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The Open-Source, Identity Platform MOSIP Hits a New Milestone

– Omidyar Network

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Govind Shivkumar (Omidyar Network)
  • 24 July 2020

The modular, open-source, identity platform (MOSIP) is being used by three countries to build a secure national identity system

Morocco, Philippines, and Ethiopia have each adopted MOSIP, the platform created by the International Institute for Information Technology — Bangalore (IIIT-B) and invested in by Omidyar Network.

“With the building blocks of MOSIP, countries can design their national ID systems to be context-specific and based on local laws and decisions.”

It’s hoped that digital identity systems that don’t rely on an external provider will mean governments retain control of their data and won’t have to worry about extra unexpected costs, now that the need for a secure digital identity that can allow people to access vital services has been made evident by the COVID pandemic.

‘An interoperable identity and payment system is the first step toward building a robust digital economy,’ Madhukar added. ‘But only if they are used and governed wisely, and not leveraged to exclude people, suppress their voices, or otherwise violate their fundamental rights’

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