Digital Identity Scotland – Digital identity within a digital economy

September 13, 2019 by No Comments | Category Digital Identity, Digital Public Services

Our programme team has learned a lot about digital identity over the last couple of years.

From the stakeholder and expert group meetings we have hosted, to the market research we have gathered, we have built up a wealth of information that has helped to shape the direction of our programme. You may have already read some of the publications that have resulted, such as our OIX White Paper or our Discovery service design research.

In the spirit of open government, we are always happy to share our knowledge with others working to solve complex issues associated with digital identity.

Recently we’ve been collaborating with colleagues from the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Government Digital Service (GDS).

Together, they have launched a call for evidence for views on how government can support the development and secure use of digital identities fit for the UK’s growing digital economy.

On Wednesday 11 September, we were delighted to help our UK Government colleagues run a workshop in Edinburgh, bringing together more than 40 stakeholders to assess four key topics outlined in the call for evidence: needs and problems, trust within a digital identity ecosystem, and the respective roles of government and the private sector.

A productive workshop in Edinburgh

Caroline, Elizabeth, Alison and Sam, who we were delighted to welcome from DCMS/GDS

We are grateful to so many of our existing stakeholders who attended the workshop, to provide DCMS and GDS with the benefit of their specialist knowledge, over the course of two and half productive hours.

Following the event, Alison McDowell, Head of Financial Services Engagement with Government Digital Services said:

“It was wonderful to have a full session of highly engaged participants from across private sector, civil society and local government discussing the future of digital identity. This is an exciting step along the road to realising the benefits of digital identity for the whole UK economy.”

For anyone seeking to make a submission, the call for evidence closes on Sunday 15 September.

Returning to Digital Identity Scotland, you may have read the following reference in the Programme for Government 2019-20:

“We have completed nearly two years of research to understand how digital identity can improve our public services, explore the barriers people may face using it and conducted a successful proof of concept to test our technological choices. This year we will develop an early version to support Social Security Scotland benefits from 2020 as work continues on a full solution.”

We will continue to provide more information about this work as it progresses.

If you would like to discuss anything related to the programme, contact

Past blog posts:
Online Identity Assurance (including our Programme Plan)
What have we been doing? Come see for yourself
Come to our Show and Tell
Welcoming expert and stakeholder input
Focus on technical
Approaching the next phase
Listening to your views
An open approach
Pre Alpha
Working with OIX
Join us in our proof of concept stage
Opportunity to attend next National Stakeholder meeting
Thank you stakeholders
Collaborating through OIX
Voices: Ruchir Shah
See you in 2019
Introducing Digital Identity Scotland
Understanding the services’ perspective
Workshop insight
User research on the road
User research on the road, part two
Learning from our stakeholders
OIX White Paper



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