The ability to prove who you are is a basic human right and critical to a life of dignity and opportunity. But over 1 billion people, including over 230 million young children, are unable to prove their identity through any recognized means. As such, they lack basic protections under the law, are unable to access vital social services, participate as a citizen or a voter, or transact in the modern economy.
There is increasing urgency, at many levels, to close this identity gap quickly and, by harnessing the power of information technology, address it digitally. But it is also plainly clear that digital ID solutions, if not thoughtfully designed and carefully implemented, pose a variety of risks. Increased interest in closing the ID gap has, unfortunately, accelerated programs that neglect concerns about privacy or user-management.
Founded in 2016, the ID2020 Alliance is a global partnership that is working to accelerate the adoption of user-managed, privacy-protecting and portable digital ID solutions. Sustained, multi-stakeholder collaboration is vital to ensure that the technologies that are developed and adopted are informed by the needs of countries and individuals and that programs and policies reflect recent technical innovations. As a partnership of global businesses and non-profit organizations, ID2020 has a route to impact at a scale commensurate to the challenge.
We have ambitious plans that will require an incredible team with fresh perspectives and a willingness to think outside the box. Our team is comprised of individuals who both dream and do, and who infuse their work with a deep commitment to ID2020’s mission and values (ID2020 Manifesto).
The ability to prove who you are is a basic human right and critical to a life of dignity and opportunity. But over 1 billion people, including over 230 million young children, are unable to prove their identity through any recognized means. As…