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Biometrics Institute unveils major educational events for 2021

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A number of educational activities intended to edify the biometrics community on how to improve the use of biometric identification and verification technology within the context of changing global realities, as well as a range of related topics, has been rolled out by the Biometrics Institute.

The series of events begins with the flagship Biometrics Vulnerabilities Workshop slated for February 10, the Institute announced in a press release.

Scheduled to take place online, the workshop will examine issues related to risk management for vulnerabilities and biometric standards, including certification and testing. There will be an exchange with industry experts on questions around this topic.

Two prominent Biometrics Institute members will lead the event; Stephanie Schuckers, who heads the Biometrics Institute Academic Research and Innovation Group, and Dr. Ted Dunstone, the Institute’s founder and head of its Security and Integrity Expert Group.

Global Good Practice Series

Dates for events within the framework of the Institute’s new Global Good Practice Series have also been disclosed. The series will be run throughout the year, but the first event is slated for March 3 with the goal of helping delegates put a biometrics good practice framework document of the organization into practical use.

‘Biometrics and surveillance’ will be the principal topic of the March 3 event, part of the ‘Global Good Practice Series,’ where experts will present different use cases and try to clear some of the existing doubts around the proportionality and ethics of biometrics and facial recognition technology with reference to the Institute’s ‘Good Practice Framework.’

The second and third events in the Global Good Practice series, the Biometrics Institute announced, take place in late April and late May respectively. The April event will discuss digital onboarding and biometrics, and a good practice paper on the subject detailing principles to keep in mind while using biometrics for remote enrolment will be published in the course of this month.

During the May event, attendees will be expected to have gained an understanding of the Biometrics Institute’s new good practice framework. Priority themes selected by institute experts will be discussed, and a vote will be held on which of the themes discussed should be covered at the following event.

Another big event line up by the Biometrics Institute in the course of 2021 is the 10th annual ID@Borders and Future of Travel Conference. Planned to be a two-day virtual activity on April 20 and 27, the event will bring together a wide range of experts who will dissect some of the problems facing the global travel industry, and how they can be addressed with digital ID technologies.

The last major event of the year for the organization is the Biometrics Institute Congress. The release states that the event will take place on October 20 and 21 in London, but whether all or part of it will be online will subsequently be determined depending on the situation of the coronavirus pandemic.

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