The Scottish Government's Digital Strategy had articulated a simple aim:
‘Work with stakeholders, privacy interests and members of the public to develop a robust, secure and trustworthy mechanism by which an individual member of the public can demonstrate their identity online. '
But nothing is that simple. On 5 October, Open Rights Group and other privacy interest groups will be meeting with the Scottish Government to discuss the proposals. This public event, hosted by Open Rights Group and the Open Government Network, is for people to come and learn the history of identity debates in Scotland and the UK, the current situation and status of government proposals, and discuss people's concerns before meeting with the Government. 3 diverse speakers will be giving their input across the evening:
John Welford - No2ID - Discussing the historical aspect of ID sytems and the concerns of badly designed systems.
Matthew Rice - Open Rights Group - Discussing the current legal and policy landscape that a system will have to meet.
Alex Stobart - Mydex - Presenting Mydex's vision of a person-centred solution
There will be oppportunity throughout to discuss the issues raised.
This meeting is co-hosted between Open Rights Group and Open Government Network (http://www.opengovernment.org.uk/), a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through transparency, participation and accountability.
The Open Government Network posting for the event is here. (https://www.meetup.com/Scotland-Open-Government-Meetup/events/243769509/)