Omidyar Network’s past, present, and future role in the digital identity space By Thea Anderson, Ellen Jacobs, Robert Karanja, Govind Shivkumar, and Abiah Weaver of …
This week, leaders from 95 countries have traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the ID4Africa annual meeting and learn more about the rapidly growing domain of digital identity. Discussions are expected to range from from legal frameworks, institutional arrangements, and governance to data protection, privacy, and human rights with a special focus on how to deliver government services in an inclusive way.
For three years, Omidyar Network has used the term “Good ID” to characterize the forms of digital identity we would like to see in the world. This week, the Digital Identity team adds more definition to that vision.
In the past decade alone, more than 110 countries have initiated identification schemes. These programs are often implemented with an initial use case, such as the delivery of subsidies. Over time, however, the issued ID is used for many other uses such as paying taxes, opening bank accounts, entering the education system, accessing critical medication, or even participating in sports competitions.