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March was book-ended with virtual events featuring Kantara.

The FinTechTalents Identity conference aired on March 17th, but of course the prep and pre-record activity started as the month opened. I had the pleasure of moderating a panel with Dai Banerji representing Women in Identity, Gail our friend and fellow mDL journeyer Gail Hodges from the Future Identity Council, Andrew Black from Natwest Bank and David Pollington from the GSMA. We developed discussion themes around the topic of ‘Privacy Enhancing, Consent Based Digital Identity'. We had a great discussion Great discussion and debate was had on whether the financial service sector embrace a decentralised ID model?mode;,  How how can we ensure to build Digital Identity which enhances privacy and consent, granting users control over how their personal credentials are shared? and 'Are ; and are users actually ready to take control of their digital identity?'.

March 29-30 saw Kantara undertake something very different. We were honored to be asked to have a virtual booth in the virtual exhibit hall of the virtual ONC Annual meeting. This was a significant undertaking in a short space of time and Kantara is indebted to members Identos, Patient Centric Solutions, Airside, ForgeRock, Tom Jones and Dr Tom Sullivan and non member participant Jim Kragh to prepare new videos, modify existing presentations, project manage and attend the booth over the 2 days. As I tweeted at the time, it was a surreal experience and quieter than we organizers and participants alike had hoped, but nonetheless we were delighted to receive interest and a qualified prospect for conformance to Kantara's 63-3 Class of Approval under our Identity Assurance conformity assessment and certification scheme. We will endeavour to republish the material on the website soon.  

The April's events schedule is a lighter lift for Kantara with its support of the inaugural International Identity Management Day on April 13th and Internet Identity Workshop 32 April 20-22 with VRM day curtain-raising on April 19. Several members are presenting sessions at IIW 32, tho' I am only aware of Identos's details, which will be in the Demo hour, showcasing its work in the HealthCare space in Canada that has received significant press coverage recently. Then (Hint: If you want Kantara to amplify your activities, you have to inform it that those are!) Then we have Think Digital Identity of Government UK May 21 where Kantara is participating in two panels as well as supporting the event through partnership.    

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