ID2020 aims to improve lives by establishing a digital identity system. Here’s our review.
What Is ID2020?
ID2020 aims to solve a crucial problem in today’s world: 1.1 billion people live without an officially recognized form of identification. This lack of recognized identification deprives them of protection, access to services, and basic rights.
ID2020 wants to solve that problem using modern technology like blockchain.
The ID2020 Alliance is a global partnership that aims to address the lack of recognized identity for over 1 billion people worldwide. The alliance consists of governments, NGOs, and the private sector. These groups work together to promote the development of identity technology.
By 2030, the ID2020 Alliance aims to have facilitated the creation of a global identity platform in mass use worldwide. The company is researching development of that platform between 2017 and 2020.
How Does ID2020 Global Digital Identity Work?
The ID2020 Alliance was founded with three main goals:
- To accelerate access to digital identity for those who live without identity by financing projects to implement secure, interoperable, digital identity solutions
- To set standards for a trustworthy and decentralized identity framework, facilitating interoperability and creating a healthy market
- To enable collaboration between multiple stakeholders on digital identity by establishing a neutral governance structure, promoting participation by a diverse ecosystem of participants, and hosting meetings, events, and collaborative discussions
Overall, the lack of digital identity has severe effects on the world’s marginalized populations. Many people who lack a digital identity are already among the world’s poorest. As the world becomes more and more advanced, these people are increasingly left behind.
The ID2020 whitepaper features a quote from World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who said, “This could be the greatest poverty killer app we’ve ever seen.”
Who’s Behind ID2020?
ID2020 is a US-registered 501(c)(3) based in New York City. The ID2020 Alliance is governed by the ID2020 Alliance Executive Board, which consists of 11 total members, including five independent Directors, two Directors nominated as representatives of the public sector, two more nominated to represent the private sector, one Director nominated as a privacy expert, and one representing funding organizations.
The organization’s objectives will be implemented by working groups. Any ID2020 Alliance body can initiate a working group, with membership in that gup self-selected and self-managed.
ID2020 has four main goals in mind, including all of the following:
1) To accelerate access to digital identity for those living without it
2) To set standards for a trustworthy decentralized identity framework, facilitating interoperability and creating an efficient market
3) To increase the efficiency and sustainability of global financing for identity
4) To enable more efficient and effective delivery of development aid and humanitarian aid
Specifically, by 2030, the ID2020 Alliance aims to have facilitated the construction of a safe, verifiable, persistent digital identity system. Between 2017 and 2020, the ID2020 Alliance will focus on two main areas, including developing and testing the best technological solutions for digital identity, and working with governments and agencies to implement these solutions.
What Technology Will ID2020 Use?
ID2020 hasn’t defined any individual platform it plans to use. The organization will explore the use of all available technologies.
The first goal is to develop the standards and specifications for the “back-end” identity exchange layer needed for a globally useful digital identity system. This back-end layer will facilitate interoperability between existing and future systems.
It’s possible that this back-end layer will consist of blockchain technology. The creation of a secure, immutable, decentralized dataset would be ideal for a project like this.
The system will also have an application programming interface (API) that allows all participants to develop apps or services on the platform. Individuals, governments, corporations, and other groups can build additional services on ID2020’s core platform.
Digital identity is playing an increasingly important role in the modern world. Unfortunately, over 1 billion people in the world lack any type of modern identity. This is leaving marginalized populations further behind.
ID2020 aims to solve that problem using all available technologies – including possibly blockchain. The ID2020 Alliance is a New York-based organization with members consisting of NGOs, governments, corporations, and individuals.
By 2030, ID2020 aims to have facilitated the creation of a digital identity system widely in use worldwide. The ID2020 Alliance will research the development of that platform between 2017 and 2020.