Advances in digital technologies are redefining opportunities around the world to develop new economic value, to govern and serve within more accessible societies, and to empower individuals. Legal recognition of identity, the ability to establish trust in who we are, is a foundational component of society, a powerful tool that confirms access to life-sustaining resources and services, alongside evolving opportunities: it is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Digital innovations in identity bring new opportunities to create transparency, fairness, and better-governed services. They also create the potential to distribute and interpret significant amounts of information about people and their communities. 

The Turing’s work in trustworthy data systems is advancing applied research for data science, artificial intelligence, and privacy enhancing encryption that is delivering significant impact in the fields of healthcare, national security, finance, and criminal justice. Its trustworthy digital infrastructure for identity systems  project is further developing this impact with a transformative opportunity to mature collective appreciation for the design and development opportunities to be had, and the policy choices to be made in upholding trust as a systemic imperative for identity systems. 

Understanding the different trust and security requirements is an essential step towards their appropriate, secure and independent use and functions. The ability to ensure trustworthy operations in users’ identity lifecycle management is often more than the narrow scope of security requirements and regulatory compliance, while technology in identity management is evolving faster than regulatory and security requirements. Thus, the ability to design and develop appropriate risk-based approaches calls for trust-related conditions embedded in the process. 

About the event

This hybrid conference will bring together prominent academics and key players in the field of digital identity from government and industry sectors. The event will focus on the socio-technical infrastructure opportunities and challenges around in-country implementation of trustworthy digital identity systems. 

The aim of the event will be to bring into sharp focus the boundaries for current state of the art and emerging technologies, tools and practices which lead to trustworthy ID systems.  

The outcome will be highlighting the implementation of best practice using in-country use-cases to identify system implementation risks, country-specific challenges, as well as achieving comprehension of the risks to target beneficiaries.  

Selected authors will be invited to submit papers, presentations and posters aimed at bringing together knowledge and practical insights that will inform countries’ development of trustworthy identity systems, and positively influence the ecosystem of standards, the decisions of policy makers and the technologies that are taken forward. 

Conference places will be limited to facilitate informative, interactive discussion on the day. 

Key dates 

  • Monday 30 May – Call for presentations & paper goes live 
  • Wednesday 15 June – General applications for conference attendance opens
  • Friday 8 July – Deadline to submit call for presentations & papers
  • TBC July – Successful applications for presentation & papers notified 
  • Friday 16 September – Conference day 

Call for presentations and papers 

The conference is open to submissions for papers and posters or both. Presentation-only submissions from authors published in other journals will also be considered. 

Questions to explore: 

  • What is influencing the development of digital identity systems? 
  • What are the essential factors of success in terms of user acceptance and adoption? 
  • How are threats and risks evolving with the identity landscape? 
  • What are the key considerations for ensuring the credibility of data processing? 
  • How can or should the relative capacities of different systems architectures be assessed? 
  • What is the impact of self-sovereign identity (SSI) on the trustworthiness of the identity lifecycle? 
  • What are the considerations for openness, transparency and explainability of automated and AI based identity management? 
  • How should cultural and socio-economic differences influence systems design? 

Submissions are welcome across the following four categories with sample topic areas outlined to guide but not necessarily limit the scope. 

Systems and architecture Governance and risk Privacy preserving techniques  Socio-political considerations
  • Identity and access management 
  • User consent/control 
  • Decentralised identity 
  • Applying biometrics 
  • Sustainable systems design
  • Measurement and experience with ID system failures  
  • Threats 
  • Combating fraud 
  • Cross-border interoperability 
  • Governance risk, and compliance 
  • Credibility of data processing 
  • Ethical machine learning  
  • Data sources and identity data generation   
  • Zero trust authentication and access management 
  • Zero knowledge proofs 
  • Differential privacy 
  • Secure multi-party computation 
  • Privacy enhancing technologies (PETS)
  • UX design for ID technologies
  • Federated identity systems  
  • Inclusion and diversity 
  • Cultural considerations 
  • Low-tech environments
  • Infrastructure challenges 
  • Inclusion/exclusion and identity technologies  


How to submit your abstract

Please submit your application via The Alan Turing Institute Flexi-Grant Application Portal by 17:00 BST on Friday 8 July 

Eligibility to submit 

The programme invites all the trustworthy digital identity interest group members and other in-country experts working in /researching the field of implementation of digital Identity systems at a national or international level to submit.

The applicant may work in digital identity systems under the following themes in any capacity: Governance and risks, socio-political considerations, privacy preserving techniques and/or systems and architectures.

Contact point

If any candidates have any further questions or need to request reasonable adjustments, please contact the team via [email protected] (Amber Raza: Research Project Manager).

Thank you and good luck with your application. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion 

The Alan Turing Institute has a mission to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence to change the world for the better. We recognise that to make such great advancements and help solve the world’s problems and challenges, we need to accurately reflect the world’s diverse composition and build an inclusive community.   

We encourage submissions from those from all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities and abilities, particularly those who are currently most underrepresented in the field. The Alan Turing Institute is committed to increasing the representation of female, black and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+, disabled and neurodiverse researchers in data science. 

Apply to attend

To attend the conference, you will need to apply to attend by filling in the registration form via Microsoft forms. All attendees will be contacted in July regarding their place at the event.