Victoria University of Wellington, The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua, The Office of the Privacy Commissioner and Digital Identity New Zealand are pleased to announce Identity Conference 2019 – Identity as taonga: now and in the future. This international conference is to be held at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand on 26 – 27 August 2019.

Identity Conference 2019 is the fourth in a series of conferences that began in 2008. The big idea is to look at the identity-related problems of today and the solutions of tomorrow.

Identity is at the centre of a vital intersection between people and organisations. Identity is a complex and sensitive area. Organisations need to consider carefully how they handle identity issues if they want to maintain the public’s trust and confidence. Many organisations need to verify an individual’s identity when engaging with them including online and via digital communications. In many cases, a person’s identity is not necessary for seeking services or help, but how can an organisation respect a desire of anonymity and privacy? There’s also the vital matter of organisations protecting identity information from breach and disclosure.

Identity Conference 2019 intends to bring these discussions up to date and, where possible, to peer into the future to get a sense of where identity is headed. While New Zealand is considered a world leader in identity and privacy, we continue to learn from international experience and debate. This will be reflected in the conference programme planning. Solutions for many of the issues in identity depend on international agreement, standardisation and co-operation.

We look forward to your participation.