked on co-founding a consultancy for blockchain and decentralised identity, mainstream identity domains dominated forum discussions. Her blog started commenting on decentralised identity technologies and over time has helped a shift in formulating another layer of identity for people based on open standards incorporating decentralisation, for example eIDAS 2.0.
User-owned data models are now at an advantage of integrating digital identities with customer services and increasing adoption and onboarding with technologies like the EU Digital Identity Wallet. Data protection is an expectation in the mainstream industry as advanced internet domains emerge – like the metaverse and Web 3.0 – and blockchain ledger architecture secures transactions of people’s most wanted credentials.
This interview was filmed at Identity Week America 2022, where the Identity Woman practice consulted a larger audience of identity professionals about data ownership models and bringing digital identity management back to internet users. The event returns on 3-4 October 2023 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, with the issues of decentralised identity, blockchain and the metaverse taking on mainstream theatres and viewpoints.
The civil voter registry in Honduras has just completed the migration of 6 million citizens into the cloud registration database with biometric enrolment. Honduras validates the population in two ways, when delivering the national ID card with facial recognition and in the electoral process.
In partnership with the UNDP over 18 months, they have visited every place of electoral registration in Honduras to support social development and national voting through collecting fingerprint biometrics and delivering the best civil registration census in the Americas.
The Registro Nacional de las Personas programme is a very effective tool to alleviate the poverty problem and it brings the furthest populations into the fold of mainstream society through widespread identification and the intelligence of collecting fingerprints from all citizens.
Striving for the highest standard recognition of ISO compliance, Honduras also works with technology of the age like blockchain and to develop future standards that ensure only useful data is collected from the citizen.
“That is one of the big mistakes of the government – collecting data that is very personal and they never use. So we have this principle. All data we collect we classify – confidential, personal and public data” – Rolando Kattán, President Commissioner, Registro Nacional de las Personas (Honduras).
Viky Manaila was among a vast ecosystem of identity managers and visionary experts at Identity Week Europe 2023, on behalf of the Cloud Signature Consortium.
The Consortium has developed standards with an open source license for cloud-based digital signatures, in support of the EU Commission’s eIDAS 2.0 Regulation.
Their standard facilitates the highest level of technical assurance and affirms value in the technology, providing interoperability and acceptance from providers and government entities. With constantly evolving technology, Viky says that the Consortium is forming the basis of revised regulations and standards for cloud based signatures.
The European digital identity wallet market offers different capabilities to integrate digital signatures with legal value for document signing use cases.
Its supporting eIDAS regulation is undergoing a major revision, with the CSC specification in agreement, to enable immediate usage and adoption of digital signatures within EU digital wallet context.
Digital signatures are easy to provide and integrate as an extra capability for users within wallets with unlimited use cases to maximise the user-friendly experience.
Standardisation bodies are providing specifications for different aspects of digital trust services and cloud technologies that go hand-in-hand with the standards developed by The Cloud Signature Consortium. .
The Health Service Executive in Ireland, set up in January 2020, was hugely accelerated by the pandemic to explore identity management through testing and tracing and the vaccine programme, as Maria McCann explains in this interview at Identity Week Europe 2023.
Maria is a director of health identity management services in Ireland. She explains how the Health Service Executive has delivered tracing processes throughout the patient flow from time of testing to getting results, and receiving vaccines.
Her remit also includes modernising the existing legislation to develop trust services and enhancing data quality. It is now ‘business as usual’ as the HSE resumes their work to embed a unique health identifier into different healthcare systems, in the patient administration system within hospitals and GPS.
A digital health wallet and e-health app are both on the horizon to provide citizens with health pass credentials to access entitlements.
The government of Office of CIO is a huge support system for the HSE within the healthcare system and the HSE, Department of Health and government worked together to develop the COVID response app and credentials. As Maria explains digital identity is at the top of the agenda for government and policy to secure millions of people’s personal medical information in the National Health Service.
The power of workforces was an industry-wide message conveyed at 2023’s Identity Week Europe. With a passion for personelle and training, Maria reiterated the need for driving people power for digital transformation and solving the skills gap in digital markets.
“People driving digital transformation is genuinely my passion”, she said.
The HSE Ireland has focused internally on cultivating meaningful collaborations with the HSE and with other public and private partners to invest in foundational level skill gaps.
With a high attendance from every corner of the identity ecosystem, Identity Week Europe 2023 was a successful platform for discussing the European Union’s pilot of the Digital Travel Credential (DTC-1), a virtual credential derived from the state-issued passport. The DTC-1 is an exact representation of the electronic machine-readable travel document that participating passengers can create for themselves on a dedicated mobile app, which is capable of reading the chip of the physical document.
IDEMIA is the appointed technology provider for the first transatlantic DTC-1 Pilot partnered with a Dutch Consortium, which consists of The Ministry of Justice & Security, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defence/Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Asked about the innovation that lies ahead, Julien Drouet said: “If you want to look at the future (of identity), you have to first look at the fundamentals” of digital identity complementing physical documents, which remain at the centre of the identity ecosystem.
IDEMIA showcased both digital and physical identity solutions at their booth at Identity Week Europe, including LASINK™ colour portraits to protect ID documents in an efficient manner. A demo of the Digital Travel Credential was also showcased.
“IDEMIA has always worked in the Identity & Travel Industry to continuously innovate and maintain safe and smooth travel in the face of complex security challenges. The DTC-1 pilot is taking seamless travel one step further by simplifying the travel process, safeguarding privacy, security and global interoperability”.
Jacques van Zijp, Managing Director, IDEMIA Netherlands
TECH5 is an international technology leader and innovator that emerged into the identity industry with a biometrics-driven focus and has expanded today to deliver functional and foundational IDs.
With a high NIST rating, TECH5’s assured solutions demonstrate their success journey to-date which still continues today. TECH5 will be showcasing fresh use cases at Identity Week Europe 2023 in Amsterdam next week (13-14 June).
Our editor, catches up with Rahul Parthe, Co-founder and Technology lead, at TECH5. You can meet them at Booth #264.
We asked TECH5:
What factors have helped TECH5 achieve a top tier NIST ranking for face, fingerprint and iris recognition technologies?
What is your experience in developing foundational and functional IDs?
How do you ensure interoperability with government systems and data privacy?
How can we combat inherent bias within biometric technologies?
Is TECH5 innovating the future of biometrics?
What do you hope to get from attending Identity Week Europe?
Daniel Goldscheider, Founder of the Open Wallet Foundation speaks to Identityweek.net ahead of his panel discussion on identity and digital wallets at Identity Week Europe. He acknowledges that technology innovation has entered a new state of play with the combination of crypto, bitcoin and our valuable digital credentials with wallets.
The foundation is extremely valuable in the field and focuses on the development of open standards to underpin the variety of commercial wallets solutions available from vendors like Google and Apple.
The interview discusses the pros and cons of competition within the wallet market as the largest technology vendors capitalise on the new revenue opportunity. Our Editor, Evie Kim Sing, asks whether so many different wallets contributes to innovation or is detrimental to interoperability and compliance with open standards.
The fragmentation of their design and development impacts the security of wallets while customers are being encouraged to store all their digital, identity and payments credentials in one place. Daniel gives his take on how the security design of these wallets will be navigated by vendors as a challenge to adoption.
Asked whether every sector is taking a stake in the wallets, he said:
“Some people in the (identity) industry think wallets are about digital identity. People in the credit card world would say digital identity wallets are important because they hold tokenised credit and debit cards. The wallets are all of these use cases and so much more – holding everything from academic to healthcare credentials, digital keys to cryptocurrencies”.
The interview covers:
What is the role of associations/foundations in the field? How has the Open Wallet Foundation evolved and what is the added value in participating?
How have ISO versus open standards evolved?
Do sectors like finance or government need to take a bigger stake in identity wallets, with payment or digital credentials?
Do you think the competition of different wallets is beneficial for innovation or is detrimental to interoperability?
What is the current standard of security in wallets? How can they be made more secure?
Daniel will be speaking more on the theme of verification for wallets on Day 2 at Identity Week Europe 2023, which will take place at the RAI, Amsterdam from 13-14 June.
With experience leading large organisations, Dan Yerushalmi is a suitable fit to be AU10TIX’s new CEO. We caught up with him since his takeover to take the reins of the business to discuss what a future-forward direction would look like.
The challenge of being AU10TIX’s new CEO appealed to him, he said, because it offered huge “opportunity” amid the rapid advancements of digital transformation which accelerated noticeably at the onset of the pandemic.
AU10TIX’s new leader main focus is on continuing to weather the turbulence caused to businesses by the pandemic and exceed demand that remains sky-rocket high to identify 8.5 million people around the world today and in the future .
The potential for digital identity to verification secure, trusted identities is unlimited and AU10TIX is poised to be the provider providing accurate results to win the market.
World Bank data sets in the last few years have magnified the sheer volume of people who simply cannot prove who they are. While the stark figure of 1 billion people living without an ID has decreased to around 850 million, UNDP is involved with partners on a collaborative vision for legal identity.
Niall McCann, of the UNDP, discusses the downstream of consequences that not having a legal form of ID has on their daily lives and accessibility to services.
“A birth certificate is the gold standard of legal identity and the priorities should always be to register people at the closest point to their birth as possible”.
Niall shared the UNDP’s scepticism about prioritising the issuance of identity documentation for adults because there should be holistic approach for the whole lifecycle from birth to death.
The UN Legal Identity project also makes a real difference in third countries like Honduras where the programme is focused on providing identity visibility for displaced peoples, minorities, refugees, the LGBTQI+ community and people with disabilities.
This interview is with Robert Tappan, Association Executive, International Biometrics & Identity Association who recently refuted claims from some US senators that biometrics used by the Transport Security Association are invasive, anti privacy-preserving, bias and contributing to the idea of “surveillance” with new technologies. The IBIA is an advocacy and educational organisation representing the biometrics and identity technologies industry.
The questions included:
Why do you think the terms “surveillance” and “identity verification” have been conflated? What are the perceptions of facial biometrics? True or not?
Is there evidence at all to suggest face verification technology is being used in the wrong way to invade privacy?
Talking to some vendors, some say there are some inherent biases in the level of technology that are being mitigated. Do you disagree that bias in biometrics now exists?
What are the differences between surveillance and verification that you suggested in your comments?
How do these claims/ beliefs affect trust?
Describe the level of progress in America with biometric deployments and are some unfounded beliefs that biometrics are ‘threatening our democracy’ derailing progress?
“We believe a collaborative approach is foundational to supporting digital identity and an ecosystem around it”.
Identity Week America was a thriving hub of industry thought-leaders, and we were fortunate enough to interview and glean further insights from many of our amazing speakers when they stepped off the stage.
In this interview, Joni Brennan is sharing her insight into collaborative digital identity ecosystems to transform the way people transact in every area of their everyday lives. Digital identity for citizens is not ‘one size fits all’ but interoperability in the sense of exchanging trust information is crucial to creating secure verification.
How we close the gap between physical and digital identities is a common question among the industry that resurfaced again at Identity Week America 2022.
In this interview, Stephanie Schuckers talks about the development of biometric technology that has bridged real physical identities and the digital world while not replacing established verification methods. Biometric technology is additional benefit for enhancing certain use cases such as, blocking access to pornography websites, securing streamlined travel journeys and validating someone’s credentials to work or rent. The CIDER research centre is researching how to balance the performance of biometrics through machine learning (AI) and balancing data sets to ensure that different groups have a similar experience of the technology without being disadvantaged by inherent and technological bias.
Indicio helps companies build trusted digital ecosystems that allow for the secure and privacy-preserving exchange of valuable information without correlation.
CEO, Heather Dahl says: “The development towards trusted identity ecosystems using verifiable credentials and decentralised identity in the past two years – the trajectory, by the minute and by the day, has been growing.”
There are some fascinating use cases being deployed but our work recently with SITA, the global aviation technology provider, has leveraged verifiable credentials to issue the digital traveller credential, to move the information we all carry through the seamless passenger journey and share with the airport, airline, hospitality providers and government.
“If we are moving to zero trust framework we need to be using decentralised identity”.
Our Age Assurance track at Identity Week Europe 2023 is populating nicely full of specialists in tackling online harms with regulation, certification, age verification technologies and the media.
Ofcom, ACCS, Consult Hyperion and AVPA follow a dynamite speech from OnlyFans about the importance of age verification in our online spaces and how identity can be used to ensure safety, security, and privacy. The first edition of Identity Week Europe in Amsterdam will noticeably move the debate among the identity ecosystem on from theories and strategies, to actual deployment of biometric assurance technologies to keep children safe online and establish accurate identities.
With four months to go until Identity Week, IdentityWeek.net secured an exclusive opportunity to interview Tony Allen, Chief Executive of the Age Check Certification Services who is participating in two panel sessions on countering ‘Online Harms with Age Assurance’, as well as ‘Utilising Digital ID in Finance’.
The questions we proposed to him included:
What standards govern age verification/biometric technologies for use, and what improvements need to be made to the certification process/standards?
Are we seeing demand rising for identity/age verification technologies to protect children from harm?
How important is interoperability between key parties these systems and relationships between vendors, social media networks, adult sites or advertising sites to ensure robust age restrictions are maintained online or offline?
Who is responsible for trust – solution providers, certification bodies, standards/ frameworks/ laws governing what technologies make it to the marketplace, or a combination?
What excites you about speaking at Identity Week Europe in June? What topics will be high on the agenda?
A fascinating discussion that preempts important stakeholder talks to be held at the event around physical deployment and proactivity to implement digital trust and privacy frameworks. He makes asserted statements about the need for more frameworks and certification standards governing vendor solutions that exist but do not satisfy the foundations to continue real applications of biometric and age assurance technology.
Of course, he says, we are seeing more risk online, especially for children, which should warrant action and steer use cases.
The responsibility for trust is squarely on the solution provider that needs to attain certification and adhere to the frameworks that organisations like the ACCS build upon.
Showcasing at Identity Week Europe 2022, WSO2 is a software vendor that specialises in providing technologies that help businesses in their digital transformation initiatives, specifically focused on Identity and access management integration and customer ID credential access service. Their products are derived from an open-source heritage and are API driven to generate productivity and efficiencies within businesses. Geethika Cooray, Vice President at WSO, passed by the Identity Week booth at the show to discuss key trends in a growing market of B2B customer access management.
Stepping off the stage from delivering a keynote presentation at Identity Week Europe 2022, Hannah Rutter spoke about the impact that digital identity should have to improve people’s lives while protecting their data privacy and make it easier for businesses to interact with their customers seamlessly.
The digital revolution is making secure verification processes possible through a full digital journey without interruptions to carry out face-to-face checks, sparking innovation to kick-start productivity in the UK economy.