IdentityNORTH 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Summit
DINZ features on the programme of this Canadian event, with our Executive Director Andrew Weaver speaking on “Lessons from a pandemic – The importance of digital transformation”.
With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world we knew began changing at lightning speed. Each of us, our families, businesses, our governments were all forced to alter our “standard operating procedures,” and any sense of priorities and normal routines were paused or painfully abandoned.
However, amidst the hardships, upheaval and uncertainty, there is an opportunity. Canada must take pragmatic steps to build foundations for our lives that will leave us stronger, and more prepared for the future. Reducing our dependence on in-person transactions and physical signatures is a logical step forward. Digital ID and authentication is key.
If we reflect on the transactions that have ground to a halt or experienced unacceptable friction over the last two months, it’s easy to see that we need to work and think differently if we are to capture the benefits of a digital world.
We need to be able to share medical records and test results digitally, securely and privately to only the trusted recipients. We need to be able to digitally sign contracts, deeds, and wills with a trusted standard that we all recognize. We need to be able to trust the identity of our medical equipment suppliers or contract bidders, and app developers.
Canada needs a system for secure digital transactions to underpin our emerging digital lives and we needed it years ago. A proverb suggests that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.