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Clemens Guedel

FOKUS with the innovation cluster »Next Generation ID« at the World Economic Forum

News from Jan. 23, 2014

The Fraunhofer innovation cluster »Next Generation ID« (NGID) presented its strategies for future ID-Technologies at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 22nd.

On the panel called "Addressing Identity of People and Things, Privacy, Security and Trust in the Cloud“, leading experts from politics, economics and research discussed new challenges in the field of data- protection and cybersecurity as well as strategies for a secure identity management.

Despite the early hour, the Swiss eSecurity company Wisekey supported by International Organization for the Security of Electronic Transactions and Fraunhofer FOKUS won prominent speakers for the first day at World Economic Forum: Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes, Prof. Dr. Thomas Andersson and chairman of the EU-consortium Global Identity Networking of Individuals – Support Action (GINI-SA), the Secretary of Commerce of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil, Humberto Luiz Ribeiro and the speaker of the NGID-cluster, Marina Grigorian joined the debate with Carlos Moreira, CEO of WISeKey, who led the discussion and advised the UN on IT and eSecurity for 15 years.

The panelists agreed: traditional regulations will not be able to bear the challenges of the digital world anymore. Instead, experimental processes need to be enabled, through which users are becoming able to play a key part in sharing data as a basis of demonstrating and pulling solutions that meet real needs. Ms. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Information Society, pointed to current developments as a wake-up call and hailed the recent decision of the UN to declare control of personal identity a personal human right.

The Fraunhofer innovation cluster “Next Generation ID“ takes this approach even one step further: in cooperation with partners from administration and industry the cluster develops secure identities as the basis of critical infrastructures. NGID aims to build a strong network and create a solution portfolio for a “Secure Identity Roadmap 2020”. “But scaling up is prevented by the lack of venture capital and professional business services support, in effect resulting in a sell-out of potentially path-breaking new approaches to the incumbent market leaders overseas”, appealed Marina Grigorian, speaker of the NGID-cluster, at WOF. “We intend to tap the ideal circumstances for innovations here in Berlin.”

A strong message of adopting a new tack to the role of policy versus market forces and to include users and policy in decision-making processes was one of the panelists concluding statements. Therefor an innovation cycle needs to be established that exploits the creative potential of all stakeholders by creating “Living labs”. Prof. Dr. Thomas Andersson, chairman of the EU-consortium Global Identity Networking of Individuals – Support Action (GINI-SA) and the Secretary of Commerce of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil, Humberto Luiz Ribeiro, also attended the event.

A "Davos Statement" will be issued shortly based on the conclusions.