Press Release: K(NO)W Identity Conference Announces Edward Snowden as Keynote Speaker

Conference unites business leaders and experts from around the globe to address identity challenges in a connected world

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 21, 2017 – One World Identity is proud to announce Edward Snowden—whistleblower and former NSA contractor—as the keynote speaker for the K(NO)W Identity Conference in Washington, D.C. which begins May 15, 2017. Appearing via live stream from Russia, Snowden will provide an exclusive talk to conference participants, in addition to holding a live Q&A session with members of the audience.

Snowden became a fugitive of the United States in 2013 when he notoriously blew the whistle on a collection of documents revealing the NSA’s vast and private surveillance network of the American citizens. The impact Snowden left across the technology sector had a lasting effect as it led tech giants like Apple and Facebook began encrypting people’s communications to provide a key protection that not only protected citizens against mass surveillance but against potential cyber security risks. In 2014, Snowden joined the board of directors at Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on protecting the rights of journalists and whistleblowers around the world. Snowden currently remains in Russia in temporary refuge.

The K(NO)W Identity Conference will provide a unique forum for identity experts from across all industries to be at the nexus of ideas and policies that will fundamentally change identity around the world.  Attendees can expect to delve into critical topics such as biometrics, identity access management, fraud prevention and identity verification.

The K(NO)W Identity Conference features a lineup of 150+ notable speakers from the private and public sectors, including:

  • Edward Snowden- Former NSA Contractor, whistleblower – May 15th  
  • Frank Konieczny – Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Air Force – May 16th
  • David Birch – Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion – May 16th
  • Pascal Bouvier – Venture Partner, Santander Innoventures – May 15th
  • Carmi Gillon – Chairman, Cytegic Cybersecurity – May 15th

“Identity is the hidden layer beneath the interactions amongst every business, their employees, and their customers,” said Travis Jarae, Co-Founder and CEO of One World Identity. “The identity industry is integral to business in the 21st century from FinTech to know-your-customer identity verification and anti-fraud as well as identity access management, and biometrics.”

The K(NO)W Identity Conference runs May 15th to 17th at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. Approximately 1500 business leaders, privacy and security experts, tech innovators, and senior policy makers will be attendance.  A fully immersive event, the conference will feature the world’s best event technology to connect attendees digitally and physically unlike ever before.

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About the K(NO)W Identity Conference

The premier global event for the identity industry, the K(NO)W Identity Conference brings together the innovators, regulators and policy-makers shaping the future of identity. From payments, biometrics and FinTech to access management and anti-fraud, the identity industry is at the core of conducting business in the internet era. The 2017 K(NO)W Identity Conference will be held May 15-17, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. featuring 150+ speakers, 300+ companies and over 1,500 attendees.

About One World Identity

The hub for all things identity, One World Identity aims to foster communication, open standards and innovation among the companies and professionals of the identity industry.

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