How Digital Identity Makes an Impact on a Global Scale
Identity is essential to everything we do, but sometimes, we take it for granted. In countries like the United States, our identity is given to us right at birth with a birth certificate, but other countries, identities for people don’t come as easy. In developing countries, 1 in 3 children under the age of five technically don’t exist because they weren’t issued a birth certificate.
“The challenge is that in poor countries, an increasing number of people live under the radar, invisible to the often archaic, paper-based methods used to certify births, deaths, and marriages,” Dr. Seth Berkley wrote in the MIT Technology Review. “This can have a lasting impact on children’s lives, leaving them vulnerable to neglect and abuse.”
In his essay, Dr. Berkley’s essay discusses how the key to identity verification for people in developing countries is to curate a digital identity.
“As with any digital identity technology, security, reliability, and privacy are paramount. But given the potential benefits, this kind of technology could transform the lives of millions of the most vulnerable children,” Dr. Berkley wrote. “And by giving them visibility in the digital world, we can help prevent a life of invisibility in the real world.”
- In some countries, a digital identity has a huge impact on how people can access life-saving services.
- The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16 requires 193 member countries to have a legal form of ID by 2030. This goal is to help safeguard and give millions of people access to things such as education, health services, and the right to vote.
- Digital Identity is the way to respond to the paper-based methods of birth, marriage, and death certifications.
Fingerprinting services for individuals has played a big role in curating a digital identity for people. Other systems such as iris and face tracking technology are also helping people create their digital identity.
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