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New organisation to promote digital identity in NZ

New Zealand is about to have its first formal digital identity organisation in the form of Digital Identity NZ, and it will be spearheaded by NZTech.

According to a recent report, Digital Identity NZ will promote digital identity to New Zealanders. It will also promote open standards and policy that allows room for innovation.

It will be the country’s newest not-for-profit organisation that will bring together private and government organisations in order to make digital identity easier and more secure for everyone in New Zealand.

The purpose of the organisation is to guarantee that the country will be a country where everyone can fully participate in society by confidently expressing their digital identity.

Digital identity has become a part of a number of everyday transactions. These transactions include signing on to a website to buy a product or service, visiting a hospital, or getting a tax refund.

It has become such a commonplace that there are now several times per week wherein people needed some form of digital identity. Add to that how there are so many ways of providing it.

That complexity can be challenging for customers or users of that technology. Concerns that people contend with include questions of security, privacy and consent that are becoming increasingly important for all to consider.

However, digital identity has incredible potential which can be utilised in the future.

One is the use of a selfie-ID. It is a form of facial recognition that some banks are now allowing customers to use in order to open accounts without having to visit a branch.

Other organisations, meanwhile, use fingerprints or voice recognition.

RealMe is a government initiative that has been in existence for many years but there are doubts whether a centralised ID is the best approach in a world where people want ease of use and mobility, and privacy and security as well.

Blockchain is also on the cutting-edge of digital identity.

There are countries that have already created a single government ID number that is central to many identity-based services.

Japan and India, for instance, require a single ID to access government services. Moreover, Estonia has issued every citizen a digital ID card since 2001.

It is significant that all New Zealanders, companies and organisations are informed of what digital identity exactly is.

Digital identity not only prevents fraud, but it also asserts who the person is in society.

As more and more activities are done online, it is necessary to adapt how people are being enabled to claim who they are.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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