• Joined Sep 2022
  • Digital ID WG is an initiative to examine the design, deployment and growth of digital identifiers in the domain of large citizen centric projects.

The Digital ID and Identifiers Working Group is an initiative to examine the design, deployment and growth of digital identifiers in the domain of large citizen centric projects.1 It attempts to observe the various ecosystems, economic models and socio-economic dynamics which are generated as public-private collaboration creates massively expanded systems of digital identity. The approach adopted for this examination is a rights based one - putting the human first and determining whether the services empower the citizens with rights.

The unique nature of digital identifiers (including digital ID) based systems built through a diverse set of partnerships require a wide range of participants to explore this topic. In order to accumulate the knowledge from a fair, balanced and comprehensive manner this project will be seeking engagements from grant making organisations; venture capital firms; private enterprises; not for profit initiatives; non governmental organisations; governments and other stakeholders to cover the range of topics highlighted in the below topic map:

# Digital Identifiers and Rights

## Community and Outreach

- Experts
- Grant organizations
- IT ministries
- Journalism schools
- Journalists and reporters
- Partnerships
- Patrons
- Sponsors
- Policymakers
- Rights activists
- Startups
- Thinktanks
- Venture capital
- Volunteers

## Domains

- Border controls
- Citizenship
- Digital data trusts
- FinTech
- Government
- Health services delivery
- Hospitality
- Law enforcement
- Online retail and commerce
- Smart automation
- Social media
- Travel and tourism

## Location

- International
- Local or domestic
- Transit

## Output and Outcomes

- Best practices guide for product/service development
- Conference
- Conversations (eg. Twitter Spaces)
- Masterclass webinars
- Proceedings (talk playlist)
- Reports
- Review of Policies

## Themes

### Digital Identity

- Anonymity
- Architecture of digital trust
- Control and ownership
- Identity and identifier models
- Inclusion and exclusion
- Portability
- Principles
- Regulations
- Reputation
- Rights and agency
- Trust framework
- Verifiability
- Vulnerable communities

### Digital Rights

- Current state across region
- Harms
- Emerging regulatory requirements
- Web 3.0 and decentralization
- Naturalization

## Streams

- Banking and finance
- Data exchange and interoperability
- Data governance models
- Data markets
- Digital identifiers and identity systems
- Digital public goods
- Digital public services
- Humanitarian activity and aid
- Identity ecosystems
- Innovation incubation incentives
- Public investment
- Private capital
- Local regulations and laws
- National policies
- Public health services
- Records (birth, death, land etc)

The following outcomes are expected from the project:

  • Sessions with Practitioners - conducted by industry participants and individuals who are leading projects around digital identifiers or providing expert guidance to agencies and governments. These sessions are designed to create a baseline understanding of the digital transformation and how things are “now”
  • Review of Policies - built through community contributions the body of work around policy review is designed to offer constructive critique and recommendations around policies focused on data governance, services deployment and data privacy for citizen centric initiatives including digital identifiers
  • Interim report - emerging from the inputs of practitioners, domain experts and the community the interim report serves to blend a review of the discussions as well as present a set of best practices around the themes covered in the project
  • Conference - bringing together all stakeholders and additional invited experts to look ahead on a range of selected themes and topics in order to create better decision making by policy makers.

  1. https://id4d.worldbank.org/research ↩︎