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Digital Identity New Zealand

July Newsletter – Digital Identity in action


Kia ora readers,

Digital Identity NZ is now just over seven months old, and we are starting to see some of the groundwork transforming into wider engagement and action.  Reaction to our recent research has been insightful and is helping to inform our plan of action.  New Zealanders desire (and indeed, deserve) a greater level of transparency when it comes to the handling of their identity data, and the organisations who are using that data are recognising the need to shift their paradigms from a wholesale collection of data to a model that gives people meaningful choice and control.

These themes were prevalent in our workshop in Wellington in June, which was kindly hosted by BNZ and facilitated by the Mattr team.  The day saw us explore how collaboration on standards can accelerate our action, as well as identifying a bunch of opportunity use cases, and highlighting the importance of education and common language.  The outputs from that workshop will be picked up by our Design, Discover and Drive working groups. Please get in touch if you want to be involved.

Many of you participated in our joint FinTechNZ and Digital Identity NZ discussions which looked at how having a well-designed digital identity ecosystem can provide more transparency across the Financial Services Sector.  Both of the Bell Gully Wellington and Auckland venues were packed, and we were delighted (and challenged) with the range of insightful questions and engagement.  Stay tuned for more such events in the coming months. We have plans for similar sessions looking at healthcare and education.

The digital identity theme is being picked up in a number of industry conferences, and we are excited to be involved in some of these, both here and overseas.  We participated in the recent Seamless Asia conference in Singapore, and have also been invited to speak at the third NextBigTech Asia in Kuala Lumpur in September.

On the local front, early bird registrations for the Identity as taonga: Identity Conference 2019 (26 – 27 August, Wellington) have been extended until Friday 26 July. Digital Identity NZ is proud to be a partner of this event and we urge you to attend. There is a compelling programme planned, with Kashmir Hill, Nigel Latta and Tahu Kukutai included amongst the keynote speakers. You can register here.

We’re also excited to be involved in the Core uLearn conference with over 1500 educators from throughout New Zealand. We will be exploring digital identity in the context of citizenship. Click here to watch interviews with the keynote speakers.

Finally, save the date the NZ Digital Identity Summit which will be held on 16 October at Te Papa in Wellington.  Stay tuned for release of programme highlights in the next couple of weeks.

Ngā Mihi,

Andrew Weaver
Executive Director

Early bird registrations close on Friday

Kiwis’ digital privacy must be protected

News and Reports 

Highlighting the importance of design and effective collaboration, the UK parliament has released a reportlabelling the flagship Verify programme ‘not fit for purpose’.

Passwords are the weakest defensein a zero trust world.  Forbes have pulled together a useful summary of some of the latest insights on the impact of passwords in an increasingly complex ecosystem.

Microsoft have announced a preview of decentralised digital identity capability developed in conjunction with the Decentralized Identity Foundation.

Fujitsu has developed adigital identity exchange technology that uses blockchain to prove reputation and improve trust in validating a user.

Upcoming Events

There are opportunities for Digital Identity NZ members to support and participate in the 2019 Digital Identity Summit on 16 October at Te Papa, in Wellington. Please contact Nick Eliasfor more information on how your organisation can get involved.

Digital Identity NZ Executive Director Andrew Weaver is facilitating a panel about Digital Citizenship in Aotearoa at the Core uLearn Conference, 9 – 11 October in Rotorua.

Tech Alliance Events and Information

Join the AI Forum’s discussion on increasing AI adoption tonight in Wellington and 30 July in Auckland.  

Attend Tackling the Mental Health Crisis with Technology on 31 July in Auckland.  

The Indo-Pacific Dialogue: Beyond 2020  is happening on 15 August in Auckland.

Register your interest for the 2019 NZ Cyber Security Summit,  16 October in Wellington.

Entries for the Deloitte Fast 50 close on 2 August.

Massey’s ecentre Innovation Showcase 2019 is 8 August in Auckland.

NZSA is calling for entries to its annual An Angel at my Table pitching event on 13 August.

Join Canterbury Tech on 13 August to discuss digital transformation.

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.

If you would like to know more about joining Digital Identity NZ, the benefits and membership categoriescheck out our joining page.

Digital Identity New Zealand A purpose driven, inclusive, membership funded organisation, whose members have a shared passion for the opportunities that digital identity can offer. Digital Identity NZ supports a sustainable, inclusive and trustworthy digital future for all New Zealanders.