Everyone knows the old adage about how on the internet no one knows you’re a dog. As we move government towards more digital, we’re less concerned about whether you’re a dog, but more concerned about which dog you are, and how can we make sure we’re providing you the right services.
There’s an interesting convergence around the need to identify people but also for people to maintain anonymity and sense of privacy when online. That’s where the Identity Conference comes in, tackling this modern day conundrum:
“How then can we maximise the benefits and minimise the risks around identity and privacy in our increasingly digitised and connected ways of living, working, socialising, shopping, and playing?”
For me, it’s about getting the conversation right about identity in a digital world, balanced with the concerns and challenges of respecting people’s privacy.
In my role as the General Manager of Digital Transformation at the Department of Internal Affairs, I’ll be presenting on the subject of service transformation. No doubt I’ll explain why we think RealMe is vital to this transformation and how it can play the role of a key, a passport and a curtain when it comes to proving and protecting your identity online.
But I’m also there to listen. In government, it can be very easy for us to think narrowly based on what we want to achieve but it’s important to get broad and open dialogue going.
The Identity Conference provides the ideal platform to bring together world-leading global and local thinkers. There will be academics and researchers there, as well as the ‘digirati’ and government.
I’m personally looking forward to have my mind expanded by being around all the smart thinkers in this space, and I’ll be doing my best to also contribute to the discourse. I intend to be there for the full two days to soak up all I can. I’d love it if you came to talk to me about transformation of government digitally. There’s a lot to do!
Richard Foy is the General Manager of Digital Transformation at the Department of Internal Affairs. He wrote this guest post for us to highlight what he hopes to get out of the Identity Conference on 18-19 May 2015. For more information about the Identity Conference, visit the conference website or the conference page on our website.