Conference Programme

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Day One – Monday 26 August
8:00 am Registration desk opens
9:00 – 9:15 am Mihi
9:15 – 9:20 am Welcome and opening by Conference Chair

Prof Steven Warburton

Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures), Victoria University of Wellington

9:20 – 9:50 am KEYNOTE: Hon Kris Faafoi

Minister for Government Digital Services

9:50 – 10:40 am KEYNOTE: Kashmir Hill

Technology Journalist, New York Times

The Digital Cage

Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft have been called the “frightful five” of the technology industry. They are among the most valuable and powerful companies in the world, and we all rely on them each and every day. If you are a critic of these companies’ practices, the retort is often, “If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.” Over the course of two months, technology journalist Kashmir Hill tried to do that, using a tool that blocked her devices from accessing the services of the Big Five. She discovered just how dependent we are on these tech giants and how hard, if not impossible, it is to live without them.

11:10 – 12: 00 pm KEYNOTE: John Edwards

Privacy Commissioner

12:00 – 12:50 pm Panel discussion: Cyber trust and digital engagement
Chair: Dr Erika Pearson, Communications and Public Relations, Massey University


  1. Kashmir Hill, Technology Journalist, New York Times
  2. John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner
  3. Allan Sylvester, Deputy Head of School, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington
1:50 – 3:20 pm (90 mins) Workstreams
Room 1 Workstream 1: Trust and Security in the identity ecosystem

  • How do we build and maintain trust when our systems are becoming increasingly diverse and distributed?
  • What must we do to ensure the security of our identity ecosystem?
  • Ethical standards are inherent in trust; how do we bring these to life in our systems and policies?

Chair: Katie Wellington, Manager Engagement and Communications, CERT NZ


  1. George Hiotakis, Head of Trust & Safety, Trade Me
  2. Katherine Noall, CEO, Sphere Identity
  3. Alex Sims, Associate Professor, Department of Commercial Law, The University of Auckland
  4. John Martin, Senior Security Architect & Security Practice Leader, IBM New Zealand Limited
Room 2 Workstream 2: Human centric identity

  • What is self-sovereign identity, and how can it work in real life?
  • Where does power and control of identity currently reside?  Does that need to change, and if so, how?
  • Can I opt out? Can I be forgotten?

Chair: Jon Duffy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Operations, Office of the Privacy Commissioner


  1. Emily Fry, Mattr
  2. Kaye Maree Dunn
  3. Martin Krafft, Co-founder, Keyp
Room 3 Workstream 3: Artificial intelligence

  • What are some of the significant consequences of AI for human identity, both negative and positive?
  • Can we, and should, we regulate developments in AI?
  • What would algorithmic transparency mean in practice?

Chair: Michael Winikoff, Professor, School of Information Management. Victoria University of Wellington


  1. Colin Gavaghan, NZ Law Foundation Chair in Law and Emerging Technologies, Faculty of Law, University of Otago
  2. Frith Tweedie, Digital Law Leader, EY Law New Zealand
  3. Dr Lena Waizenegger, Lecturer in Business Information Systems, Auckland University of Technology
3:50 – 4:40 pm KEYNOTE: Prof Tahu Kukutai

Te Rūnanga Tātari Tatauranga|National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato| University of Waikato

4:40 – 5:30 pm Panel discussion: DNA and profiling
Chair: Joy Liddicoat, Assistant Research Fellow – Artificial Intelligence, University of Otago


  1. Tahu Kukutai, University of Waikato
  2. Donna Buckingham, Commissioner, Law Commission
  3. Kate McKenzie-Bridle, Senior Legal and Policy Adviser, Law Commission
  4. Dr Andelka Phillips, University of Waikato, University of Oxford
5:30 – 7:00 pm Networking function


Day Two – Tuesday 27 August
8:00 am Registration desk opens
9:00 – 9:05 am Welcome and housekeeping: MC Kaye Maree Dunn
9:05– 9:50 am KEYNOTE: Nigel Latta

Clinical Psychologist, Goldfish Wisdom

Stone Aged Brains in Digital Times

The human brain is one of the most miraculous objects in the known universe. It’s taken us all the way from stone axes to carbon taxes, which is no mean feat. So how do we use this ancient technology to navigate the digital future when all of that seems so uncertain and awash with paradoxes? How do we maintain our ‘selves’ in a digital world which offers us almost unlimited options to be whatever kind of ‘virtual self’ we desire, yet at the same time wants to take that ‘limitless self’ and shackle it to algorithms and mine it for the very essence of who and what we are?

9:50 – 10:35 am KEYNOTE: Dave Lacey

Managing Director, IDCARE

11:05 – 11:55 am KEYNOTE: Brandon Murdoch, Partner Engineer, Identity Division, Microsoft and Pamela Dingle, Microsoft
11:55 am- 12:45 pm Panel discussion: The future shape of identity
Chair: Nigel Latta, Clinical Psychologist, Goldfish Wisdom


  1. Alan Bell, Digital Identity Transformation Programme, Department of Internal Affairs
  2. Brandon Murdoch, Partner Engineer, Identity Division, Microsoft
  3. Pamela Dingle, Microsoft
  4. David Lacey, Managing Director, IDCARE
1:45 – 3:15 pm (90 mins) Workstreams
Room 1 Workstream 4: Biometrics and privacy

Biometrics represent a major benefit and challenge for our societies. This session will examine some of the critical connections between privacy, identity and biometrics.

Some of the key questions that the session may want to tease out could be:

  • Who owns our biometrics or are they simply on loan to those who collect and use those biometrics?
  • What should citizens reasonably expect from those who collect and manage our biometrics?
  • What has social media, terrorism and fraud and person movements (travel or displaced) done to affect our privacy environment?
  • How can biometrics actually help privacy and identity protection?

Chair: Hon Terry Aulich, Biometrics Institute


  1. Hon Terry Aulich, Biometrics Institute
  2. Lynne Jeffery, Head of Public Safety Solutions, NEC New Zealand Limited
  3. John Duggan, SVP South East Asia & A/NZ, Daon
Room 2 Workstream 5: Digital Identity Transformation Programme

The Digital Identity Transition Programme in DIA is where the Government aims to understand how to create the right environment, set the right rules and take advantage of new technologies to give people in New Zealand secure digital identities that meet their evolving needs and expectations.

Chair: Tony Eyles, DIA


  1. Alan Bell, Department of Internal Affairs
  2. Emma O’Connell, Department of Internal Affairs
  3. Tim Ransom, Department of Internal Affairs
  4. Elena Higgison, Department of Internal Affairs
Room 3 Workstream 6: Standards

Standards may be boring to some but they form a critical foundation to trust. This session will cover:

Standards may be boring to some but they form a critical foundation to trust. This session will cover:

  • What’s new in the identity-related standards world
  • The issues that are being faced by standards writers
  • And we will ask you ‘what are you looking for in identity-standards?’

Chair: Natalie Bowie, Sector Engagement Lead, Standards NZ


  1. Joanne Knight, Senior Advisor, Digital Identity Transformation Programme, Department of Internal Affairs, Te Tari Taiwhenua
  2. Alana Lattimore, Stats NZ
3:45 – 4:35 pm KEYNOTE: Richard Foy

Chief Archivist |Tumuaki, Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga | Archives New Zealand

Public Records, Private Lives

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o Te Kāwanatanga is our nation’s store house of memories and national archival institution. In his closing keynote, 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.

4:35 – 4:50 pm Poroporoaki

Conference close by Conference Chair

Prof Steven Warburton

Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures), Victoria University of Wellington

Programme subject to change.

Social events

The conference will provide a number of opportunities to socialise and network with your peers including a networking function.