About the Identity Conference

Identity Conference 2019 is an important event for people in business, government, academia, media and communications who recognise the importance of keeping up with changes in the way we manage, share and express our identity. This includes digital identity, and our fears that those identities are increasingly susceptible to misrepresentation, misunderstanding or theft.

The format of the conference will be similar to previous ones with a mixture of keynotes, workstreams and panels. Day 1 will focus on understanding the current issues and challenges, while Day 2 peers into the future to get a sense of where identity is heading.

We’ll revisit the concept of personal identity in a digital sense and what this means for people and organisations.

You’ll hear from internationally renowned keynote speakers who will be discussing the challenges and opportunities of enabling identity now and in the future.

Identity as taonga

Taonga is the Māori word for treasure and its use in the Identity Conference 2019 theme is apt. Identity is a rich and valuable commodity to its owner. We each place a different value on our identity, with some people and even organisations yet to realise the growing significance of this taonga.

Host Organisations

Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua is ‘kaitiaki’ – the trusted custodian – of New Zealanders’ authoritative identity information. It also leads the Government approach to identity. The Department helped establish this conference series in 2008 and continues to support it alongside its partners.

Victoria University is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious tertiary institutions with a proud tradition of academic excellence. It is proud to be part of Identity Conference 2019. Through teaching, research, scholarship, public service and entrepreneurship, it is committed to shaping New Zealand’s national identity and lead thinking on the major questions confronting New Zealanders.Read the message from the Conference Chair, Prof Steven Warburton, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures).

Privacy means different things to many people, but includes the space, security and freedom that enables each of us to develop our identity. This space, whether in the bricks and mortar world or in the digital world, gives us the ability to develop who we are without having it imposed on us by others. New Zealand law protects our right to access information about us and to maintain a level of control over that information. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner works to support and promote a culture in which personal information – and by extension, identity – is protected and respected.

Digital Identity NZ is delighted to join its Identity Conference 2019 partners in presenting this important event. We are an organisation of members committed to fostering the creation of a collaborative Digital Identity ecosystem for New Zealand.  The Identity Conference 2019 is an ideal opportunity to bring together local and international thought leaders, and to help us take the next steps in our uniquely New Zealand journey.