CWIC 2022 - David Pollington, Bloc Ventures

Assembling the Scaffolding for Identity in Web3

Erosion in online trust is undermining the digital economy. The Internet wasn't designed with an integrated layer for digital identity, security, and privacy and as a result we're now suffering from a plethora of cybersecurity and cyberprivacy problems that risk inhibiting the wide-reaching potential of the metaverse. Evolving to a more decentralised approach to identity, returning control to users and facilitating a more trustworthy ecosystem has long been the idealists' goal. And as a vision it's great, but in practice has been facing a multitude of obstacles ranging from industry resistance and government bureaucracy through to consumer indifference. The aim of this presentation is to discuss the state of identity on the Internet, what's being done to improve the situation, the chances of its success, and the impact it may have if current efforts fail.

About David Pollington

David-PollingtonDavid is an experienced technologist with 26+ years pioneering in the mobile industry starting at Vodafone R&D where he led teams across four geographies and then at GSMA where as a Senior Technical Director he led strategic programmes with mobile operators and industry partners on a worldwide basis. During this time David established a strong reputation across the mobile industry for thought leadership, strategic analysis, technical knowledge across a broad set of disciplines, clear communication and effective development of new business opportunities with partners using existing and emerging technologies.

David is now the Head of Research for Bloc Ventures, using his extensive cross-sector knowledge and expertise to identify key technological trends and uncover prospects for Bloc's Dealflow as well as helping Bloc's portfolio companies to optimally position themselves for success. David is a Chartered engineer (IET) with a Masters degree (MEng) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, London and has 7 patents.


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