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Digital ID: A Tool for Inclusion, or Just Confusion?


How digital identity can impact the political participation of marginalized groups

For this new report, NDI spoke to government officials, digital rights experts, and members of marginalized groups to uncover how digital identity is impacting their participation in democratic activities such as voting.

“As governments digitize ID systems and electoral procedures and seek to connect and streamline them, it is crucial to ensure that the digitization of any public service or system upholds democratic principles of inclusion, privacy and security, and transparency.”

Here NDI outlines several recommendations for governments implementing ID schemes to ensure marginalized groups are not excluded from the political sphere. These include involving these groups in the design process, ensuring training on the system is accessible to everyone, and building robust data privacy frameworks.

Without these considerations, the linkage of digital ID systems with voter registration can severely chill the political participation of marginalized communities

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