David will advocate that we need to make the attributes about an individual portable, (under their control) and available in a manner that means they can be trusted, understood in terms of their provenance and combined when and where they are needed to make something happen – all without effort from the individual in a safe and easy to use manner.

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SPEAKERS
David Alexander, Chief Executive, Co-Founder and Platform Architect of Mydex Data Services Community Interest Company

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AGENDA
18:00 – Registration
18:30 – Presentation
19:30 – Networking Session with refreshments
21:00 – Close

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SYNOPSIS
Do we have a clear definition of what a distributed identity is? Is it what those developing standards need it to be in order to enable understanding? Of course, there is not one standard there are many – all too often fighting each other or trying to solve different issues in different sectors and context. The fascination of one ring to rule them all has created decades of debate and frustration for citizens and organisations alike.

Or is it what the latest technology fashionistas want us to think of it as, some new emergent technology that is in development or being experimented with? The technology that will tear down decades of measured risk management driven approaches to issuing digital credentials and letting people have access to things they need or want to do and open things up to wider use and adoption in return for eye watering valuations of next gen technology that gets sold to the highest bidder in the latest dash for cash and status.

Or perhaps we need to start thinking about this from the perspective of the citizen who needs to interact with the world around them? They do not think in sectors or even organisations, they simple want to get things done. They are exhausted by the constant duplication of effort, the repetition and the need to prove almost endless list of things about themselves and their identity time and time again. The same can be said of people who work for organisations who need to prove they are entitled to act for a business. Real-world problems that currently have clunky solutions albeit considered secure and appropriate if you have spent a lifetime looking at this from the organisation, sector and state perspective.

This critical flaw in current thinking is that of an organisation or sector-centric approach or worse still a state-centric approach. One in which individuals are the subject of it and dependent on third parties to mint their identity if such a thing exists, trapping them in some form of dependency but all too often with limited utility and benefit. Common sense would suggest we need to stop trying to do it the same way, a way that is not working and holding back the digital economy and creating issues of digital exclusions and unforeseen consequences and imbalances of power.

David will advocate that we need to make the attributes about an individual portable, (under their control) and available in a manner that means they can be trusted, understood in terms of their provenance and combined when and where they are needed to make something happen – all without effort from the individual in a safe and easy to use manner. At its core we need to make attributes portable.

Above all this needs to be free to citizens forever and portable wherever they go and whenever they want to use it. This is a question of infrastructure, there is no market for identity in the traditional sense, the one obsessed with monetisation and cost-plus based barriers to access and trust.

Sadly, vested interests would have you believe this is not the right approach and unfortunately there is limited awareness of the viable alternatives which all too often get conflated with the latest sex and sizzle of some emergent tech or vendor.

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SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
David Alexander
David is the Chief Executive of Mydex CIC who run a digital trust platform supporting safe and secure collection, storage and distribution of verified personal data to underpin a diverse range of transactions across almost all spectrums of a citizens life including identity assurance, health and social care, public services, financial services, identity assurance, age verification, proof of entitlement and status.

Mydex CIC equips citizens with a personal data store and privacy protecting set of identity credentials both under their control and free for life so that they can be active participants in the digital economy independent of service providers across all sectors.

David is an advocate of person-centred design – a concept that places the individual at the centre, able to easily, safely and securely manage where, when and how their personal data and identity is used for what purposes. Enabling a distributed ecosystem increases security, flexibility and removes the threats in inherent in traditional organisational centric approaches.

In delivering distributed identity and data ecosystem Mydex is demonstrating that a “cost out” approach works with orders of magnitude in terms of friction and effort reduction, cost savings and risk reduction along with the ability to improve experience outcomes for all stakeholders.
Twitter handle: @dejalexander

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Distributed Identity, time to clarify what this means - IRMA SG
Date and time
9 April, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
1st Floor, The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London
England
WC2E 7HA
Price
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