IGF-USA 2021 Session

Why don’t we have better digital identity? What could we do if we did?

Wednesday, July 14

1:00 – 2:15 PM EDT

27 years after Pete Steiner’s famous cartoon in the New Yorker, we’re still struggling to figure out who is a “dog on the Internet.” Identity provides the attack vector for most major breaches and each year leads to billions of dollars in cyber crime and millions of identity theft victims.

The events of the last year – where the impacts of inadequate identity infrastructure have only been exacerbated with the elimination of many in-person transactions – suggests it would be a good time to revisit the state of online identity, and the roles that both government and the private sector might play in identity solutions that can deliver a more secure, trusted, and inclusive Internet.


Anne Wallwork

Senior Counselor for Strategic Policy and Innovation, U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Anne Shere Wallwork is Senior Counselor for Strategic Policy and Innovation in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC), where she focuses on new and emerging technologies in the financial sector, primarily as they relate to money laundering and terrorist financing risks and financial inclusion. She is charged with identifying and developing strategies to address illicit financing threats involving new financial products and services, while facilitating responsible financial sector innovation and financial inclusion. She is a leading policy expert on digital identity; digital financial services and FinTech; innovative, technology-based anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance solutions (RegTech); cryptocurrencies and other digital assets; and mobile payments. She works closely with other U.S. Government (USG) departments and agencies and international partners on a broad range of regulatory and policy matters relating to innovation and financial inclusion, and has helped drive the work of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard setting body for AML/CFT and proliferation financing, on digital identity; new technology and digital assets; financial inclusion; and digital transformation.

Ms. Wallwork served as TFFC’s Senior Counselor for Asia (October 2007-March 2012), the Treasury Department’s Senior Representative to National Counter-Terrorism Center (July 2006- November 2007), and as TFFC’s Deputy Director of Strategic Policy (April 2004-July 2006). She spearheaded the USG’s efforts to develop a comprehensive, strategic approach to combating kleptocracy, was helped drive the USG’s efforts to trace and repatriate Iraqi assets worldwide, and chaired interagency working groups seeking to recover the proceeds of foreign official corruption. A graduate of Yale Law School (Editor, Yale Law Journal) and Wellesley College (Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley College Scholar), before coming to Treasury, Ms. Wallwork clerked for the late Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; practiced law at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, DC; and was a consultant for the World Bank.

Pamela Dingle

Director of Identity Standards, Microsoft

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Pamela Dingle is a long-time member of the identity management world, and currently runs the Identity Standards team at Microsoft. The team works in standards bodies like W3C, IETF, and the OpenID Foundation on specifications like OAuth 2.0, FIDO, SCIM, and OpenID Connect, as well as helping customers, product groups, and the industry all understand the value of standards and other identity best practice patterns. Previously, Pamela worked for eight years as an identity architect and implementer, followed by eight years in the office of the CTO at Ping Identity. As a founder of Women in Identity, a non-profit organization working to increase visibility and create community - visit http://womeninidentity.org for more information.

Patrick Kinsel

CEO and Co-Founder, Notarize

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Pat is the co-founder and CEO of Notarize, the first company to offer legal online notarizations and to enable anyone to buy or sell their home, execute their mortgage, buy or sell a car, or complete countless other transactions entirely online.

Pat was previously a partner at Polaris Partners. Pat serves on the board of Lob and was the lead investor in Drizly. Before joining Polaris and founding Notarize, Pat was a co-founder & CEO of Spindle until it was acquired by Twitter in June 2013. Spindle developed patent-pending search technology to generate topical, algorithmic timelines from Facebook and Twitter content.

Prior to Spindle, Pat was at Microsoft incubating new concepts and bringing them to market. He led the development of Docs.com. Launched by Mark Zuckerberg at F8 in 2010, Docs.com was a collaboration with Facebook to bring Microsoft Office Online to the Facebook audience. Before Docs.com, he helped launch Bing Social Search.

Pat is a mentor at TechStars Boston, Harvard’s Innovation Lab, and SparkLabs Korea. He lives in Boston and is committed to helping the entrepreneurial community.


Jeremy Grant

Coordinator, Better Identity Coalition

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Jeremy Grant was the founding leader of the National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace and senior executive adviser for identity management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He led the White House’s initiative to catalyze a marketplace of secure, easy-to-use, privacy-enhancing identity solutions for online services through government and private sector partnerships. Grant is now managing director of technology business strategy for Venable.