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Event Recap

April 7, 2021

Event recap | Digital identity

By the GeoTech Center

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Event description

On this episode of the weekly GeoTech Hour, the GeoTech Center is returning to the sixth episode of the Data Salon Series, hosted in partnership with Accenture. This episode focuses on the concept of digital identity, and how it can eliminate barriers and promote inclusion.

The leaders featured on the panel discuss their efforts in the digital identity space, particularly in the past year as the world has increasingly moved onto the digital space. The current movement is siloed as companies and groups focus on their individual digital identity platforms in the hopes of becoming the “first”, without paying close attention to interoperability and plans for scale-up. Additionally, while there is a growing number of solutions, there is still a need for national or international standards to define requirements and functional outcomes for digital identity. This nuanced discussion addresses not only the technology that makes this movement possible, but the ethical standards that must surround digital identity to make it equitable and successful.


Dr. Dante A. Disparte
Vice Chairman and Head of Policy and Communications
Diem Association

Dakota Gruener
Executive Director

David Treat
Senior Managing Director

Sheila Warren
Head of Blockchain, Data,and Digital Assets, Member of the Executive Committee
World Economic Forum

Hosted by

David Bray, PhD
Director, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

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Event recap | Indigenous data sovereignty: Opportunities and challenges

By the GeoTech Center

On Thursday, October 22, the GeoTech Center hosted the fifth installment of the Data Salon Series in partnership with Accenture to discuss the challenges to achieving data sovereignty for indigenous communities. The panel featured Dr. Tahu Kukuthai, Professor of Population Studies and Demography at the University of Waikato, Dr. Ray Lovett, associate professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Epidemiology for Policy and Practice at Australian National University, Dr. Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, Assistant Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies at UCLA, and Ms. Robyn Rowe, Research Associate and PhD Candidate at Laurentian University. GeoTech Center Director Dr. David Bray moderated the panel and the discussion that followed.

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