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Online Identity Assurance – welcoming expert and stakeholder input

April 6, 2018 by No Comments

Some of Scotland and the UK’s leading minds on the issue of identity assurance have been brought together to support the delivery of the Online Identity Assurance (OIA) project.

The inaugural meeting of the OIA Expert Group on Thursday 29 March was one of two key gatherings that took place last week, as the end of the first phase of our work, which has been focussed on exploring in detail the challenge facing us, approaches.

The Expert Group has been developed to inform the design, direction and prioritisation of the online identity assurance programme. With expertise spanning academic, technical, legal, privacy, public sector and other specialisms, the group will assess the content and direction of the work being taken forward.

The Expert Group members are:

Gavin McLachlan (Chair), University of Edinburgh
Colin Birchenall, Local Government Digital Office
Abbe Brown, University of Aberdeen
Robert Clubb, Improvement Service
Adam Cooper, Independent Expert
Neil Campbell, Scottish Government Digital Directorate
Yvonne Dunn, Pinsent Masons
Jerry Fishenden, Independent Expert
Nicola Graham, SOCITM (Society for IT Practitioners in the Public Sector)
Ken Macdonald, Information Commissioner’s Office Scotland
Robert McKechnie, Equifax
Charles Raab, Director of Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy and University of Edinburgh
Matthew Rice, Open Rights Group
Hannah Rudman, Wallet Services
James Varga, The ID Company

The Group will meet again in the summer and a minute of the first meeting will be published shortly.

The Expert Group meeting followed a ‘Show and Tell’ the day before in Victoria Quay, where members of the project team discussed the preliminary findings and insights gained through our research so far. Valerie Carr, Project Director of We Are Snook, offered a detailed overview on the approaches that have been taken to explore the needs and attitudes of people who use services. You can watch her presentation here – check it out and please leave a comment if you have any questions.

The Show and Tell provided a platform for a lively two hours of discussion, with more than 50 stakeholders in attendance. The project team was thrilled with the results, which underlined the widespread interest in this work. If you use Twitter, check out the activity captured at #IdentityAssurance.

Guests at the Show and Tell take part in an interactive workshop

The team is now hard at work finalising dates for another round of meetings in coming months of our OIA Programme Board, Stakeholder Group and Expert Group, as well as finalising preparations for formally concluding the first phase of our programme.

Look out for another blog post in the very near future, to offer more insight on the technical aspects of the programme.

* This post was updated on 13 April 2018 to reflect updates in the membership of the Expert Group.

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