Understanding Digital Data Flows:
Basics of Digital Identity

April 5 @ 11am - 1pm ET

Individual Rate: $350 per person
Discounted FPF Supporter Rate: $250 per person

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“Digital identity” refers to a system of electronically stored attributes and/or credentials that uniquely identify and authenticate an individual person. Digital identity systems vary in complexity. From simply recreating a physical ID such as a driver’s license in a digital format to a fully integrated digital identity system operating as a complete wallet and verification process, these systems are being developed and implemented in many contexts. This sort of credentialing program can also act as an electronic signature, timestamp, or seal for financial and legal transactions.

The Basics of Digital Identity session will cover the way these systems work, and the privacy and security issues that may arise as they become more prevalent.

Topics covered include:

  • History & terminology (incl. verification, authentication, credentialing)
  • Models, technology & design (incl. self-sovereign identity, mobile-based systems, blockchain)
  • Applications (incl. government, commercial credentials, financial services, healthcare)
  • Harms & risks (incl. discrimination, privacy risks, legal & regulatory considerations)


Brenda Leong

Partner, BNH.AI

Brenda Leong is a partner at BNH. Brenda also serves as an adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University Law School. Previously, Brenda was senior counsel and director of AI and ethics at the Future of Privacy Forum, where she oversaw the development of privacy education, implementation, and analysis of AI and ML technologies for FPF member companies, which include many of the largest companies in the world. She was also the expert voice for FPF on the responsible use of biometrics and digital identity, with a focus on facial recognition, facial analysis, and emerging issues around voice-operated systems.

Christian Perrone

Head Rights and Technology and GovTech, Institute for Technology and Society (ITS Rio)

Fulbright Researcher (Georgetown University, USA), Doctoral Student (UERJ) in International Law and Digital Law; Master – LL.M.- in International Law (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom); Graduated in International Human Rights Law from the European University Institute (EUI, Italy). Former Secretary of the OAS Inter-American Juridical Committee and Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He is currently a lawyer, Public Policy consultant and Head of the Law and Technology and GovTech areas at ITS.

Fabro Steibel

Director, Institute for Technology and Society (ITS Rio)

Postdoc, alumni at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. He was a member of the WEF’s Future Global Council, a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK, and stints at the University of California San Diego and the United Nations University (China). He is a board member of MIT’s Sloan Review Brazil and executive director of ITS.