IDnext meetup 2015 - a recap

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A new edition of the IDnext event took place on 15-16 April 2015. As this was already the fifth edition, the program committee had constructed an excellent program with various topics across the world of digital identity. Location of the IDnext event was the NH Leeuwenhorst conference center in Noordwijkerhout. At the same location, the NVVB (Dutch Association of Civil Services) took place, and on the second day, there was a joint plenary program.

On the opening day of the IDnext event, Robert Garskamp (founder of IDnext platform) welcomed the attendees of this year’s event. Giving an overview of the last five years (e.g., speakers, topics) was set as a start of this event with a starting keynote speaking slot for Jerry Fishenden. Jerry (chair UK Government’s Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group) gave insight into the UK government identity initiatives from a past, present and future perspective. Jerry concluded that the public sector should place the citizen at the centre and in control of their own data.

Our next speaker (and we’re glad she could join us) was Joni Brennan (executive director of Kantara Initiative) She started her keynote session about Identity as the “I” in IoT. She stated that identity management is critical for IoT. Because people are not things but will remain the important actors in our daily (and future) lives. Joni also mentioned the User Managed Access (UMA) protocol that enables key sharing and protecting options for accessing our data and provides a comprehensive platform approach. The last keynote speaker of the opening session was Ruben Hornbach. For those who didn’t know, Ruben is already integrated with the digital life, as he implemented a NFC chip into his arm. By means of this chip, he is able to connect with the world of the Internet of things. Opening the door of his room with his chip is (to him) very common. Ruben also spoke about new emerging technologies and how these impact our daily lives. By showcasing practical applications of futuristic devices, Ruben believes connecting both consumers and companies to the society of tomorrow. 

After the networking break, the breakout sessions started with identity of things track. Allessandro Festa (Dell) talked about BYOI (Bring Your Own Identity), from identity silos to multi-identity relationships. Because on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. Subsequently, Jurgen van der Vlugt (Maverisk) referenced to Your Things’ Es – Ich – Über-Ich. Jurgen mentioned a famous quote of Morpheus (within the Matrix movie) – You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it. The IoT track was completed by Bert van Beeck (Forgerock) for whom identity is at the center of everything. Bert mentioned the identity of things for Smart Cities like San Francisco where traffic controllers, air pollution sensors and flood sensors are the tentacles of a hybrid identity and access management service.

In parallel, the innovation is key track was started with Dr Nietfeld mentioning the Bio-pin. Bio-pin makes it possible to generate a unique e-ID via body unique material. In case you lose it, it is possible to generate a new unique ID with the same information. Irwin Oedayrajsingh Varma gave insight into JanusID, a comprehensive solution enabling a well-founded and easy approach to identity, privacy and trust for Internet transactions. It aims to serve consumers as well as businesses. Lucas Rijen (RDC inMotiv) was the last speaker of this track and gave insight into Mobi-ID that can be used as a corporate standard for identity and access management in the automotive world.


After lunch, the un-conference part of the IDnext event was scheduled. The un-conference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start the whole group of attendees will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda. The IDnext event is intended to help attendees find the time and space to talk with and learn from each other.

At the end of the un-conference program, the identity innovation award was presented to the best new concept or product in the field of digital identity. Winner of this year’s edition is Trulioo. Trulioo provides a robust service for online verification of identities. Trulioo customers have access to over 140 data sources to rate the identities of 3 billion people in more than 40 countries at their true value.

Besides Trulioo, two other innovation solutions were nominated for the identity innovation award. Moby Face offers a cost-effective and safe solution for out-of-band processing on the basis of strong authentication. Bio-pin makes it possible to generate a unique e-ID via body unique material. If you lose it, it is possible to generate a new unique ID with the same information.

At the end of this day, David Goodman (executive director eema) gave an inspiring closing keynote presentation about identifying the future. David stated that identity concerns have grown organically, unpredictably and without any clear strategy. Therefore, David gave his thoughts about what would be the relationship between identities that people construct, express and consume online and offline. This long day was concluded by an informal networking party for the IDnext and NVVB attendees.

On day two, IDnext and NVVB had a joint plenary program. After the opening bij Humerto Tan, a short introduction was given bij Dagmar Winkelhorst (vice-chairman NVVB) and by Robert Garskamp (founder Idnextplatform) summarizing the first day and the highlights of the second day. Opening keynote speaker Hans van der Stelt (director of National Commisaris Agency of the Dutch Government) gave an insight into the Digital 2017 program of the Dutch Government. Hans and his team are responsible for the realisation and effective use of the Generic Digital Infrastructure (GDI). Hans remarked that making digital transactions with the Dutch Government should be secure, reliable and simple. It is clear that the goals of the program are ambitious but nevertheless not something to evade.

Subsequently, Joost van der Vleuten (policy officer within DC connect of European Commission) gave his insights into the European developments. Joost mentioned that the Netherlands is doing well on the Digital agenda, ranking third among EU countries after Sweden and Denmark. Still, one of the weaknesses of the Netherlands is a lack of electronic invoicing and online sales. Creating unity and making decisions on the various topics of Digital agenda with 28 different governance models is still a challenge, Joost concluded.

After that, a special guest of IDnext event was Marie Johnson (managing director and chief digital officer central for digital business Pty limited). Marie gave a description of the digtitalisation in Australia and of several strategies that were chosen to keep updated. An identity crime report for 2014 defined that identity fraud costs the Australian economy more than 1.6 billion Australian dollars per year. Digitalisation of the identities of natural persons and organisations in Australia (with more than 23 million inhabitants) is in progress, but numerous transactions with the Australian Government are still being processed on paper. Marie gave an example about how anyone starting a hairdressing salon needs more than 27 forms before they can actually open this shop. Menno Lanting concluded this joint plenary program with his view on organisations and how to change. According to Menno, the most dangerous sentence is “We’ve always done it this way.”

In between the presentations, a drone was given away by the Oxford Computing Group (OCG) one of the sponsors of Idnext, and won by one of the attendees who left their cards at the OCG booth.

Right after lunch, breakout sessions started on various themes. For instance, eCitizen (which will provide citizens with their digital identity) with Freek van Krevel (Ministry of Economic Affairs) speaking about the regulation regarding electronic identities and trusted services from a national perspective. Erik van Zuuren (Trustcore) spoke about the Flemish Governmental situation and its eIdentity Foundations. Bernadette Verberne (Manager ICT of the Royal Notary Association ) was the following speaker, talking about reliable digital identification in which the notary can play an obvious role. She also spoke about the development of the NotarisID trust framework to solve problems such as identification, authentication and reduction of liability.

After a short break, Rob Laurence (Innovate identity) and Bart Renard (Vasco) concluded this track. Rob gave his view on digital economy or Citizen management. Bart put the national eID scheme at the center stage in supplying trusted digital identities. Parallelly, in the social consumer track (about developments of the social consumer/end user), Eefje van der Harst (Surfnet) and Nick Smaling (Deloitte) gave their presentations about secure access to cloud applications for higher education and research. Together with his colleague Marcel van Kleef, Nick envisioned the future of digital identity: how attributes will replace credentials, and he gave a preliminary result of the survey conducted by Deloitte and IDnext. Hugh Steed (Experian) talked about the hidden dangers of data breaches (and their value) when the average customer has 26 online accounts and an average of only 5 passwords to protect them.

Privacy is indepensable in the world of digital identity. The private eye track (privacy is not clear-cut information anymore) includes presentations of Jelte Jansen (SIDN) about the privacy framework of DNS Big Data applications and Erwin Bomas (Kennisnet) about whether the student should be central in a user-centric identity world and promoting the UMA standard (initiated by Kantara initiative) as being requisite.

This concluded two full days of sharing knowledge, experience and networking between experts of digital identity Once again, we would like to thank our partners to make this event happen. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do this.

All presentations of the IDnext’15 event are available and can be requested via susanne(a)idnext.eu.