Summary and Key Insights “Human-Centric Digital Identity: for Government Officials”
Objective & Publisher
What does the global digital identity landscape look like? More specifically, what is, or should be, the role of this landscape in international human rights? This whitepaper, published by OpenID foundation and co-branded by twelve non-profit organizations, aims to provide a comprehensive look into all of it, set against a backdrop of the recent OECD Digital Identity Recommendations.
Research process & forming of the whitepaper
An important piece of work on a topic that grows more relevant by the day as our global society digitizes like never before. One whitepaper that brings together months of public listening sessions, workshops, interviews with experts, and public review, involving contributions from a wide variety of diverse stakeholders including technologists, government officials, human rights advocates and more.
Focus & content breakdown
The overarching theme and focus of is exploration and guidance on global digital identity implementation and governance, with special attention given to challenges faced by vulnerable populations, such as stateless individuals and migrant families.
Reading the whitepaper, you’ll find it’s built up through three distinct parts that:
- Part 1: Discusses the opportunities and risks of Digital Identity technologies, influenced by varying motivations across countries – from economics to national security.
- Part 2: Analyzes Digital Identity paradigms in different markets and addresses common trade-offs. References another whitepaper on the challenges of creating a privacy-preserving Digital Identity landscape globally.
- Part 3: Gives guidance to government officials based on principles from existing literature, including OECD Recommendations on Digital Identity governance.
Key findings and insights
This publication recognizes, foremost, the diverse needs and approaches of different nations in the realm of digital identities. Secondly, it highlights best design practices and strategic approaches that uphold human rights, and, lastly, emphasizes the potential of a global digital identity infrastructure to empower individuals across borders while acknowledging national sovereignty.
Final note: the beginning of crucial discussions on Digital Identity
Going forward, this whitepaper signals the beginning and continuation of crucial discussions on digital identity, both domestically and globally, focused on achieving global interoperability across national systems.