Digital identity in developing nations

With UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 calling for legal identity for all by 2030 Biometric Update is taking a special in-depth focus on digital ID projects in developing countries including daily coverage of biometrics-based national digital identity projects.

By Frank Hersey

This week’s events show a wide variance in the success of biometrics projects, and the diverse nature of digital ID…

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By Luana Pascu

Do we need more standards in biometrics? Is IBM making the right move by withdrawing its facial recognition technology from…

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By Frank Hersey

The breadth of applications of biometrics is evident in this week’s roundup of news in Africa, from counter terrorism activities…

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By Chris Burt

Though efforts to deliver identity to all people in Africa through biometrics and other digital technologies have been stopped in…

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By Alex Andrade-Walz

This is a guest post by Alex Andrade-Walz, Director of Marketing at Evernym, a leader in verifiable credential technology. There…

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By Frank Hersey

A Nigerian identity verification company is building a way to confirm details of an increasing number of Nigerians’ lives, way…

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By Tshepo Magoma

This is a guest post by Tshepo Magoma, a Yoti Digital Identity Fellow. With the fast spread of COVID-19, South Africa…

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By Luana Pascu

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has established a committee led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha,…

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By Chris Burt

Several major developments in the push for universal identification have come out of the global pandemic, raising hopes that biometrics…

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By Chris Burt

Digital identity capabilities from Trust Stamp are now being integrated with Mastercard’s Wellness Pass solution, which it will launch in cooperation…

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By Chris Burt

Should national identity schemes, biometrics-backed or otherwise, use a single unique digital ID number to identify people for different services,…

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By Chris Burt

Humanitarian system donors and implementers must be careful with the biometric systems they use to the extent of considering their…

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Spotlight:

Digital ID projects and initiatives

A curated list of biometric digital identity initiatives to improve development outcomes, a glossary of common terms and a history of digital identification in the developing world.

By Chris Burt

Biometric Update offers a comprehensive directory of digital identification initiatives in developing nations to assist information-gathering by government employees, companies…

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By Joby Mathew

This is a guest post by Joby Mathew, HID Global Director: Citizen Identity Solutions EMEA The adoption of HID Global’s…

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By Chris Burt

BiometricUpdate.com has developed a fully cross-referenced glossary of ID4D terms concerning digital identification systems used to improve development outcomes. Below…

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By Chris Burt

The idea of providing identification to support economic and social development evolved out of sustainable development communities, and has early…

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International Identity Day

The campaign calls to recognize September 16 as International Identity Day in tribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 which calls for legal identity for all by 2030. The purpose is to raise awareness about the role identity plays in empowering individuals to exercise their rights and responsibilities fairly and equitably in a modern society. Biometric Update is proud to be a coalition partner.

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