Join us for an upcoming webinar:

Decentralized Identity
& Government

What the shift from federated to decentralized identity means for individuals, enterprises, and governments

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021
  • 8am PST / 11am EST / 4pm UTC

Up until recently, the majority of digital identity systems have been federated, where a small group of “identity providers” supply individuals with a digital identity that can be used to access other websites and services within the federation. Now we’re seeing the shift to decentralized identity solutions and open ecosystems based on verifiable credentials, where anyone can participate, issue, and verify.

In the first of a new series on digital identity and government, we’ll examine digital identity systems within the public sector and the reasons why government interest in decentralized models keeps increasing.

We’ll cover:

  • The key differences between federated and decentralized identity systems
  • An analysis of a few notable government-led projects, such as Aadhaar (India), Verify (UK), eIDAS (EU), and the Ontario Digital Identity Program (Canada)
  • What decentralization means for portability, scalability, flexibility, and privacy
  • How governments and commercial organizations can enhance existing federated identity systems with verifiable credentials

Presented By:

Andy Tobin

Andy Tobin

EMEA Managing Director, Evernym

Andy Tobin is Evernym’s Managing Director, EMEA. He has 30 years of experience delivering innovative technology solutions to complex business problems. His career has spanned the three rapidly converging sectors of identity, mobile, and payments. He has written code to control cash machines, built the world’s first mCommerce server, run a £1.2bn mobile messaging network, and served as the CTO for Europe’s first fully mobile bank. He is a passionate technology strategist who dropped everything to join Evernym. He believes that the identity ecosystem and the personal information economy is poised for massive change, triggered by the capabilities being delivered right now by Evernym. The result will be a new and rapid growth in “IDTech” innovation, which will dwarf what’s happening in Fintech, and a shift to a more open, post-silo world.

Drummond Reed

Drummond Reed

Chief Trust Officer, Evernym

Drummond has spent over two decades working in internet identity, security, privacy, and governance. He joined Evernym as chief trust officer after Evernym acquired Respect Network, where he was co-founder and CEO. At the W3C, he is co-editor of the DID (Decentralized Identifiers) specification. At the Trust over IP Foundation, Drummond is a member of the Steering Committee and co-chair of the Governance Stack Working Group and Concepts and Terminology Working Group. At the Sovrin Foundation, he was one of the founding trustees and serves as co-chair of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group. For 10 years, he served as co-chair of the OASIS XDI Technical Committee, a semantic data interchange protocol that implements privacy by design. Prior to starting Respect Network, Drummond was executive director of two industry foundations: the Information Card Foundation and the Open Identity Exchange. He has also served as a founding board member of the OpenID Foundation, ISTPA,, and Identity Commons. In 2002, he received the Digital Identity Pioneer Award from Digital ID World, and in 2013 he was cited as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.