Privacy, Ethics, Public Policy & Governance

Deconstructing Digital Identity and Digital Rights

Tuesday, June 22
8:30am - 9:25am MDT

The pandemic has accelerated the roll-out and deployment of digital identity solutions, many of which rely on the use of sensitive personal data, advanced biometrics, and/or new and experimental technologies such as blockchain or distributed ledger technology. The pathway from vendor to end user is typically a matter of obscure procurement processes without much of any consultation of the public or civil society along the way. Moreover, even as privacy and data protection by design norms and standards are growing in popularity, most of these solutions are designed and implemented without due consideration for the fuller array of the individual and collective human rights at stake in the broader context of how the digital ID solution is ultimately deployed. This panel will examine some of the more ubiquitous solutions being deployed around the world and consider their human rights implications from the perspective of civil society organizations and actors. Co-presenters are TBC.