[Dave Birch] Announcing the eighth annual Digital Identity Forum in London on November 20th and 21st 2007. The event, sponsored by CoreStreet and CPP with support from ACI Worldwide, will be held at The Clink in Southwark. This year the Forum will be structured around four main areas:

  1. Who Needs Digital Identity? And what do they need it for? As a first step on the road to safe and effective e-business, e-government, e-health and e-everything else, let’s try and analyse and understand what the “identity problem” actually is so that we can work out what to do about it in at 21st century context.
  2. Understanding Context. What should decision makers look at when surveying the technology landscape? New standards and schemes? New networks and devices? New structures and models? This session will help you to map out that landscape and understand how CardSpace and OpenID, NFC and EMV fit together.
  3. The Identity Utility. The discussions around identity cards, identity for the mass market and the business case for identity are stuck because of limited models and the vision around them. A new vision, however, with some promise can be founded on a utility-based approach which will be explored in this session.
  4. Authentication is the new Content. If digital identity does indeed begin to transform the mass market, then one of the consequences might be that authentication takes are pivotal role in the value network. In which case, it’s good to start planning to take advantage of it now. Who could play in that market?

The Digital ID Forum will continue its tradition of developing the debate around the future of identity by bringing together informed and expert perspectives to stimulate discussion, thinking and ideas. Here’s what people said about it last year…

an exceptionally good conference this week…

the quality of the speakers, the audience and the debate (and the food!) was fantastic…

very stimulating conference yesterday and today – the formal content and the networking were excellent…

a great day as usual…

the key benefits were the networking opportunities which are facilitated by such a wide-ranging programme.

The detailed agenda will be available from the Forum web site at the end of this month. This year we will have representatives from organisations ranging from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Identity and Passport Service to Visa Europe and Garlik, once again ensuring first-class debate, high-speed learning and stimulating new ideas in equal measure.
We’re now taking the early bird bookings for this year’s Digital Identity Forum. If you go to the web site and book before 20th September, you’ll get £50 off, meaning that two full days of discussion and debate at the leading edge of digital identity will cost a mere UKP395 + VAT. Once again, the Forum will be limited to 100 places so book now to avoid disappointment!
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event.

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Naturally, in the now traditional fashion, there’s a complementary delegate place up for grabs for the first person to reply in this thread with the name of the diocese that held jurisdiction over the “liberty of the clink”, the notorious medieval red-light district that surrounded the Clink prison, the venue for this year’s Forum. Also in now traditional fashion, the competition is open to all except for employees of Consult Hyperion, blogmeister Jane and members of my immediate family. Oh, and no-one can win more than one of these blog competitions per year.

These opinions are my own (I think) and are presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]


  1. Good comment…
    “…that authentication takes are pivotal role in the value network.”
    You may wish to familiarize yourself with how value networks are elaborated, visualized, analyzed and optimized. See:

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