New as I am to the NIC community, I have had a little time to reflect on the commonalities on consent application across the globe. Across the pond in the UK we often pursued a path which we felt was unique and uncharted. It is clear to me, however, that the reality of consent transcends many international boundaries. The requirement for a granular unified approach, with the individual at the centre to improve outcomes for those who need it most is key to the principles of best practice and safeguarding we apply across the pond, and wrestled with for so many years to bring into practice.
Building interoperability into systems and processes in diverse environments and cultures which would benefit so much from closer alignment remains a challenge not only in thinking and technology, but also in law and in fact.
I can only hope that some of the formative work which is now embedded in our UK information sharing frameworks, especially for the safeguarding of children, can help to support the outstanding work which is being undertaken on such a large scale in the US and beyond.
I look forward to seeing you all again at the next meeting, where I shall continue to stay awake and take notes!