We need to get digital ID right

The ability to prove one's identity is an essential precursor for social, political, and economic empowerment. But most current ID systems are archaic, insecure, lack adequate privacy protection, and for nearly a billion people globally, entirely inaccessible. The future of Ddgital ID is being defined now — and we need to get it right.

We need to get digital ID right

The ability to prove one's identity is an essential precursor for social, political, and economic empowerment. But most current ID systems are archaic, insecure, lack adequate privacy protection, and for nearly a billion people globally, entirely inaccessible. The future of digital ID is being defined now — and we need to get it right.

We need to get digital ID right

The ability to prove one's identity is an essential precursor for social, political, and economic empowerment. But most current ID systems are archaic, insecure, lack adequate privacy protection, and for nearly a billion people globally, entirely inaccessible. The future of digital ID is being defined now — and we need to get it right.

We need to get digital ID right

The ability to prove one's identity is an essential precursor for social, political, and economic empowerment. But most current ID systems are archaic, insecure, lack adequate privacy protection, and for nearly a billion people globally, entirely inaccessible. The future of digital ID is being defined now — and we need to get it right.

The Good Health Pass Collaborative

In February, ID2020 launched the Good Health Pass Collaborative, an open, inclusive, cross-sector initiative to create a blueprint for interoperable digital health pass systems that will help restore global travel and restart the global economy.

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1 Billion

People Worldwide Live
Without A Digital ID

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Identity data

is outside of
individual control

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Protections for

privacy are
insufficient

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Identity is

neither portable
nor persistent

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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.

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Providing program support to accelerate the uptake of good digital ID.

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Steering the market towards good digital ID solutions through the ID2020 Certification.

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Advocating for ethical approaches to digital ID.

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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
Microsoft
Gavi
Accenture

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