David Birch

Director, Consult Hyperion, Consult Hyperion
Guildford, United Kingdom

About David

Bio

David G.W. Birch is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the IT management consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. Here he provides specialist consultancy support to clients around the world, including all of the leading payment brands, major telecommunications providers, governments bodies and international organisations including the OECD. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.

Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as “one of Britain’s most acute observers of the internet and social networks”, in The Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading experts on digital money”, in The Independent as a "grade-A geek", by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as "one of the most user-friendly of the UK's uber-techies" and in Financial World as "mad", Dave is a member of the editorial board of the E-Finance & Payments Law and Policy, a columnist for SPEED and well-known for his thought leadership blogging at Tomorrow’s Transactions.

He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies, contributed to publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review to Prospect and Financial World. He wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world.

An idea worth spreading

I only have two ideas. Digital Identity and Digital Money.

I'm passionate about

Raising the bar to make new technology deliver more than people, politicians and professionals think it can.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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David Birch
Posted almost 3 years ago
David Birch: A new way to stop identity theft
"most people don't really care about anonymity," I know, which is why I don't propose it. I am proposing pseudonymity. I think your points about PGP are very interesting. http://www.chyp.com/media/blog-entry/security-isnt-the-killer-app-for-digital-identity/ But I am more optimistic than you. If this kind of virtual identity system were simply built in to mobile phones, then it could be workable.
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David Birch
Posted almost 3 years ago
David Birch: A new way to stop identity theft
"So it seems that identity is actually a mashup of your biometric data. " No, I'm advocating biometric authentication to the local. It's not your identity, it's proof that the identity you present is yours, which in my mind is different.
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David Birch
Posted about 3 years ago
David Birch: A new way to stop identity theft
In the paper, I clearly say that in the pub example, the pub machine asks your card if you are over 18 or not. The card sends back either a) a mathematical proof that you are over 18 together with your photo or b) a large red cross.
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David Birch
Posted about 3 years ago
David Birch: A new way to stop identity theft
"his technology, if it comes about, will be immediately broken by some people" The technology has existed for years and it hasn't been "broken" yet, so I'd say that the statistics are on my side at the moment. Besides, only an idiot would design the system on the assumption that nothing could ever go wrong!