Modern Digital Identity: Plumbing, Policy, and Privacy


  • Gilad Rosner


  • Drummond Reed
  • John Torpey
  • Emma Lindley
  • Jan Möller

Organisation: IoT Privacy Forum

Room: Online 2

Timing: 17:15 - 18:30 on 29 January 2021

The field of digital identity management (IDM) lives at the intersection of standards, commerce, engineering, policy, privacy and security. In the early 2000s, IDM was identified as a critical space in which to enact privacy values. At the same time, federated identity was evolving and growing, and e-IDs were rolling out across Europe. The appearance of social logins, like Facebook, Google and Twitter, heralded a major change in citizen identity – government agencies no longer held the monopoly on authoritative identity credentials. Now, the latest evolution in identity management is self-sovereign ID, which attempts to recreate authoritativeness through math and decentralized systems. New IDM protocols also show what’s possible in terms of actively shaping personal data flows. This panel will explore the architectures of current digital identity systems, delving into their commercial, policy, and sociological dimensions.

• What is the current state of digital identity?
• What are the relationships between self-sovereign ID, e-ID, and federated ID?
• How do commercially-derived identity and ‘official’ identity contrast?
• What can the sociology of identity papers tell us about what’s at stake in digital identity?


Gilad Rosner

IoT Privacy Forum (ES)

Gilad Rosner is a privacy and information policy researcher, and founder of the non-profit IoT Privacy Forum. Gilad’s work is focused on identity management, privacy governance and emerging technologies. Gilad is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, and the Advisory Group of Experts convened to support the forthcoming review of the OECD Privacy Guidelines. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, and the co-founder of Eleos, a consultancy providing ethics and privacy services to companies deploying emotion analytics.


Drummond Reed

Evernym (US)

Drummond has spent over two decades in Internet identity, security, privacy, and governance. He joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after Evernym acquired Respect Network, where he was co-founder and CEO. At the W3C he is co-editor of the DID (Decentralized Identifiers) specification. At the Trust over IP Foundation, Drummond is a member of the Steering Committee and co-chair of the Governance Stack Working Group. At the Sovrin Foundation, he serves as co-chair of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group.

John Torpey

CUNY Graduate Center (US)

John Torpey is Presidential Professor of Sociology and History and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is author, among numerous other titles, of The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2000; 2nd ed., 2018).

Emma Lindley

Women in Identity (UK)

Emma Lindley is an independent advisor, speaker and writer in identity. She is co-founder of Women in Identity a not-for-profit organisation focused on developing talent and diversity in the identity industry. Emma also serves on the editorial board for Good ID, the movement towards ethical and humanitarian principles in the field of digital identity. She has been recognised in the Innovate Finance Powerlist for Women 2016 and 2017, KNOW Identity Top 100 leaders in Identity in 2017, 2018 and 2019, 100 Women in Tech Awards 2019, and was voted CEO of the year at the KNOW Identity Awards. She has an MBA from Manchester Business School and completed her thesis in Competitive Strategy in the Identity Market.

Jan Möller

German Ministry of Interior (DE)

Desktop Officer at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Construction in Germany. Worked in different fields from data protection, e-government, ID documents to digitisation strategy and digital sovereignty.