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At IDnext (inter)nationally renowned experts and key players in the world of Digital Identity will address the most relevant issues in the field of convenience, mobility, privacy, security and much more - informing a high qualified audience on the evolution of the digital identity upon which future developments will be built. Over the different tracks of the event, catalysed networking opportunities will bring together experts and professionals from the industry, government representatives, innovators and (pioneering) end-users. Active participation the un-conference during the event offers unique opportunities of interaction, dissemination of knowledge and sharing experience with your peers. 

The IDnext event is intended to help you and all other attendees find the time and space to talk will and learn from each other. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following themes.

Identity of Things

An ever-increasing number of devices interact in our networked online world. Things are evolving into agents that operate on behalf of humans and businesses; Artificial Intelligence allows them to act autonomously. And while doing this, most of these devices are great at data-collection, logging all sorts of transactions and meta-data.

There’s a need for new forms of identity relationship management. Where are we on this? And where does privacy come into play?


Innovation is key

Innovation is a key strategic driver for (public and private) organizations as we enter a next decade of the digital century. Innovative ideas are given the opportunity to present and share their innovative and promising business concept to capitalize on innovation and keep the entrepreneurial spirit on going.

Blockchain has been the synonym for innovation in the last few years. What is being delivered on that? Which other innovations should we keep an eye on?


Social consumer

The developments of the consumer identity and its personal identity are rapidly evolving. Consumers want to be in control of their (personal) data and are looking for tools to orchestrate the exchange of their own information in the networked chain of e.g. online retail, government or education. Identity is a crucial enabler to create true (personal) data sovereignty for users.


Private eye

Regulation on privacy doesn’t provide a clear-cut approach. GDPR seems to raise more questions than it clarifies. Differences in perceptions of what personal information pertains are evident between social networks, online stores and government. Grounds for collecting data and the motivation behind it are reviewed, debated and shifting: when does security turn into mass surveillance and when does a profile resemble an identity?

Privacy is therefore becoming a domain and context related concept. Is data-collection and storage always evil? Where’s the boundaries for doing the right things? And what about costs and revenues involved in this field?



Who will provide the citizen with their digital identity? Many European solutions point to a central role of government itself in the control and provision of public digital identity. Where some governments choose to seize identity, others radically defer it to the market. But there’s always the tension of the private sector asking to be allowed the higher assurance options in usage of a governmental eID, which would lead to providing ‘commercial’ services by a government. Quite a few early government-based solutions now allow for usage and derivation of these identities by private organisations.