On May 25th/26th, EKSISTENZ will join with the Porvoo Group for the EKSISTENZ Final Event, bringing together a wide range of speakers and topics with a focus on what comes next in relation to identity in this changing world. It will be hosted by Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (AgID). The draft agenda can be downloaded here along with the official conference website here. The conference will consider how the various initiatives can support the movement towards having more mature and valuable interoperable identity schemes. The programme has been arranged by the Porvoo Group, and eForum representing the EKSISTENZ Project supported by EEMA.

A core focus of the Porvoo Group is keeping abreast of what the national representatives are doing in their own countries. Therefore, there will be updates from a variety of countries including Estonia, Belgium and Finland. Additional insights will be provided from outside the EU and there will also be a focus on how this experience can best be shared with the developing world and also, how the existing networks can strengthen their cooperation. In addition to updates on eIDAS, there will be reports on the work of no fewer than six ongoing EU funded projects in the field:

  • LIGHTest


For more information and to register, visit the conference website here.

On 7 March, eIDAS will run a webinar on eID under eIDAS.

The Webinar will:

  • Align all actors on the meaning of being eIDAS compliant;
  • Update on the current eID eIDAS status in Member States;
  • Engage with the private sector by providing concrete examples and use cases;
  • Exchange knowledge about key technological trends impacting the field of electronic identification;
  • And identify the potential collaboration and synergies between the different stakeholders.

The webinar will be open to all stakeholders but it will be particularly relevant to the following actors:

  • eIDAS Member State representatives;
  • EC Policy representatives;
  • Identity providers;
  • Attributes providers;
  • And service providers.

More information can be found here.

On 8 March, Brussels will host an DG CNECT workshop entitled towards principles and guidance on eID interoperability for online platforms.

The one-day workshop will bring together representatives of online platforms, private and business platform users and other interested parties.

The workshop will:

  • Explain the context and the purpose of the initiative, as well as present the results of the online survey organised by the Commission on the topic;
  • Hear the views of the key stakeholder groups on how the use of eID online platforms can benefit them;
  • Showcase examples of the use of national eIDs by online platforms;
  • Collect ideas for a set of principles for eID interoperability.


Further information can be found here.

The next EKSISTENZ event will take place in Rome between 25-26 May.

It is to be a joint Porvoo Group-EKSISTENZ event. The event will take place in the AgID Building, Via Liszt 21, 00144, Rome. The venue is 400 metres from the Metro B station EUR PALASPORT.

Register for the event here.

A new European Commission proposal for a regulation on privacy and electronic communications is aiming at reinforcing trust and security in the Digital Single Market by updating the legal framework on ePrivacy.

The proposal posits:

  • Privacy rules apply to new players providing electronic communications services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype.
  • All people and businesses in the EU should enjoy the same level of protection of their electronic communications through this directly applicable regulation.
  • Privacy is guaranteed for communications content and metadata.
  • Once consent is given for communications data to be processed, telecoms operators should be given more opportunities to provide additional services and to develop their businesses.
  • The cookie provision will be streamlined.
  • Unsolicited electronic communications by emails, SMS and automated calling machines should be banned.
  • The enforcement of the confidentiality rules in the Regulation will be the responsibility of data protection authorities.


Further information on the proposal can be found here.

On 8 March, Brussels will host the Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market workshop towards principles and guidance on eID interoperability for online platforms.

To empower consumers and to safeguard principles of competition, consumer protection and data protection, the European Commission is promoting interoperability actions, including issuing principles and guidance on eID interoperability.

The workshop will:  explain the context and the purpose of the initiative; introduce the views of the key stakeholder groups on how the use of eID by online platforms can benefit them; showcase examples of the use of national eIDs by online platforms; and use a participatory approach to collect ideas for the principles of eID interoperability.

Further information on the workshop can be found here.

The Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market can be found here.

On 24-26 January 2018, Brussels will host CPDP 2018. The organisers are already calling for panels.

Details on the call can be found here.

CPDP was a huge success!

1024 registered for the event and the event included 78 panel discussions and workshops with 383 speakers from academia, civil society and the public and private sectors. In January, the event website was visited 15 266 times by 7 937 unique visitors who read 55 981 pages.

YouTube videos of the conference can be found here.

Read about CPDP 2018 here.

Identity World and World e-ID and Cybersecurity are currently calling for speakers.

Identity World – the conference of individual recognition for global development – will, this year, focus on citizen-centric identity and gender best practices. The keywords around which papers can be developed are:  humanitarian; development; legal; privacy and security; financial inclusion; gender equality; access to health services; social safety net; improved governance; civil registration and vital statistics; foundational identity systems; functional identity systems; biographics and demographics; biometrics; eDocuments; channels/mobile phones; storage and processing; and business and service models. 

Further information on the Identity World call for papers can be found here.

World e-ID and Cybersecurity brings together security professionals from government and private sector to explore and discuss how to improve secure identification and data protection for all. This year’s edition will focus on ID schemes and security documents (national ID rollouts, border control, e-passports, e-driving licences, e-health schemes, e-ID for e-gov services and identity management), digital identity and authentication (mobile and online IDs, strong authentication with biometrics, digital identity provision and infrastructures, IAM, identity and KYC, eIDAS and blockchain) and cybersecurity and trust models (standards and regulations in Europe and beyond, cooperation between governments, enterprise and IT, critical infrastructures, 2018 General Data Protection regulation, digital identity of machines and objects).

Further information on the World e-ID and Cybersecurity call for papers can be found here.

ENISA has just published a report on blockchain technology and security.

A blockchain is a distributed ledger which maintains all transactions and assets and is updated by a number of counter-parties. Financial institutions are investing in the technology to automate processes and remove human errors. This may help towards lowering transactional and operational costs by releasing the finance sector from its legacy systems. Despite the potential cost savings, it remains important to assess what the security implications of blockchain implementations might be.

The ENISA report reveals

principles used in the security of traditional systems and in blockchain, such as key management and encryption, are still largely the same.  There are however new challenges that the technology brings, like consensus hijacking and smart contract management. Additionally, it highlights that public and private ledger implementations will face different sets of challenges.

To secure business information whilst leveraging blockchain technology, financial institutions should seek to adopt best practices which allow them to:

  • Monitor internal activity;
  • Automate regulatory compliance;
  • Disclose information only to relevant counterparts and authorities;
  • And adopt industry level governance procedures which will facilitate the updating of ledger implementations over time.

Further information and the full report can be found here.

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