The Great ID Debate

This House Believes that we are rushing into an unknown digital identity future

Thursday 15 October 2020 @ 3pm BST

The move away from physical identity towards its digital equivalent has accelerated in response to COVID-19. But, can we trust the managers of the massive digital databases being created to handle our personally identifiable information with competence and use it solely for the purpose intended?

In light of this, we invite you to join us as we debate this important question. The debate will follow a classic format adapted slightly for the online world, so will have a proposer and an opposer of the motion that ‘This House Believes that we are rushing into an unknown digital identity future’.

Let your voice be heard and your vote be counted as Ian Lancaster proposes the motion that ‘This House Believes that we are rushing into an unknown digital identity future’ – a view that will be vigorously opposed by Joshua Mármol.

Ian Lancaster – proposing the motion

Ian is an independent consultant and Reconnaissance Associate, having founded the company in 1990 and been its Managing Director until 2015. He was Director and is now Chairman of the Optical Document Security conference and Chairman of the Digital Document Security conference. He was lead writer and editor of Reconnaissance’s 2020 pre-COVID White Paper Physical to Digital: A Revolution in Document Security and remains sceptical of the trust we place in our digital devices.

Joshua Mármol – opposing the motion

Joshua Mármol is Managing Director of GET Secure ID Corp for GET Group’s LATAM business division where he manages the business strategy for growing GET Group’s presence in that region and is focused on introducing ISO standards-based digital identity solutions to market.   He also holds the role of General Counsel for the GET Passport and ID Division. Joshua holds a B.A (Magna Cum Laude) from Boston College in History and Theology. He obtained his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Boston College and is a passionate advocate for the societal benefits that unique digital identities can gain for all world citizens.