10 Sep 2019
Session Block—Cybersecurity 12:40 - 13:00

Why don't we all have digital versions of the physical credentials, documents and cards that we use to prove who we are and what we're entitled to do? It seems to be an obvious question - perhaps so obvious that it hasn't been properly addressed before.

Why are our digital credentials limited to usernames and passwords, with the underlying data locked in closed silos that belong to others? The reason is that the Internet was designed to connect machines, not people.

None of us actually owns a digital identity. We simply 'rent' identities from each of the websites or apps we use, resulting in an inefficient, fraud-riddled, privacy-invading mess. Additionally, each organisation we interact with must store our personal information in massive databases. These 'silos' become gold mines to hackers and toxic liabilities for anyone obligated to store the data.

If we possessed our own digital credentials like we do our physical credentials, and they could be verified quickly and easily by anyone in the world, the Internet would be a very different place. No more usernames and passwords. No more lengthy forms to fill in. No more phishign. Trust would be achievable instantly between any two parties for any task, from opening a bank account to proving age to entering a country. There would be no more snooping on everything you do online, and privacy would be the default not the exception - for everyone, not just the privileged few. And the scope is not just limited to people. It extends to organisations and things that also need their own credentials and identities.

But this needs to be done without recourse to a single big-brother entity that sees everything.

In this talk, Andrew will describe what is being done to make this vision a reality. He'll describe the infrastructure and technical protocols being put in place to create a global trust ecosystem that can be used by every person, organisation and thing.

Managing Director EMEA


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