June 13
Andrew Hindle | Content Chair, Identiverse

Identiverse Content Countdown Series, Part 5: Privacy, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger

We’ve been covering blockchain and distributed ledger technologies and their place in the identiverse for a number of years. We’ve had in-depth discussions about privacy, self-sovereign identity, hashgraph and more.

The conversation has evolved quite a bit in the last few months. So in 2018, we’re taking a much more careful look into where distributed ledger technologies can help us solve identity problems in better—not just ‘new’—ways. We’ll also be looking into what new problems they might introduce, as well as bringing up some adjacent technologies that have some bearing on this area.

We’ll be touching on distributed ledger technologies in a number of sessions and master classes throughout Identiverse. Here are just a few highlights for you to look out for:

  • Privacy-preserving Authentication: Another Reason to Care about Zero-knowledge Proofs | June 25, 3:10-3:35pm | Clare Nelson, CEO at ClearMark Consulting
  • Dissecting Blockchain for the Practical Application to Identity | June 25, 3:50-4:15pm | David Thomas, CEO and Founder at Evident
  • A Holistic Risk Assessment of Blockchain for Identity | June 25, 4:25-4:50pm | Adam Migus, Owner and Principal at The Migus Group
  • Identity and the Blockchain | June 25, 5:00-5:25pm | Dan Ellis, Founder at
  • Master Class on the DID Universal Resolver | June 27, 3:30-4:20pm | Drummond Reed, Chief Trust Officer at Evernym and Markus Sabadello, Founder and CEO at DanubeTech

There is, of course, a close relationship between blockchain and privacy (although opinions differ wildly about what kind of relationship). Still, this is a good opportunity to also mention our privacy track. We’ve run this track for several years now. But new this year, we’re excited that Identiverse is approved by the IAPP for CPE credits, for holders of an IAPP certification. Here’s some of what our privacy track has in store for you:

  • Privacy: The Next Frontier for Identity | June 26, 9:30-9:55am | Giles Watkins, CEO at Pridium
  • Rendering the Value While Demonetizing Identity | June 26, 10:05-10:30am | Jenn Behrens, Partner and EVP of Privacy at Kuma and Adam Migus, Owner and Principal at The Migus Group
  • Spotlight on Europe: What PSD2 and GDPR Mean for Strong Authentication Adoption | June 26, 10:40-11:05am | Brett McDowell, Executive Director at FIDO Alliance
  • Don’t Pave Privacy Cow Paths: Retool Consent for the New Mobility | June 27, 9:30- 9:55am | Eve Maler, VP of Innovation and Emerging Technology at Forgerock
  • Legal Rules That Regulate Identity Systems; Their Role in Facilitating Trust and Interoperability | June 27, 10:05-10:30am | Thomas Smedinghoff, Of Counsel at Locke Lord LLP
  • When Identity Attacks – A Tale of Two Breaches | June 27, 10:40-11:05am | Josh Alexander, Director of Product Management at Salesforce

We’re also excited and honored to welcome Jonathan Zittrain to our main stage on Tuesday. Among other things, Jonathan is a George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and he sits on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has particular interests in battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography and electronic privacy. You won’t want to miss his keynote address, The Privacy Conundrum: Rights or Rewards? | June 26, 1:15-1:45pm.

Remember: Your full conference pass to Identiverse includes access to all our great keynotes, sessions and master classes, thoughtfully curated by a content committee comprised of subject-matter experts from across the industry. Plus, you also get priority access to recordings of all the sessions! And to top it off, you can also claim CPE credits for your CISSP (or other (ISC)2 qualification), and your IAPP certifications for attending Identiverse. And don’t forget, our awesome welcome reception and legendary closing party are included as well!

Check back with us in the next part of the countdown series as we finish the blog series with a roundup of tracks at Identiverse (or check out our last blog on identity standards and architecture sessions). If you haven’t reserved your spot, register today to join us June 24-27 in Boston, MA.


By Andrew Hindle

Content Chair, Identiverse


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