Disruptive innovation

The implications of new-emerging eID and eGOV solutions

Morning conference with invited speakers and panel discussion, addressing the digital transformations affecting public services to residents of Europe and Iceland: digital identities and data deluge. EDIH Iceland CoLab #4 and the IMPULSE project host this conference. 

Recordings of the event are now available on this website.

Time & Place

Reykjavík City Hall, Tjarnarsalur, Thursday 21. September 9-12. 

We start with refreshments at. 8:30


9:00–11:00 - Speakers 

  • Connor Fitzmaurice, Policy officer in the eGovernment & Trust Unit, Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), focusing on the piloting and implementation of the European Digital Identity Wallet.
    - A Digital Identity for All Europeans – The European Digital Identity Wallet.
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  • Þorsteinn J. Árnason, legal advisor in the Office of public management and reform at the Ministry of finance and economic affairs, focusing on digital transformation and the accompanying legal and regulatory challenges. 
    - eIDs and the Digital Transformation in Iceland. Lessons to-date and how the Icelandic government approaches developments in relation to its commitments to the European single market. 
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  • Alicia Jiménez González is a telecommunications engineer with a Masters in international RD&I management. She has been a European Project Manager for 12 years, currently leading the EU department at Gradiant Technologies (Galician R&D Center in Advanced Telecommunications). Her experience of digital transformation projects covers the public domain, industry, health and primary care sectors.
    - IMPULSE: transforming public services in Europe with eID. Lessons learnt and the next steps for AI and blockchain inclusion in digitizing eGovernment.
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  • Óskar J. Sandholt, director of the Department of services and innovation, City of Reykjavík.
    - Never stop daring:  Reykjavík City's digital transformation journey.
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11:00–12:00 - Expert Panel

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Convener: Alexandra Briem, City councilor and chair of Reykjavík's Digital council.

Panel members:
Haraldur Bjarnason, CEO of Auðkenni, the federated eID provider in Iceland. He has worked with eID and eSignature developments for two decades, participating in various expert groups and European co-founded eID projects like STORK and NOBID.

Bertille Auvray, European project manager at Pôle TES in Normandy, specialized in digital technologies. She is in charge of drafting roadmaps, providing guidelines and recommendations for the implementation and adoption of technology solutions. She is also involved in DIHNAMO, the Norman EDIH specialized in connected, safe and sustainable mobility.

Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson, service designer and digital leader of the Department of services and innovation at the City of Reykjavík. Búi is a social designer with experience in topics such as mapping the experiences of asylum seeking children and job satisfaction and skills in the prison as a workplace.

Inga Björk Margrétar Bjarnadóttir, disability rights specialist and doctorate student at the University of Iceland. She has received the accessibility award granted by the City of Reykjavík for her fight for digital inclusion.

Connor Fitzmaurice, policy officer at DG-CNECT, the eGovernment & Trust Unit, focusing on the implementation of the EU Digital Identity Wallet.

Nicholas Martin, senior researcher at the Fraunhofer ISI. Nicholas' work mostly focuses on the impact and regulation of new technologies as well as the policies to foster technology development and deployment.

They will have the opportunity each to comment on the talks, add a thought or a question. Thereafter, we will work with a thematic scope  of open questions that can be narrowed as needed to respond to any one or more of the challenges the talks have raised, including but not limited to:  

  • the most prominent trust, usability, privacy, security, and other issues engendered by disruptive technologies in eGov developments. 

  • the differences (if any) in approaching the implementation and adoption of disruptive technologies locally, nationally and internationally. 

Questions will be taken from the audience.


Streaming was recorded and made available here.

Impact of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Electronic Identities

IMPULSE “Identity Management in PUbLic Services” aims to transform the mainstream discourse on digital identity by drawing up a user-centric multi-stage method of multidisciplinary evaluation of eID management that combines the bottom-up approach of co-creation with the need for a universal vision of digital identity ethics in providing public services.