Yoti outlines humanitarian and digital identity research plans in 2020 Social Purpose Strategy
Yoti’s 2020 Social Purpose Strategy has been published by the company. “Social purpose is at the heart of everything” Yoti does, according to the document.
The strategy document notes the lack of proof of identity among more than a million people around the world, including half of women in low-income countries, and that 40 percent of children in the developing world have no birth certificate. It sets out the company’s intention to learn what “digital identity” means to local grassroots organizations around the world, what motivates their use and what problems digital identity can solve, and how barriers to adoption at the local level can be overcome.
Yoti was one of the first B Corps registered in the UK, according to the document, and the company relies on its seven guiding principles and its independent Guardian Council to steer its activity ethically.
Key activity areas identified by Yoti include its Fellowship Programme, support for innovation hubs, an offline identity solution for humanitarian work, research, innovation challenges, and a toolkit to help people understand digital identity. The document also provides some detail on each of those activity areas. Yoti’s Fellowship Programme is supporting three researchers, who have begun asking tough questions about digital identity programs.
Recognition of Yoti as a finalist in, and high commendation by the Drum Social Purpose Awards in 2019 is also noted.
Yoti pledges to always act in the interest of its users, encourage personal data ownership, enable privacy and anonymity, keep sensitive data secure, and communities safe, be transparent and accountable, and make its technology available to everyone.