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Following yet another major hit LiveCast which aired on Sept 28, our next show (Episode 35) which airs on Oct 19, promises to be yet another substantial LiveCast filled with original topics, not to be found anywhere else! Join your favourite host, Dr. Joseph Atick as he gathers the best and brightest experts to engage with him in the following 4 exceptional segments:


S1: To-The-Point [MUST WATCH!]

This segment features a short conversation with acclaimed documentary film director, Lauren Anders Brown, about identity in war time Syria. It will include a screening of an excerpt from the film, “FORGED” (co-directed by Ms. Brown), which, without intending to, gives the best testimony we have ever seen for why identity for all matters.

This documentary follows the story of an illegal forger working undercover in Turkey to create passports and certificates for a population of stateless and displaced people in Syria who have no documentation to prove their identities and struggle to survive. The forger narrates the story and walks the audience through his mission to provide Syrians with their rightful identities without the Regime.

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The segment will evoke many questions related to the role of governments and international agencies in addressing the plight of people that fall between the cracks in times of crisis, or when their governments fail to provide them their legal identity.

The testimony from Ms. Brown about what motivated her to make this documentary is inspiring and should be watched by all (just like the film itself). It reinforces the humanitarian dimension of what our community does and should dispel any doubts about the importance of continuing to work to achieve identity for all, everywhere in the world.

State of the Art of FRT as tested by NIST [KEY SPOTLIGHT]

The program will continue with a highly anticipated keynote from Patrick Grother from NIST who returns to present an update on the state of the art of face recognition technology (FRT) in the world, its limitations, and what extrapolations into the near future can be reasonably made from recent validated progress.

Significant progress has been made since then, not only in the technology itself but also in our understanding of its performance and limitations — thanks largely to the intensive program of testing NIST has continued with unabated intensity.

This is a keynote many have long awaited, and which will summarize everything you wanted to know about FRT in order to separate fact from fiction and hype.

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Of particular interest is the assessment of how well FRT can perform for ID4D applications, including deduplication and authentication for service delivery through selfies–which is becoming ever more popular around the world. This is information you can trust, direct from a most trustworthy source.

Patrick last appeared on the ID4Africa LiveCast in 2020. (CLICK HERE) to watch the this segment.

S3:Mobile Contactless Fingerprint Biometrics [HOT!]

This segment is dedicated to address the question:

Are contactless fingerprint algorithms and capture methods ready for large scale registration programs or are they still promising innovations in the lab?

The high tech industry is split on this matter. We will conduct a debate between two key figures who will argue for the two opposing positions regarding the technology readiness today. What is at stake is huge and the outcome will impact governments, development agencies and even the industry and solution providers. So tune in for this passionate debate and formulate your position on a topic that you cannot ignore.

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The debate will be followed by a spotlight presentation from an expert at NIST who is leading the efforts to build the test bed to provide independent assessment of contactless fingerprint performance. We will understand the challenges in testing and see what to expect in terms of timelines for results from the ongoing evaluation and certification efforts.

Role of Consumer-Facing Organisations in ID4D & Digital Transformation

Consumer-facing organizations have significant experience in digital identity management, primarily as a consequence of their long-standing needs to manage their users’ identity. Traditionally, these organizations, must meet high customer satisfaction standards for availability, ease of onboarding and use, as well as security. Their Digital ID systems are also often highly global extending beyond national jurisdictions and in majority of cases cover populations larger than the number of residents of most countries. In recent times, they have been subjected to a multijurisdiction regulatory environment, requiring complex compliance with national and regional standards for data protection and privacy. Said differently, consumer identity management is highly sophisticated, and evolved and has survived the test of time and the constraints of regulators.

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Given the pertinent experience that has accumulated in these digital systems, it is natural to ask how this could help accelerate the identity for development agenda. In this segment, we bring together key senior individuals from Microsoft, Google and Mastercard, to share their insights about how their platforms can be leveraged to provide alternatives or complimentary systems to manage populations and communities. The session will deliver insights about digital identity management from a wholly consumer perspective. It will also explore what role consumer-facing private sector organizations could play in the mission of total inclusion.

This session will extract best practices and identify collaboration opportunities that could help government identity stakeholders improve their practices and accelerate the development of their ecosystems. This is yet another highly original topic that unites stakeholders from across the broadest global identity community.


Dr. Joseph Atick

Executive Chairman

Dr. Joseph Atick is a recognized world renowned advocate and expert on identity matters. Having been one of the founders of the identity industry nearly 30 years ago, he led several companies in that domain and developed some of the foundational algorithms underlying secure digital identity today, including the first commercially viable face recognition algorithm.

Dr. Atick retired from the industry in 2010 to focus on promoting identity for social and economic development around the world. In that mission he partnered with the World Bank and other UN agencies, and was heavily involved in the development and field testing of the methodology and analytic tools that would guide the subsequent activities in that space, and would lead to the launch of the ID4D initiative at the World Bank.

In 2014, he co-founded ID4Africa as a pan-African Movement to promote responsible digital transformations through digital identity in Africa. He is a staunch defender of privacy, data protection and human rights and continues to provide counsel to governments and international organization on the use of identity for public good. Dr. Atick holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from Stanford University.


When Governments Fail to Provide Legal Identity

Lauren A. Brown

Documentary Director

Lauren Anders Brown is a documentary director who focuses on issues of global health and human rights, her work has been shown in the cinema at the Cannes Film Festival to the hall of the General Assembly at the United Nations.

Her latest documentary, FORGED, looks at the issues facing Syrians who cannot access documentation and the impact.


NIST's FRT Performance Report

Patrick Grother

Head of Biometric Evaluation Division

Patrick is a scientist at the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) within the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is responsible for biometric algorithm evaluation, and biometric performance testing standardization. He leads the Face Recognition Vendor Tests, the Face-In-Video Evaluation and the Iris Exchange projects. These give quantitative support to developers, end-users and policy makers faced with algorithm selection, performance adequacy assessment, procurement specification. Patrick assists several US Government agencies on research, development and evaluation, and co-chairs NIST’s biannual International Face Performance Conference on measurement, metrics and certification. Since 2018, he has served as the Chairman of the ISO/IEC/JTC 1 Subcommittee 37 on Biometrics and is editor of six standards there.


Finger-Selfies: A game changer for ID4D?

Rahul Parthe

Rahul Parthe

Chairman, Co-Founder & CTO

Tom Buss

Executive Vice President
Integrated Biometrics

Shahram Orandi

Computer Scientist


Consumer-Facing Multinationals in ID4D & Digital Transformation

Colleen Elliott

Digital ID Strategy Lead

Andro Koutsoudis

VP, Global Product Management, Identity & Data Lead

Tawanda Mahere

Product Manager

Special thanks to our Development Partners

This LiveCast is brought to you with the proud support of our development partners – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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