"New Phone, Who Dis: Human Authentication in the Digital Age" – Yaakov (LCA 2020)


(known video issue: loss of audio briefly at Q&A at end)

When proving somebody’s identity, it’s usually an important matter and critical to get right. With digital licences springing up around the globe, including here in Australia, how can we be sure that the computer is telling the truth? Does digitising the process actually improve it?

In 2015, the NSW Government announced a commitment to providing digital licences so that people can identify themselves using their smartphones. After a limited trial in 2018 and 2019, the system is supposed to go live to users across the state some time soon. Other countries are…

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