Adam Cooper

Director; Next ID Limited
Adam Cooper is an identity standards expert, policy lead, and enterprise architect with over 25 years of experience in IT and digital disciplines.

Adam is currently Chief Architect for ID2020 and a technical consultant to the World Bank ID4D programme, as well as acting in an advisory capacity for other international projects such as the MOSIP Modular Open Source Identity platform, the EU funded LIGHTest project and the Scottish Online Identity Assurance Programme.

Previously responsible for the overall technical architecture of the UK eID service, GOV.UK Verify, policy and technical leadership for the UK government with the eIDAS Regulation regarding cross-border eID in the European Union, and an expert contributor to multiple international standards bodies such as the BSI, ISO, OpenID Foundation, and W3C, Adam has a wide range of experience to draw upon.

Adam's Sessions


Thursday, June 27
5:35 - 6:15 pm
Monroe
Developing World Identity
Organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank have prioritized digital identity in the developing world in recent years – rallying around a UN “Sustainable Development Goal” to provide legal identity for all by 2030. The ability of robust digital identity infrastructure to empower individuals, protect their rights, and help them get more reliable access to services and benefits is unquestioned. Conversely, the more than one billion people across the globe lacking identity are some of the most vulnerable; if these new systems are not architected properly, there are scenarios where new identity systems might be used against them. This panel will discuss efforts to make sure that we get digital identity right in the developing world – exploring areas of promise, as well as some of the practical challenges involved with creating identity systems for those who do not have them today.

Thursday, June 27
5:00 - 5:25 pm
Monroe
Why Governments are still important even in a Self-Sovereign context
It’s always been true that identity is more to do with what other people say about you than what you say about yourself. Placing the user in control of their online identity means that we need the ability to reference authoritative sources of data related to those individuals. If we are to build that user centric and much needed version of Digital Identity then Self-sovereign identity, and its more modest Self-managed form, will need the support of Governments and population scale organisations to provide “trust” that relying parties can understand and consume. Governments will play a vital role in this model as they either hold or facilitate the major sources of “trust” that we use in everyday life. This presentation will explore the building blocks we need to move forward and how standards will play a part in ensuring global frameworks that the public and private sector can rely upon.

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