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Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Title: Information Day: Attribute Based Credentials for privacy preserving identity management: Legal and technical issues, implementation initiatives, and future trends
Location: Athens, Greece

The number of transactions performed electronically is rising fast. Every day people use the Internet for a variety of services, including accessing personal information, electronic purchases, e-banking, as well as interactions with government bodies. As securing these transactions requires strong authentication, electronic authentication tokens, or digital credentials, are employed.
Up to now, however, the digital credentials employed for authenticating or identifying users do not respect users’ privacy. They invariably reveal the identity of the holder even though the service may require much less information, for instance only confirmation that the user is a teenager or he/she is eligible for certain social benefits.

In contrast to that, the new concept of Attribute-based Credentials (ABCs) allows a holder to reveal only the information required by the application, without giving away full identity information, preserving in this way the privacy of service users. Such digital credentials, consequently, can be the cornerstone of a trustworthy and at the same time privacy-protecting digital society. In particular for Greece, ABCs can be the main ingredient of the forthcoming digital identification card as well as the electronic health card that will, soon, be introduced towards the reform of the public sector and the strengthening of eGovernance in the country.

ABC4Trust is a European project (https://abc4trust.eu/) whose goal is to address the federation and interoperability of existing technologies that support trustworthy and privacy-preserving ABC-based user authentication. Computer Technology Institute and Press - "Diophantus" (CTI), as a member of the ABC4Trust consortium, organizes an information day on Attribute Based Credentials and their role in future eIdentity management technologies and policies. The event will be held on 20th September 2011 at the main conference room of TITANIA Hotel (Panepisthmiou 52 , Athens, Greece, "OURANOS" Conference Center, on the 10th floor) in the center of Athens.

You are cordially invited to attend the talks, which will be delivered by members of the ABC4Trust consortium, who are pioneers of the ABCs technologies, experts on Identity Management services, as well as specialists in the involved legal issues and policies. Following the talks, a round table discussion will take place in which the speakers will discuss with the audience the possibility of incorporating ABCs as an “off-the-shelf” solution in existing products and Internet services as well as future privacy preserving eIdentity management systems.

If you plan to attend the information day, you may fill in the registration form.

In order to view the program of the information day, you may follow the link: http://www.abc4trust.eu/index.php/events/94.

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