Webinar: Digital identity in the UK - a cross-sector perspective

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This session will bring together an expert panel, including senior representative from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to discuss the UK's evolving digital identity ecosystem. Join us for your opportunity to:

  • Explore the value of a digital identity system to both support the UK’s growing digital economy, and improve access to services for UK citizens 
  • Discuss how the sectors can work together to deliver potential benefits of effective digital identities; in terms of safeguarding privacy, and tackling online fraud
  • Learn how work on digital identities across the sectors relates to broader questions around data sharing and usage, and supports increased personalisation of service delivery and online experiences
  • Susannah Storey

    Director General for Digital and Media Policy

    Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    Susannah Storey became the Director General for Digital and Media Policy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in July 2019.
     
    Prior to this role, Susannah was Director General at the Department for Exiting the European Union. Before joining DExEU, she held a number of director roles at BEIS, DECC and UK Government Investments and a career in investment banking.

  • Professor John Domingue

    Director, Knowledge Media Institute

    The Open University

    John Domingue [1] is a Professor of Computer Science at the Open University, Director of the Knowledge Media Institute [2], the OU’s technology research and innovation centre, and the President of STI International [3], a semantics focused networking organization. He has published over 280 refereed articles (h-index 57) in the areas of semantics, the Web, distributed ledgers and eLearning. His current work focuses on how a combination of blockchain and Linked Data technologies can be used to process personal data in a decentralised trusted manner and how this can be applied in the educational domain [4]. Prof. Domingue currently serves as the leader of the first of five themes, on University Learners, for the £40M Institute of Coding [5] which aims to increase the number and diversity of computing graduates in the UK as well as enhancing the connection between university teaching and corporate training. Since January 2019, he has played a leading role in the EU funded QualiChain project [6] which has the aim of revolutionising public education and its relationship to the labour market and policy making by disrupting the way accredited educational titles and other qualifications are archived, managed, shared and verified, taking advantage of blockchain, semantics, data analytics and gamification technologies. Until February 2020 Prof. Domingue was also a key player in the European Blockchain Observatory [7] supporting the European Commission on road-mapping the future of this technology in a number of key sectors. February 2020 saw the start of a new EU project, DEL4All [8], where under Prof Domingue’s leadership the OU will aid in road-mapping how education will be transformed due to the impact of blockchains, AI, data and augmented and virtual reality technologies. In 2017 Prof Domingue’s research in blockchains and education was referenced in the Joint Research Centre Policy Report Blockchain in Education for the European Commission [9]. Prof. Domingue has given many talks on his work including at the Royal Institution in 2018 [10] and at TEDx [11]. Last year he became a Fellow of the British Blockchain Association [12]. Most recently his focus has centred on how the OU’s blockchain based platform could be applied for COVID-19 Anti Body Test and Vaccination certification which has attracted attention in the media [13].

 

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