Presentation at RSA Conference Europe

November 1, 2007 at 7:53 pm 1 comment

Last week I presented “Government As A Privacy-Protective Identity Provider: The New Zealand Case” at RSA Conference Europe.

Coverage in Infosecurity “RSA Europe 2007: Kiwis felt ID cards wouldn’t fly” was positive and probably reflected the UK perspective. The article also appeared in ComputerWeekly.

At the start, I asked the audience to take one of two extreme positions on privacy. The first one was along the lines of privacy being over-hyped; privacy is dead so get over it. The other extreme was to regard privacy as the hallmark of a civilised society, a cherished goal worth fighting for. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the large majority of the audience were in the latter camp. The natives were friendly!

The timing of the presentation was fortuitous as the two sessions that I attended before mine turned out to be part of my problem statements.

The first was a panel discussion “Pandora’s Box: Youth and the Internet” which saw the panel call on governments and/or others to provide a reliable way for social networking sites (such as Bebo and MySpace) to verify peoples’ age online so that they could better protect kids. Overall, sounded reasonably like my A solution for Web 2.0 identity angle.

The second one “Making Policy Popular: Security, Privacy, Trust and Consumer Confidence in Government Systems” by Toby Stevens used UK’s national identity card project as an example of the problems faced by governments in conceptualising and implementing major IT projects.

On both accounts, the work being done in NZ was on the mark.


Entry filed under: authentication, government, identity, ID_cards, igovt, NZ, personal_info, privacy, strategy, trust, UK, Web_2.0.

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