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New ID and biometrics advisory board, ethical AI alliance formed by global organizations

Nuggets joins ID2020
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New ID and biometrics advisory board, ethical AI alliance formed by global organizations

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the foundation of an Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board (IBTAB), with the mission “to promote the advancement and adoption of innovative biometric and digital identification solutions to secure critical assets, protect individual identity, safeguard propriety data and enhance the consumer experience.”

The advisory panel will provide technical expertise to encourage informed purchasing and implementing decisions for biometric devices, facial recognition systems, mobile identification platforms and identity proofing and verification solutions.

Initial membership of the IBTAB consists of Clear, Idemia, Leidos, NEC Corporation of America, and SAIC. Idemia’s Teresa Wu is the board’s acting chair, and she is joined by NEC America’s recently-promoted Benji Hutchinson, Clear’s Sam Segall, Leidos’ Michael Bruce, and SAIC’s Kelli Murphy.

The board’s activities will include guiding virtual and in-person networking roundtables with government officials, as well as meetings with policy-makers and procurement officials, and providing input into the education content developed by the SIA and its standards engagements.

The IBTAB is calling for volunteers to participate in its mission to support ethical, non-discriminatory and lawful biometrics use for general social benefit.

The SIA announced the formation of the IBTAB in December, when Clear, Leidos and SAIC joined in via integration of the Identity Technology Association.

WEF forms group to take action on AI ethics

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has formed a Global AI Action Alliance, bringing together more than 100 companies to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence which is “inclusive, trusted and transparent,” according to an article published to the WEF’s Davos Agenda.

According to the announcement, Google has identified more than 2,600 positive AI use cases, and the technology could generate $15 trillion for the global economy, increasing global GPD by 14 percent by 2030. Controversies around facial recognition, automated decision-making systems and technologies related to COVID-19 tracking, however, show the need for trust to be built up through ethics assurances.

The article’s authors note the proliferation of ethical AI guidelines, but identify both an implementation gap and an educational one.

The new Alliance, supported by a grant from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, is intended to provide a platform to pilot new approaches to ethical AI, scale best practice adoption, share knowledge and pursue collective action in support of AI for universal benefit.

Nuggets newest ID2020 Alliance member

Nuggets has joined the ID2020 Alliance to support its mission of ensuring good ID is available for all.

The company says its position that “privacy is a fundamental human right” aligns with the ID2020 Manifesto.

“We are always excited to welcome organizations who so wholeheartedly embrace our values,” says ID2020 Executive Director Dakota Gruener. “When we talk about complex issues, such as identity and data ownership, we know that transparency is essential to building trust – with customers, partners, and users. We could not be more excited to welcome Nuggets to the Alliance as we work together toward a future with good digital identity for all.”

Nuggets provides a platform for decentralized, self-sovereign ID and payments, including single sign-on with biometrics.

“Frustratingly, 2020 was the worst year on record for data breaches, signalling a seismic shift in consumer attitudes towards privacy,” observes Alastair Johnson, CEO and founder of Nuggets. “On this Data Privacy Day – held annually on January 28 to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust – it feels particularly timely for Nuggets to join forces with ID2020 and the other brand leaders that are helping to make protecting customers’ data a top priority in this increasingly data-driven digital world.”

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