Technology and data non-profit The Engine Room last year embarked on a project to explore the implementation of digital identity systems around the world and how they affect rights and freedoms.
In this highly anticipated first output from the project, they release an accessible typology which outlines the steps involved in creating a digital identity system for states and humanitarian actors. According to Laura Guzman's introduction to the toolkit:
The 14 page typology not only breaks down each stage but also provides useful sets of questions which make essential reading for anyone about to embark on creating a new system. The toolkit introduction explains:
"It is intended for civil society, activists and journalists aiming to build their understanding of these systems or to educate or advocate around them.
This tool will help you:
- Identify what stage a digital ID system is in
- Understand what to expect from each stage
- Develop advocacy strategies to influence developers and decision makers."