Identity in a Digital World: Adjusting for Reality, Security, and Privacy

For much of history, our identity has been designed for an analog world, based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents. But in a world increasingly governed by digital transactions and data, our existing methods for managing the security and privacy our identity credentials are proving inadequate.

To explore this complex issue, the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) has launched “Identity in a Digital World,” a free monthly global forum through its Global Scholars Program (GSP). Our goal is to gather leading-edge, practical, and applied learning on the topic of Digital Identity and the implications for business and management.

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger, CGE Fellow and former IBM Vice President of Technical Strategy and Innovation, will lead the forum and guide its curriculum.

Please see below to register for upcoming forums or to view previous sessions.

Contact Henry Vido with any questions: [email protected]


Upcoming: The Role of Financial Institutions in Building Digital Identity

Thursday, 6 December, 2018
9:00 am – 10:00 am EST

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In 2016, The World Economic Forum produced one of the first reports to explore digital identity and the role financial institutions could play in the creation of robust, global digital identity systems. On Dec. 6, R. Jesse McWaters, lead author of the World Economic Forum (WEF) report, A Blueprint for Digital Identity, will discuss a framework for digital identity systems and why financial institutions should lead the development of new systems.


Previous Session: Better Identity in America: A Blueprint for Policymakers

Thursday, 25 October, 2018
9:00 am – 10:00 am EST

The Better Identity Coalition was launched earlier this year with a charter to develop and advance consensus, cross-sector policy solutions that promote the development and adoption of better solutions for identity verification and authentication. Formed in the wake of the Equifax breach – at a time when policymakers were looking for solutions to address the weaknesses of legacy digital identity verification tools – the Coalition has brought together leading firms from sectors including financial services, health care, technology, telecommunications, fintech, payments, and security.

The Coalition’s “Blueprint for Policymakers” was released in July and lays out a five-point action plan for the government to improve the security, privacy, and convenience of identity solutions for all Americans. Jeremy Grant – who leads the Coalition – will review the highlights of the Blueprint and the broader set of challenges that are impacting the digital identity market in the U.S.


Previous Session: Lessons Learned Creating India’s Aadhaar Digital ID Program
Thursday, 27 September, 2018

India’s Aadhaar initiative is the first and largest digital identity system implemented on a national scale. Since 2009, 1.2 billion people have enrolled in the biometric ID program, which provides citizens with an “identity infrastructure” for financial inclusion and the delivery of social services, as well as helps the Indian government save over $8 billion annually.

Dr. Ram Sewak Sharma is Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the founding CEO of India’s Aadhaar ID project from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Sharma will share management lessons, the fiscal benefits of Aadhaar and efforts by the Indian government to monetize the data created by its citizens.


Previous Session: An Introduction to Digital Identity
Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Our inaugural Forum featured Thomas Hardjono, technical director for the MIT Internet Trust Consortium. Mr. Hardjono, co-author of Trust::Data: A New Framework for Identity and Data sharing, provided an overview of complex issues surrounding Digital Identity and the growth of a new asset class: Personal Data. Mr. Hardjono leads technical projects and initiatives around identity, security and privacy in emerging technologies such as IoT, smart contracts and blockchain systems. He is co-author of Trust::Data: A New Framework for Identity and Data sharing.  View


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