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Call Me By My Name: Identity and Digital Identity in Argentina

– Yoti

  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Paz Bernaldo (Yoti)
  • 20 August 2021

Exploring unemployed Argentinians’ experiences of digital identity

In this report, Yoti fellow Paz Bernaldo interviews vulnerable unemployed and under-employed Argentinians, in order to shed light on the effect identification has on their lives. The author outlines the precarious position these individuals live in - subjected to being asked for their identity card at any time, or denied jobs or services because of the postcode on their ID.

“Identity as an expression was often mentioned together with a phenomenon that was persistent throughout most of the interviews: exclusion.”

Steps towards digital identity, such as creating digital national IDs accessed by facial recognition, have not helped marginalized people access vital services. Additionally, many people are distrustful of the internet and often limited by poor connectivity, while at the same time being aware of the grip it has over their data and privacy, leaving them no control over their personal digital identities.

They understand identity in full: deeply personal, unique, individualized, context-based, fluctuating. Defining digital identity, in contrast, felt unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and weird. This was not surprising considering the internet is an often unwelcoming space, an unknown territory where abuses and vulnerabilities get repeated or amplified

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