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Reimagining Digital ID Systems Rooted in Justice

– The Engine Room

  • Viewpoint
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 5 February 2021

The Engine Room is seeking input on a new project exploring how marginalized communities are impacted by digital identity systems

Digital ID schemes are increasingly being rolled out in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and their implementation can often exclude or harm vulnerable people. People at risk of having their rights infringed upon must be included in the design process, and The Engine Room is looking for input into how this can be realized.

“Some of the key questions that will be guiding us through this process are:

How have civil society actors engaged meaningfully with digital ID systems across different contexts (e.g. advocacy campaigns, protests, strategic litigation, etc)?

What could a digital ID system grounded in justice and human rights look like?

How can funders support meaningful advocacy around digital ID?”

The project will build on the organization's previous research into ID systems, and hopes to result in a blueprint for activists on how to best help build a just and rights-oriented approach to identity systems.

If digital ID systems are here to stay, they should then be people-centric, developed and shaped with and by these actors

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