After the first year of activity the interim conclusions of the consultations of the Network consultations were as follows:
What concerns the Stakeholders consultation Work Package:
The objectives of this Work Package were to find out the "WHAT" of this Thematic Network consultation exercise, what are the needs and opportunities for the different stakeholders (industrial and societal sectors), more precisely:
- Conduct consultations and ensure that data acquisition and data presentation from all stakeholder sectors are in suitable formats for the Outcomes Management.
- Ensure that all consultations are unbiased and fair
- Ensure that all stakeholder experts are providing utilising the necessary tools.
- Improve the stakeholder sector representation by increasing the number of experts during the course of the Thematic Network.
- In conjunction with the Dissemination WP, assist stakeholder experts in building their sector consultations.
WP3 interim Conclusion: 1 - Diversity of Perception of eID
One of the main conclusions inventorying the work done during the first year of stakeholder consultations is the different sense of awareness about Single Digital Identity in the different stakeholder groups.
WP3 interim Conclusion: 2 - Need for Orchestration of Efforts
Another important conclusion to make after one year of SSEDIC stakeholder consultations is: there is quite some competition in the area of eID related framework projects.
What concerns the Technical Infrastructure Management Work Package:
It has become clear over the first 12 months of SSEDIC that all the technical components for a Single Digital Identity Community are available now, or just require a small number of releases to become useable within any ecosystem.
However vital issues which will influence how these final questions are dealt with are yet to be solved:
WP4 Conclusion: 1 - Consequences of a Single Digital Community
How would a digital identity ecosystem withstand catastrophic failure due to failure of critical nodes through hardware, software or communication faults? The result of a major failure to a digital identity oriented economy has yet to be quantified. The impact on GNP, either at Member State level or at EU-wide level will inevitably be major. This resilience may not only be technical but also one of data integrity.
WP4 Conclusion 2 - Standards and Certification
As a Single Digital Identity Community relies on TRUST, it is essential that there is mutual recognition of the level of quality and certainty of each and every component in the system, whether hardware, software or data. Additionally interfaces must be predictable across all components regardless of owner or geography. Without these factors being determined, technical solutions cannot be decided upon and the architecture cannot be finalised.
WP4 Conclusion 3 - Digital Education
Continuous education in the schools is needed to ensure that the maximum number of citizens are educated to a satisfactory standard in the use of digital credentials. It is essential to transform current young people from "Digital Natives" akin to Mowgli (Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book 1894) , where social digital skills are learnt in the street, to "Digital Citizens" who have formally learnt best practice and digital ethics in the classroom.
WP4 Conclusion 4 - Coordination of Efforts within EU
Hindrance to general progress is the large number of parallel programs, all funded by the EC which are attempting to develop a similar architecture. Additional overview and coordination of these programs is essential. WP4 participants are active in many of these programs and even stronger attempts to bring a common awareness across all the programs are needed and will be carried out within WP4
What concerns the Business modelling and regulation Work Package:
During the first year of work in WP 5 it became evident that the main challenges towards establishing a SINGLE EUROPEAN DIGITAL IDENTITY COMMUNITY are not primarily of a technological nature but lie in creating a viable legal and governance framework at the national, European and international level.
WP5 Interim Conclusion 1
An EU wide governance framework for eID must be in place for a single European digital identity community. The global scale of the World Wide Web and the global reach of digital identities require a close integration between the European efforts and other national and international initiatives like the US NSTIC program.
WP5 Interim Conclusion 2
A governance framework for eID must take the needs of the end user and the private sector appropriately into account. It is not sufficient to solve the digital identity problem for e-government applications alone. It will be essential to pay close attention to underlying legal frameworks, administrative processes and organizational structures and procedures.
WP5 Interim Conclusion 3
Successful business models for eID must combine high usability with creating a high level of trust. This requires both simple and very transparent procedures to evaluate and exchange credentials of different types and with the potential to certify a large variety of attributes. Neutral standards must be in place to support the design of business processes involving eID and increase usability without introducing technological bottlenecks.