17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

How GOV.UK Verify is using open standards to disrupt the identity market

Adam Cooper (GDS, gov.uk)
10:50–11:30 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Open government
Location: Blenheim Room Level: Non-technical

What you'll learn

  • Understand how an open standards-based approach can be more complicated but in the end more productive and effective than other approaches


Adam Cooper offers lessons from building GOV.UK Verify, a standards-based, federated, cross-government identity assurance service—the first of its kind in the world.

Topics include:

  • How GOV.UK Verify uses published standards to build a new market for identity services, with providers competing and providing different services to the same standards
  • What it’s like trying to implement a service across government while it’s still in beta
  • What it’s like taking a federated, market-based approach rather than building it yourself
  • Lessons learned from developing and improving GOV.UK Verify in the open
  • Lessons from GOV.UK Verify that you could apply to any standards-based, federated service
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Adam Cooper

GDS, gov.uk

Adam Cooper is lead technical architect for the Identity Assurance Programme within the Government Digital Service, part of the UK Cabinet Office. Responsible for the overall technical architecture of the UK eID service, GOV.UK Verify, Adam is also an expert contributor to the eIDAS Regulation regarding cross-border eID and champions international standards with bodies such as OASIS, OpenID Foundation, FIDO Alliance, ISO, ETSI, and the W3C.