ID2020 and Digital Impact Alliance Join Forces to Champion People-Centric Digital Transformation
San Francisco and Washington D.C., August 2, 2023 – Today, ID2020 and the Digital Impact Alliance announce plans to unite in the push for digital transformation efforts to serve the best interests and wellbeing of people and society. Going forward, the Digital Impact Alliance will house ID2020’s unique knowledge, products, and expertise in digital ID, and will integrate the importance of ethical digital ID in the continued promotion of inclusive and trusted digital public infrastructure and data governance.
Since 2016, ID2020 has promoted ethical, privacy-protecting approaches to digital ID as a means to promote equitable social, political, and economic empowerment and protect human rights.
Nearly one billion people – roughly one person in eight globally – lack the means to prove their identity through any widely recognized means. If properly designed and implemented, digital ID could offer equitable access to vital services and enable individuals to exercise their rights as citizens and voters and participate in the modern economy. But doing digital ID right means protecting civil liberties and putting control over personal data back where it belongs...in the hands of the individual.
Every day, we rely on a variety of forms of identification to go about our lives: our driver’s licenses, passports, work badges and building access cards, debit and credit cards, transit passes, and more.
But technology is evolving at a blinding pace, and many of the transactions that require identification are today being conducted digitally. From e-passports to digital wallets, online banking to social media accounts, these new forms of digital ID allow us to travel, conduct business, access financial and health records, stay connected, and much more.
While the process of digital transformation has had many positive effects, it has been accompanied by countless challenges and setbacks, including large-scale data breaches affecting millions of people. Most of the current tools are archaic, insecure, lack appropriate privacy protections, and commoditize our data. But that’s about to change, and ID2020 is leading the charge.
We are businesses, nonprofits, governments, and individuals...working in collaboration to ensure that the future of digital identity is, indeed, #goodID.
Closing the identity gap is an enormous challenge. It will take the work of many committed people and organizations coming together across different geographies, sectors and technologies. But it’s exciting to imagine a world where safe and secure digital identities are possible, providing everyone with an essential building block to every right and opportunity they deserve.Peggy Johnson Executive VP, Business Development, Microsoft Corporation
Digital identity has the capacity to enable access to vital, life-saving services in many different development and humanitarian contexts, including by accelerating access to basic health care systems. I am excited to join ID2020's Executive Board, and guide the organization and partners in harnessing innovative technologies and multi-sectoral collaboration to benefit the world's most vulnerable populations.Dr. Seth Berkley CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Accenture has joined the ID2020 Alliance with partners like Microsoft to create an open, human-centric approach to identity. The alliance draws on advances in biometrics and innovative technologies and brings together expertise from business, government and non-government agencies.Christine Leong Digital Identity Innovations Lead