Jeremy Grant

Managing Director of Technology Business Strategy; Venable LLP
Jeremy Grant brings more than 20 years' experience at the intersection of identity, privacy, and cybersecurity, having served in a range of leadership positions spanning government and industry.

He serves as Venable's Managing Director of Technology Business Strategy and is a member of the firm's eCommerce, Privacy, and Cybersecurity Group. In this role, he works with clients to develop growth strategies, identify and exploit market trends, and advise on policy impacts across the IT, cybersecurity, identity, and payments sectors.Most recently, Jeremy worked as a Managing Director at The Chertoff Group. Before that, he established and led the National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), housed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); NSTIC was the first new cybersecurity program launched by the Obama administration. There he led the administration’s activities across private and public sectors to drive a marketplace of more secure, privacy-enhancing identity solutions for online services. He also served as NIST’s Senior Executive Advisor for Identity Management.Before leading NSTIC, Jeremy was the Chief Development Officer for government services consulting firm ASI Government. He spent three years with Washington Research Group as a market analyst focused on identity, cybersecurity, and government technology. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President for Enterprise Solutions at MAXIMUS, where he led the division's Security and Identity Management practice, playing a major role in a number of major federal identity and security programs. Jeremy began his career as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, drafting legislation laying the groundwork for the Department of Defense and civilian agency smart card and PKI efforts. Jeremy brings a diverse background and deep understanding of business, technical, policy, and finance issues around identity, privacy, and cybersecurity.Jeremy also serves as Coordinator of the Better Identity Coalition, an organization focused on developing and advancing consensus-driven, cross-sector policy solutions that promote better solutions for identity verification and authentication. He also serves as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Identity Management Standards Advisory Council (IMSAC), and on the advisory board of the European Payment Summit and Omidyar Network’s digital identity initiative.

Jeremy's Sessions

Thursday, June 27
5:35 - 6:15 pm
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.

Wednesday, June 26
2:00 - 2:50 pm
Entrepreneurs, Data, and Privacy: A Race to the Top
The use of personally-identifiable information (PII) by technology firms has become the subject of considerable policy debate. Firms see it in their economic interest to collect the data in order to sell higher-priced, more targeted ads, to potentially improve service delivery, or to become an acquisition target. To differentiate themselves against competitors such firms may collect even more PII in more intrusive ways. This data allows firms with access to PII to identify individuals with high resolution. As more firms have collected more PII, and awareness of abuses by a small fraction of firms has risen, a backlash to the tech sector has grown, effectively creating a “race to the bottom” in which the entire industry collectively loses. In March Omidyar Network intends to kick off the process to support, encourage and incentivize entrepreneurs to take a different path - a Race to the Top. We believe that an increased focus on models that enhance user control, individual empowerment and provide for privacy can lead to a virtuous cycle of innovation that is good for business and good for people. At the Identiverse conference in June ON proposes to illustrate the concept with a panel discussion and to introduce two toolkits to operationalize Race to the Top: a framework to support early-stage VCs as they consider potential investments in entrepreneurs that manage PII, and a toolkit for entrepreneurs themselves. The panel will include other examples of entrepreneurs and investors who model the principles and practices described in Race to the Top.

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