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Abandonment Of UK ID Card Scheme To Be Under Spotlight At E-Identity Management Conference

European E-Identity Management Conference : 31 May, 2010  (New Product)
The European e-Identity Management Conference which is taking place in London in June will examine the implication of the UK Government's decision to scrap the UK National ID Card Scheme
Following the announcement that the new coalition government is not going to continue with the introduction of a National Identity Register and national identity card programme, the European e-Identity Management Conference 2010 will consider what this means for the pan European initiative. The conference, which is run by eema, the European association for e-identity and security, in collaboration with OASIS (Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), will also look at progress made by other EU nations in creating secure, pan-European e-identity interoperability.

The programme for the conference brings together global experts in privacy, security and e-identity in London on the 9th and 10th June, with the two-day event seeking to answer more of the biggest new and ongoing questions surrounding e-identity in 2010 and beyond.

The conference will run across three concurrent tracks with more than 40 sessions hosted by leading International organisations including 3M, Oracle, Siemens, Microsoft and The Bank of America. Delegates will be encouraged to actively participate in a broad programme of panel discussions, roundtable sessions and focused workshops on the challenges and strategies for effectively managing government, employee, citizen and private identities.

The Chairman of eema, David Goodman and Chair of the OASIS IDTrust Member Section, June Leung, will open the conference on 9thJune, combined with an official welcome on behalf of the Mayor of London from Emer Coleman of the Greater London Authority.

"The European e-identity Management Conference consistently provides unique insights, healthy debate and out-of-the-box thinking. OASIS is pleased to partner again with eema on this event," says Leung. "We look forward to briefing delegates on new standard's activities underway, including the OASIS IDCloud Technical Committee, which has just begun work on defining profiles for identity deployment, provisioning and management in the cloud. Interest in IDCloud is high and we want to encourage European companies to actively engage in this effort. The decisions being made here will have tremendous international impact."

Leading delegates into the first panel session of the day, 'The three faces of identity', will be Head of Ethical Networks at Privacy International, Alexander Hanff; Head of Information Policy at the Ministry of Justice, Belinda Lewis, as well as Distinguished Engineer and Chief Identity Architect at Microsoft, Kim Cameron, who will all represent the ethical, legal and industry 'faces' respectively. Cameron, who is known as 'The Father of Identity', explains his choice to focus on Cloud Computing and identity, "Cloud computing will accelerate the move away from ad-hoc identity solutions toward an Identity Metasystem based on a converging suit of standards, such as SAML, WS*, Oauth and OpenID. We will look at the reasons and issues and examine the implications for citizens, governments and enterprises."

For the majority of the conference, delegates will be invited to take part in three tracks of identity round tables, discussions and panel sessions. Session highlights include: a panel discussion entitled, 'The identity business', which takes place on 9th June with contributions from Paypal, Barclays and IdenTrust; a cloud-based e-identity case study from Everett on 10th June and a keynote from 3M tackling e-identity on border control.

Representing 3M, Raoul D'Costa will look at how to build a high performance network whilst not compromising on high security standards. He comments, "e-identity cards are increasingly being favoured to replace existing photograph-based national identity cards throughout the world. These cards need to be verified to a significant degree of satisfaction in order to be useful. The verification of cryptographic features requires a resilient and secure infrastructure. I see this verification infrastructure becoming a part of the nation's critical national infrastructure in the future."

The European e-Identity Conference takes place on 9th and 10th June at Cardinal Place, 100 Victoria Street, London.

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