Media release


Who gets to decide who you are? Join the conversations at Identity 2019

23 August 2019

The Identity Conference 2019 – Identity as taonga now and in the future – is taking place on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August 2019 at Te Papa, Wellington. Make sure you’re there to hear a high-powered line-up of speakers and to contribute to our conversations about identity.

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. We will look at the identity-related problems of today and the solutions of tomorrow.

Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister for Government Digital Services will open the conference. He’ll outline the role of government in our digital identity ecosystem and provide an overview of his new Government Digital Services portfolio including digital skills, social licence, and inclusion.

New York Times Technology Journalist Kashmir Hill will share an experiment where she used a tool that blocked her devices from accessing the services of the Big Five (Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft) and how she discovered just how dependent we are on these tech giants and how hard, if not impossible, it is to live without them.

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards will talk about how we are beset in the 21st century by people, corporations and algorithms imposing their own conception of an identity upon us. Why is it happening, what does it stand to take from us, and what can be done to achieve a rebalancing in favour of personal freedom?

Dr Tahu Kukutai, a specialist in Māori and indigenous population research at the University of Waikato will discuss some of the risks of datafication and consider how Indigenous Data Sovereignty,  as an emerging site of science and activism in Aotearoa NZ, can mediate the very real potential for individual and collective harm, while providing pathways to collective benefit.

Clinical Psychologist Nigel Latta will examine the effect of digital technology on our stone-aged brains and how we maintain our ‘selves’ in a digital world – one which offers us almost unlimited options to be whatever kind of ‘virtual self’ we desire.

IDCARE Managing Director Dave Lacey will traverse the ways in which New Zealanders have experienced identity crime over the past five years, unpacking the causes, the cures and the curses while taking the audience on a journey that will re-set and re-define views of identity crime.

Microsoft speakers Pamela Dingle and Brandon Murdoch will talk about the trend of decentralised identity as part of strategy for digital transformation and why Open Standards will be the bedrock of this new world of ensuring privacy and data dignity.

Chief Archivist Richard Foy will explore the intricate and sometimes fascinating connections between public archives, our sense of national and cultural identity, and the very intimate personal identities that we hold as individuals. He will discuss how the most public and banal of records held in our national archive can unlock for us our most personal sense of who we are as individuals and as a nation.

The programme will feature panel discussion on cyber-trust and digital engagement, DNA and profiling and the future shape of identity and topical workstreams – all tailored to your professional interest and development.

Identity 2019 is only possible with a help from our friends. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the Identity Conference 2019.

Gold Sponsors:

  • Middleware New Zealand,

  • OneTrust

  • Microsoft

Silver Sponsor:

  • Internet NZ

Bronze Sponsors:

  • InTech Solutions

  • Techtonics

  • INFO By Design

  • SSS – IT Security Specialists

  • TwoBlackLabs

  • Datacom