Virtual Pre-Conference Workshop



Thursday, 22 July 2021 : 13.00 Hrs – 21.00 Hrs IST

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is pleased to present its third InDIITA virtual Workshop. InDIITA 2021 is a virtual pre-conference workshop along with “IEEE Conference on Nobert Wiener in the 21st Century”
Building on previous event success, the goal of the 2021 workshop is to develop an outcome- based community that will continue to address the following challenges:

  • Securing affordable accessibility for disconnected communities.
  • Building a trust framework for protecting the digital personal.
  • Enabling the digital citizen’s right to manage (agency) who, when, what and how they want to transact with other entities.

Topics discussed/presented during this workshop:

“TRUST- a Center Out Approach”

Being Human in Global village of 21st Century not only provides an opportunity to rebuild and grow the TRUST in a global economy but also shares a beautiful opportunity to bring the core principle of DIITA as an enabling and guiding strategy for Technology led growth. What are the principles to adhere?

“Challenges and Issues in e-Authentication: A Humanitarian Perspective”

One of the most important attributes of Information Security is Authentication. It is the act of proving to someone that you are the one who you claim to be. This process is dependent on identity validation. One way to ascertain identity of a person over Internet is the use of Password based Authentication wherein the claimant provides the login credentials to the verifier to get access to the restricted resources. Presently, the websites protect the sensitive information with mere username and password which makes the user authentication more critical in combating threats. To address the security of the authentication systems, the usability is compromised. Usability of a web authentication system is the convenience factor. Thus, a web based service provider needs to offer usable and secure authentication systems. If the authentication system is not usable or secure then it leads to various inconveniences, risks and attacks resulting in financial losses of the users.
This session will cover the challenges, issues, risks associated with the current day authentication systems from the humanitarian perspective.


“Decentralised Identity”

Disrupting Online and Offline Identity and Provenance
With the challenges of existing identity models (centralized and federated), Decentralized Digital Identity has emerged as next trend setter. The decentralization can bring trust in the entire Digital Trust Ecosystem. We will also look at some global implementations and use cases.

“Foundational Digital IDs: Country Experiences”

The requirement of a unique legal identity for all individuals to participate in the economy was recognized in various forms since the early twentieth century. Digitization has helped accelerate the development and implementation of Digital Identities across the world. However, it is pointed out by the World Bank, how the formal systems for identification of individuals, authentication of the presented identity and authorization of the services relevant for the individuals are often not present or have failed in many developing countries, thereby denying a range of rights and services such as access to healthcare, education, and finance to those in need. In this talk, we present the basic tenets of unique foundational digital ID systems; a cross-country comparison of the status of such IDs; and the success and failure stories in select countries. Finally, we present certain prescriptions for the successful deployment of such digital ID systems.

“The role of Frugal technologies for rural connectivity”

Advancement and innovation have been at the forefront of technology development for connecting the unconnected globally. In the recently concluded WSIS Forum 2021, in a high-level track on bridging the digital divide, a call was made to use whatever technology available to get the last mile connected. This suggests that technology advancement has not been able to solve the problem of internet connectivity in the last mile. In my presentation, I will be discussing about what could be the possible technology advancements which can meet the demands of the rural population. I will emphasise on the role of frugal technologies for rural internet connectivity. Note here that Frugal should be viewed as cost effective and thus sustainable. As connectivity and the requirements of the rural areas are different from the urban areas, technology advancement trajectories need to be customised for uptake of the technology in rural areas. The pathways of technology development for rural connectivity should be more focused on sustainability, usability, adaptability and not too dictated by standardisation and commercialisation. To showcase how frugal technologies are being adopted and developed based on the needs of the rural communities, I will discuss about Community Networks (CN). These networks are set up by the people, for the people and bases itself on the needs and the requirements of the communities. In order to make rural connectivity cost effective and sustainable, we need to bring up the relevance of frugal technologies in the policy debate for rural connectivity.

Greg Adamson, Principal, Digital Risk Innovation, Australia
Harpal Singh Toor, Client Executive, Pegasystems, Germany
Kirankalyan Kulkarni, CEO, Ayanworks, India
Mohammed Misbahuddin, Joint Director, CDAC, India
Sarbani Belur, Senior Research Scientist, IIT Bombay, India
V Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore, India

Tentative Virtual Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule

All Timings are in IST

13.00 – 13.55 : Registration




13.55 – 14.10

Introduction to DIITA

Greg Adamson

14.10 – 14.50

The role of Frugal technologies for rural connectivity(Demo) Sarbani Belur
14.50 – 15.10

Tea/Coffee Break

15.10 – 16.10

Challenges and Issues in e-Authentication: A Humanitarian Perspective

Mohammed Misbahuddin

16.10 – 16.40

Trust – A Centre out Approach

Harpal Singh Toor

16.40 – 17.40

Foundational Digital Ids – Country Experiences

V Sridhar

17.40 – 18.40

Decentralised Identity(Demo)

Kirankalyan Kulkarni

18.40 – 18.45 Closing remarks

Munir Mohammed

19.00 – 21.00 Virtual
Conference Inauguration
Dr. (Ms) L Suganthi
Dean, CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai.
Prof. Greg Adamson, Program Chair.
Mr. Narayana Murthy
Indian IT industrialist and the Co-Founder of Infosys.
IEEE SSIT Norbert Wiener Award
Prof. T V Gopal, Conference Chair.
Prof. K S Narendra
Harold W. Cheel Research Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Director, Center for Systems Science, Yale University, USA.
Q & A
Prof. T Srinivas, Planning Chair.

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InDIITA 2021 Speakers Profile

Greg Adamson

Dr. Greg Adamson is currently working as Senior Risk and Security Manager for COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria, Australia. He’s also honorary visiting professor at University of Melbourne and Principal at Digital Risk Innovation, Melbourne. He serves as Chair for Ethics and Conduct Committee, Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust and Agent (DIITA) and Vice President of Technical Activities for IEEE Society for Social Impact of Technologies (SSIT).

Sarbani Belur

Dr. Sarbani Banerjee Belur holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She has a MA in Sociology from the University of Hyderabad. Currently she is a senior research scientist in the Gram Marg Rural Broadband initiative at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai, India. She has published in international conferences, contributed book chapters and has authored a book in the areas of demography and social issues. Her current work involves increasing digital outreach to remote and rural areas of India, women and their usage of connectivity, development of sustainable business models supporting the Public-Private-Panchayat Partnership (4-P) model, seeding the growth of community networks, developing community technologies, meaningful usage and utilisation of connectivity, and impact assessment studies of connectivity in the lives of people.

Mohammed Misbahuddin

Dr. Misbahuddin is currently working as Joint Director at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). He has worked on e-Pramaan which is a National e-Authentication service offered by DeitY, Government of India. He has been research guide and has authored many technical articles and documents with high citations.

Harpalsingh Toor

Harpal is enabling conscientious Digital societies for business Innovation, efficiencies and Strategic Growth Focussed around digital experience, next generation of Business models and business Architecture, Harpal is a purpose driven and trusted Professional with expertise in using innovative Technologies and driving digital strategies. As a believer in Innovation led digital transformation for Industry X.0 , Harpal is passionate about Ethical and Responsible use of Technology .Harpal is keen to share and learn from peers in the industry and contribute towards as Integrity and trust based digital society progress. His current focus is around Ethical human experiences via connected and collaborative solutions. Harpal holds a Master in Information Technology and Bachelor in Computer Science degree.

V Sridhar

Dr. V. Sridhar is Professor at the Centre for IT and Public Policy at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, India. He is the author of two books published by the Oxford University Press: The Telecom Revolution in India: Technology, Regulation and Policy (2012), and The Dynamics of Spectrum Management: Legacy, Technology, and Economics (2014). His third book titled Emerging ICT Polices and Regulations: Roadmap to Digital Economies was published in 2019 by Springer Nature. He is currently editing a book titled Data Centric Living: Algorithms, Digitization and Regulation, to be published by Routledge. Dr. Sridhar has taught at many Institutions in the USA, Finland, New Zealand and India. He has received funding from different sources, both national and international for his research projects, recent ones being from Facebook and Azim Premji University Research Foundation. He has been a member of Government of India committees on Telecom and IT and has published many peer reviewed articles in telecom and information systems journals. Dr. Sridhar has a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, U.S.A.

Kirankalyan Kulkarni

Kirankalyan is the co-founder and CEO of Ayanworks Technology Solutions Pvt, Ltd and Blockster Labs. Kirankalyan Kulkarni is a determined and highly influential author. He has more than 17 years of experience in various technologies and has more than 9 years of experience in hands-on programs, delivery, and account management. He has managed teams of around 125 professionals across global locations, including entry-level developers, project managers, and architects. He researches blockchain and its underlying architecture with Hyperledger and Ethereum variants.

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