Kia ora Readers,
Welcome to the first Digital Identity NZ newsletter!
We’re excited about the connections and collaborations that have already started in Digital Identity NZ, as well as the opportunity to meet some very clever people, passionate about making services more accessible and interactions more seamless.
Digital Identity NZ was formed to help New Zealand’s transformation as a digital nation, enabling people to safely identify themselves and participate in the economy more easily, with confidence and choice.
Our immediate focus is the setup and establishment of our three core working groups; Discover, Design and Drive. These working groups are the engine rooms of Digital Identity NZ activity. We have been speaking with each of our member organisations to make sure we are all engaged and in a position to benefit from, and contribute to, the working group activity. Each group has a dedicated Slack channel to aid in our collaborative efforts, and we encourage members to plug in and participate.
If you have any questions about the working groups, please contact me or the respective chairs:
- Discover – Kelvin Chandran (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Design – Katherine Noall (email@example.com)
- Drive – Mark Bird (Mark.Bird@asb.co.nz)
You’ll be hearing more from each group in upcoming newsletters.
Did you know that 100 billion hours could be saved through streamlined e-government services alone? McKinsey have released a report Digital Identification: A Key to Inclusive Growth. It’s well worth a read and explores some of the ideas that are at the heart of the purpose of Digital Identity NZ. They conclude that, “The right digital ID technology, designed with the right principles and enforced with the right policies, can protect individuals from the risk of abuse and enable the safe inclusion of billions in the digital economy.”
We encourage you to join us in the conversation!
Digital Identity NZ
News and Reports
It is great to see our member Katherine Noall from Sphere Identity, featuring on the One World Identity global list of Top 100 influencers in Identity. These people are pioneers who are leading the charge to improve identity.
As NZ moves to roll out a national digital ID solution, read about what’s to be gained. Globally around 60 countries already have some form of digital ID program in place or underway.
Find out Why data, not privacy, is the real danger, ‘while it’s creepy to imagine companies are listening in to your conversations, it’s perhaps more creepy that they can predict what you’re talking about without actually listening’.
Learn how Poor Digital Identity systems may cost businesses $67.2 Million according to a benchmarking report released by Keyfactor, a leading provider of secure digital identity management solutions.
In international news, read about the latest credential stuffing attack and how Dunkin’ Donuts was hacked again.
Read about The path to a digital ID in New Zealand, there’s significant room to improve how identity data is handled online, and how much control individuals have in the process according to Accenture’s Justin Gray.
Register for our next event ‘Leveraging Blockchain for your Digital Identity’ in conjunction with BlockchainNZ and sponsored by IBM. Taking place in Wellington 14 March and Auckland 21 March, we’ve got some great speakers and panelists lined up.
Register for the 3rd annual All-of-Government NZ Digital Transformation summit, 14-16 Wellington. The summit is ideal for professionals from across Central Government, Local Government, Statutory Authorities, and DHB’s .
Save the date for Identity 2019, taking place 26-27 August in Wellington. Further information will be available soon. In the meantime, secure your accommodation with 15% off before 27 July.
Register before 8 March for a 50% discount off Seamless Asia 2019, nine events in one show, covering the future of payments, banking, identity, ecommerce and retail.
In Scotland the United Kingdom’s festival of data innovation, DataFest19 is taking place 11-22 March.
Tech Alliance Events and Information
Techweek19 (20-26 May) is now open for event submissions. Regional partnerships will ensure there are events celebrating tech and innovation, throughout the country. Head to the Techweek19 event portal to submit your event.
What does the future of New Zealand’s public sector look like? Register to attend the Future Government Summit, 26-27 February and help create a roadmap for the future.
Looking to network better with accelerators, funders, incubators and other businesses both locally and internationally? In April, Callaghan Innovation launches Scale-Up New Zealand, a free online platform with verified information on New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem. Learn more and register to be part of Scale-Up New Zealand.
There are only two weeks until entries close for the Hi-Tech Awards on 4 March. Check out the categories and submit your entry. There is also an opportunity for multi-nationals to be involved by showcasing their contribution to the New Zealand tech sector.
Contribute, Connect and Join
A regular feature of our newsletters will be a spotlight on members. We’re keen to share stories and highlight opportunities for collaboration. Please contact us to submit your story.