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Biometric Update resumes Official Journalist role for ID4Africa 2019


ID4Africa is pleased to announce Biometric Update as the official journalist of ID4Africa 2019. This is the 4th year in row in which the news outlet has been selected to provide full coverage of the event.

The multi-stakeholder movement brings together African governments, development agencies, and industry to support the development of robust and responsible ID ecosystems around digital identity. ID4Africa 2019 will be held from June 18 to 20 in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the theme of “Identity Ecosystems for Service Delivery.” Biometric Update enables readers around the world to follow the movement’s progress as reported directly from the event venues, and provides dedicated articles and in-depth interviews.

“The decision to designate Biometric Update as our official journalist for the fourth year in a row is a testament to their high merit,” says ID4Africa Executive Chairman Dr. Joseph Atick. “Biometric Update today is the media outlet with one of the deepest domain expertise in identity management; they have even scaled up their staff to cover, on an ongoing basis, subjects of significant importance beyond identity, such as privacy and data protection.”

He adds, “Over the last four years, they have grown with us to become Africa-centric; knowing the Continent, its issues and opportunities, very well. We look forward to another year of fruitful collaboration, and to a stream of high-quality coverage of ID4Africa 2019, where their team of seasoned reporters will be present.”

Biometric Update has launched weekly reporting from a new Africa-based correspondent in 2019, and is continuing to increase focus on the markets, challenges, and human impact and issues of universal legal identity.

“ID4Africa is the premier event for identity in developing countries, and one of the top events globally. Biometric Update is proud to continue our official role to bring the deep learning and engagement, as well as breaking news, from the conference to the global community,” comments Stephen Mayhew, managing director and co-founder of Biometric Research Group, Inc., publisher of Biometric Update. “The importance of the ‘ID for All’ movement is enshrined in U.N. Sustainable Development Goal target 16.9, and ID4Africa has been spearheading this push.”

As both one of the largest informational and educational conferences dedicated to digital ID in the world, as well as one of the world’s largest and most important trade shows for the biometrics and secure documents industries, ID4Africa is continuing to grow in 2019. This year’s event sees the launch of the ID4Africa Identity Council, the Roundtable of African Data Protection Authorities (RADPA), and a record 43 countries across the continent represented by official ID4Africa Ambassadors.

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