This article explores how, despite living in a digitally-transformed society, current digital identity systems are outdated and insufficient. Physical documents and IDs are still more widely used and the main alternatives are digital copies of these documents.
This article advocates for the ‘digitalization’ of identity systems - where digital technology is used to change a business model - rather than the current ‘digitization’ of documents. This is because the current systems still require physical documents, and lack interoperability. The advancement of officially recognized, user-controlled, decentralized digital IDs are instead supported.