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What Are The Advantages of Decentralized Digital Identity?

– In Groupe

A comparison between the centralized and decentralized forms of digitalized civic identity systems

This article highlights the advantages of decentralized architectures - in which the citizen keeps their ID proof within one or more media - against the disadvantages of centralized forms of digital ID systems, which have a higher risk of privacy breaches, cyberattacks, and fraud.

"[The centralized] type of architecture makes the system more sensitive to security attacks: whether these attacks are related to a technological aspect or to a human failure. Indeed, centralized systems are increasingly targeted by attacks or system shutdowns."

The author also highlights how cooperation between government agencies and service providers will allow citizens to have more secure and convenient access to the e-services built for them.

Establishing a decentralized identity architecture based on an accurate population register and a reliable identity document infrastructure allows governments to offer a wide range of additional services to their citizens

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