IGF-USA 2022 Session

It’s all about the (identity) attributes

Thursday, July 21

1:00 – 2:15 PM EDT

Digital identity is comprised of several piece of data and critical to the these are identity attributes – name, address, identification number, photo, eye color, etc. Identity attributes have the potential to change the way digital identity systems work, be providing just the necessary data to enable access instead of large amounts of information that may not be necessary for an organization to know. Data attributes can be issued by multiple organizations and asserted via many mechanisms. This discussion will look at the current state of digital identity and attributes, some of the different technologies that are going to be used by individuals to assert them — mobile driver license and blockchain – and the potential privacy advantages of attributes.

Chris Boyer

VP of Global Security & Technology Policy, AT&T

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Chris Boyer is Vice President of Global Security and Technology Policy at AT&T Services, Inc., where he is responsible for developing and advancing the company's global policy positions related to cybersecurity, national security and technology policy. Mr. Boyer works closely with the AT&T Chief Security Office and AT&T Technology and Operations to address policy issues at the intersection of emerging technology, cybersecurity and national security. In his over 25-year career with AT&T Mr. Boyer has performed a variety of roles including positions in the company's corporate public policy, network planning and engineering, product marketing and network services departments. Mr. Boyer has also served in numerous external roles including as AT&T’s point of contact with the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), a Federal advisory committee to the President on issues related to national security and emergency preparedness; former Chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB); Founder and Chairman of the Open RAN Policy Coalition and co-chair of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) critical infrastructure committee. He also is the former Vice-Chair and serves on the Executive Committee of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) which conducts planning activities on behalf of the communications sector with the Department of Homeland Security.

Don Thibeau

Executive Director, Open Identity Foundation

Kay Chopard

Executive Director, Kantara

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Kay Chopard is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Kantara Initiative, a non-profit corporation. She is the former President and CEO of Chopard Consulting based in the Washington, DC metro area and is the founder of the Women’s Leadership Institute. Kay has more than 30 years’ experience in executive leadership in government, non-profit, and business organisations, with leadership positions in several organisations including: Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). She is an attorney and has served as a prosecutor and maintained a private practice. Ms. Chopard also serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Identity US and volunteers in the leadership of the Women in Identity UK. Find Kay on Twitter @KayChopardCohen and on LinkedIn.

Maria Vachino

CEO, cyntegra

Regina Udomratanavasi

CEO, cyntegra


Zachary Martin

Senior Advisor, Venable