#GOODID Awards

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The #GoodID Awards recognize dedicated, progressive and impactful work to improve digital identity for all.

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Nominees are divided into 3 categories, depending on how they reflect #GoodID.

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Our expert committee selected the longlist of nominations for public vote, alongside our independent Editorial Board.

David Carroll

Associate Professor of Media Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School

David Carroll is an associate professor of media design at Parsons School of Design at The New School.

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He is known as an advocate for data rights by legally challenging Cambridge Analytica in the UK in connection with the US presidential election of 2016, resulting in the only criminal conviction of the company by the Information Commissioner's Office.

This work is featured in the Oscar shortlisted, Emmy and BAFTA nominated Netflix original documentary The Great Hack (2019) and his writings on the effort have been published in WIRED, PAPER, Quartz, The Guardian, Motherboard, and The Boston Review.

David was awarded prizes from The Philosophical Society and the Law Society at Trinity College Dublin in 2019. He received a BA from Bowdoin College and an MFA from Parsons.

Twitter: @profcarroll

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Natalie Smolenski

Head of Business Development, Hyland Credentials

Natalie Smolenski is an anthropologist who leads business development for Hyland Credentials, a solution for verifiable digital credentials anchored in blockchain technology.

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As an author and public speaker, she focuses on the intersections of identity, technology, and government.

By bringing a scientific perspective to distributed digital technologies and social transformation, Natalie helps audiences from all backgrounds understand how individuals connect to form communities and build the infrastructures of the future.

Twitter: @NSmolenski

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Tariq Malik

Chief Technical Advisor, United Nations Development Programme

Tariq Malik is currently helping the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with digital governance interventions in member states worldwide.

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He is former chairperson of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Pakistan. Prior to joining UNDP, he held the position of a Senior Technical Consultant at the World Bank.

Tariq is part of a ten-member global technical expert team (TEG) of the World Bank’s ID4D initiative known as ‘Identification for Development.’

While his recent work has focused on digital identity, throughout his 20+ year career, Tariq has helped governments improve service delivery using innovative technologies, from a democratic governance perspective in Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Bangladesh, and USA.

He helped various institutions of the United Nations (UNHCR, ICAO, UNDP) and World Bank to accomplish goals on transparency. His name was included in the World's 100 Most Influential People in 'Digital Government' by the European think tank, Apolitical.

The State of Pakistan conferred the highest award in Technology (Sitara-i-Imtiaz) – the ‘Star of Excellence’ – to Tariq in 2013 for using technology to improve governance. Tariq holds Masters degrees in both International Management (Heidelberg, Germany) and Computer Science.

Twitter: @ReplyTariq

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Keren Weitzberg


Keren Weitzberg is an historian-ethnographer and Teaching Fellow at UCL, focused on the human rights and ethical implications of digital technologies.

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Keren is particularly attuned to the impacts of biometric and digital identity systems on people at the political margins, such as migrants and refugees.

Skilled in a variety of research methods, she has 10+ years of experience in East Africa conducting ethnographic fieldwork in cross-cultural, multilingual settings. A researcher and consultant, she has written for publications ranging from top academic presses to popular media outlets and has collaborated with photographers, filmmakers, non-profit organizations and civil society groups.

Keren’s recent research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright US Scholar program, the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Privacy International, and the Alan Turing Institute.

Twitter: @KerenWeitzberg

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Teresa Wu

Vice President of Product Management, IDEMIA

Teresa Wu is Vice President of Product Management for IDEMIA.

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Her career began with Morpho in 2001, and she served as Global Software Solutions Marketing Director for a Fortune 500 company until 2015. She then rejoined one of the U.S. subsidiaries of IDEMIA in 2015 as Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Government Relations.

In the past 19 years, Teresa has actively participated in and led various industry advocacy groups devoted to Automated Fingerprint Identification System technology, facial recognition, public security, and identity and biometric standards. In her current role, she is responsible for the product management function of the IDEMIA Identity and Security Business in North America. In 2016, Teresa was one of five recipients of the Women in Biometrics award; the Security Industry Association also named her as one of the two recipients of the 2017 Statesman Award.

She is the current chair of the board of directors for the Identification Technology Association (IdTA) and a member of the leadership team of the Women in Identity organization. In 2020, with a group of IDEMIA executives, Teresa co-founded Women in IDEMIA Network (WIN) for the North America region.

Twitter: @MetaBiometrics

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For nominees who champion the #GoodID principle of privacy.

Privacy-conscious digital identity prioritizes data protection, transparent data policies, and a user-centric approach.

Linda Bonyo

CEO and Founder, The Lawyers Hub

CEO and Founder of The Lawyers Hub, Linda promotes #GoodID initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa through comprehensive policy engagement, advocacy, and strategic litigation.

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Her tremendous success in this has earned her support from partners like Omidyar Network and Mozilla Foundation. In 2020, she convened the inaugural Africa Law Tech Festival in Kenya, bringing together digital rights activists from 20+ countries to discuss digital identity in Africa spurring development of digital ID policies.

Twitter: @BonyoLinda

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Brussels Privacy Hub

The Brussels Privacy Hub is an academic privacy research center with a global focus.

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As an entity of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels or VUB), it uses its location in Brussels, the capital of Europe, to engage EU policymakers, data protection regulators, the private sector, and NGOs, to produce innovative, cutting-edge research on important questions of data protection and privacy law and policy.

Twitter: @privacyhub_bru

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Center for Identity

The University of Texas at Austin established the Center for Identity (UT CID) to serve as a center of excellence delivering leadership and interdisciplinary research and educational programs in identity, security and privacy.

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The Center meets a wide range of needs for research, best practices, applications, and education while offering leadership, vision, and solutions for now and well into the future.


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Pam Dixon

Founder & Executive Director, World Privacy Forum

Pam Dixon is the founder and executive director of the World Privacy Forum.

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An author and researcher, Pam has written respected and influential studies in the area of privacy, identity, biometrics, AI, health privacy, and other topics. She is an advisor and member of the Biometrics Institute’s Privacy Expert Group.

Recently, Pam’s work in privacy and digital identity was highlighted when World Privacy Forum was named as a top ten digital identity influencing organization globally.

Twitter: @PamDixon

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Ravi Naik

Co-Founder, AWO

Co-founder of AWO, Ravi Naik is the Law Society’s 2018 – 2019 Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, and a multi-award winning solicitor.

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In January 2020, Ravi co-founded the data rights agency, AWO: a pioneering practice at the forefront of data rights and technology. Ravi has written extensively in the area, with work published by Harvard and Oxford University. Ravi is currently a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Internet Institute, among many other appointments.

Twitter: @RaviNa1k

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David Ostrowe

Oklahoma Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration

Governor Kevin Stitt appointed David Ostrowe as Oklahoma Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration in January 2019.

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In this position, David places a strategic emphasis on digital transformation in the delivery of services across all state agencies. He also provides oversight of state financial institutions, similarly executed by the cabinet title “Secretary of Finance” seen in previous administrations.

In addition to his cabinet role, David serves as the President and CEO of O&M Restaurant Group, and is a past professor of business at the University of Oklahoma’s Price Business School.

LinkedIn: David Ostrowe

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Privacy International

Privacy International is a charity that campaigns against companies and governments who exploit our data and technologies.

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They expose harm and abuses, mobilize allies globally, campaign with the public for solutions, and pressure companies and governments to change.

Twitter: @privacyint

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Drummond Reed

Chief Trust Officer, Evernym

Chief Trust Officer at Evernym, Drummond has spent over two decades in internet identity, security, privacy, and trust frameworks.

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He joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after the company acquired Respect Network, where he was co-founder and CEO.

At the Trust over IP Foundation, Drummond is a member of the Steering Committee and co-chair of the Governance Stack Working Group. And at the Sovrin Foundation, he serves as chair of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group.

Twitter: @drummondreed

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Manu Sporny

Founder and CEO, Digital Bazaar

Manu Sporny is a co-founder and CEO of Digital Bazaar, and a six-time entrepreneur.

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He is also co-founder of initiatives at the World Wide Web Consortium and Internet Engineering Task Force related to Linked Data, Digital Signatures, Web Payments, Verifiable Credentials, and Decentralized Identifiers.

Twitter: @manusporny

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Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

Senior Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum

Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna is Senior Counsel for the Future of Privacy Forum.

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She leads work on global privacy developments and European data protection law and policy, including de-identification, AI, mobility, adtech and education.

Gabriela previously worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels, being part of the team that advised the EU legislator on the GDPR during its legislative process.

Gabriela writes data protection law analysis and case-law commentary on her blog, pdpEcho.com

Twitter: @gabrielazanfir

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For nominees who champion the #GoodID principle of security.

Secure digital identity safeguards users, defends against malicious actors, and offers services that the public can trust.

The Better Identity Coalition

The Better Identity Coalition brings together leading companies from the financial services, fintech, health, technology, and insurance sectors to work with policymakers to improve digital security, privacy, and convenience for everyone.

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Their “Policy Blueprint for Better Identity” has received global acclaim for its ideas on innovative ways to empower people to take control of their identities and conduct their online business safely and securely.

The coalition is an initiative of the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law, a non-profit dedicated to working with policymakers to advance cybersecurity initiatives.

Twitter: @MakeIDbetter

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Tim Bouma

Senior Advisor on Digital Identity, Government of Canada

Tim Bouma is a Senior Advisor on Digital Identity in the Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO) within the Government of Canada.

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Tim is the principal analyst of digital identity policy instruments and trust frameworks including the Directive on Identity Management and the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework (PCTF).

On the topic of identity, Tim hosts a podcast show called Definitely Identity and blogs extensively on Medium. On other topics, Tim is a published author of a Canadian historical fictional work "Tom Thomson: Journal of My Last Spring."

Twitter: @trbouma

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Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank whose peer-reviewed research and trusted analysis influence policymakers to innovate.

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Their global network of multidisciplinary researchers and strategic partnerships provide policy solutions for the digital era with one goal: to improve people’s lives everywhere. Headquartered in Waterloo, Canada, CIGI has received support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and founder Jim Balsillie.

Twitter: @CIGIonline

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Daniël Du Seuil

Convenor, European Self Sovereign Identity Framework

Daniël Du Seuil is the convenor of the European Self Sovereign Identity Framework within the European Blockchain Partnership.

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This partnership of 30 EU member states and related countries cooperate in the establishment of a European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) that will support the delivery of cross-border digital public services, with the highest standards of security and privacy.

He is also a member of the EU blockchain observatory and co-initiator of the Belgian blockchain taskforce at Beltug.

LinkedIn: Daniël Du Seuil

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ELSAM (Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy)

Since its establishment in 1993, ELSAM has carried out various studies and research, as well as policy advocacy to ensure the integration of human rights in policies, including policy related information and communication technology.

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ELSAM has been involved in and worked across various programs to conduct transformation of human rights knowledge, especially related to human rights impacts, digital technology uses, and corporations’ operations.

Twitter: @elsamnews

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Cheryl Stevens

Director for Shared Channels Experience, Department of Work and Pensions

As a career civil servant, currently at the Department for Work & Pensions, Cheryl has held a variety of leadership posts; gaining operational insight, spearheading transformational change, and developing an in depth knowledge of customers.

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Cheryl holds the vision of all citizens being able to access digital services, with those services able to operate securely with proportionate, tailored identity and trust solutions that meet both customer and service needs, whilst ensuring that the person, the data and the transaction are protected. Cheryl is passionate about lifting up other women in digital and identity.

Twitter: @CherylJStevens

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Edgar Whitley

Associate Professor (Reader) of Information Systems, London School of Economics

Edgar has been studying digital identity systems for over 15 years at the London School of Economics

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He is co–chair of the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group to the Government Digital Service and GOV.UK. He is also an Advisory Group member for the Ada Lovelace independent review of the governance of biometric data.

Edgar has also advised governments in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, India, Jamaica, Japan, and Mexico about the political, technological, and social challenges of effective identity policies.

LinkedIn: Edgar Whitley

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For nominees who champion the #GoodID principle of accountability.

Accountable digital identity prioritizes transparency, oversight, and engagement with public and civil society groups.

Yussuf Bashir

Executive Director and Founder, Haki na Sheria Initiative

Yussuf Bashir is the Executive Director and a founder of Haki na Sheria Initiative, a human rights organization working in northern Kenya.

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Yussuf is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with extensive experience in successfully litigating public interest cases, including the Huduma Namba case, where he served as a lead counsel for the Nubian community. He has spent his career working to end discrimination and various human rights violations in Kenya.

Twitter: @yussufugas

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Anthony Camilleri

Senior Partner, Knowledge Innovation Centre

A Senior Partner at the Knowledge Innovation Centre, Anthony is a social entrepreneur and consultant around digital education, promoting technologies and pedagogies which increase inclusivity in education and equitable opportunities for graduates.

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He works on frameworks for verifiable credentials, aiming to facilitate students' entry into the job market, improve the visibility of their accomplishments, and prevent them from being scammed by disreputable providers.

He has taken this work forward as part of Europass, the European Blockchain Partnership, the W3C VC group, and in the upcoming Indonesian e-learning platform.

Twitter: @anthonyfc

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European Digital Rights (EDRi)

EDRi (European Digital Rights) is a dynamic collective of NGOs, experts, advocates, and academics working to defend and advance digital rights across Europe.

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Their mission is to challenge private and state actors who abuse their power to control or manipulate the public.

They advocate for robust and enforced laws, inform and mobilize people, promote a healthy and accountable technology market, and build a movement committed to digital rights in a connected world.

Twitter: @edri

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Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) is a Philippine-based NGO that assists citizens and communities, especially civil society organizations and other disadvantaged sectors, in the strategic and appropriate use of information and communications technologies for democratization and popular empowerment.

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FMA advocates for ICTs for democracy and sustainable development and works on issues of gender and ICT, privacy and data protection, and internet rights, including freedom of expression online.

Twitter: @FMA_PH

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Hiperderecho promotes and defends fundamental human rights in the digital space in Peru.

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Their vision is that technology should be a tool of freedom and their work focuses on advancing this vision through four areas: activism, research, advocacy, and technology development. Through these areas they disseminate information, build capacities, and develop tools that allow people to know, protect, and exercise their rights online.

Twitter: @hiperderecho

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The ID2020 Alliance was launched in 2016 to foster collaboration between the private sector, government, and non-profit organizations toward a common vision: good ID for all.

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Digital ID can be a powerful tool, enabling people to exercize their rights; access critical social services, such as education and health care; and participate in the modern economy. As they work to achieve their vision, ID2020 is committed to ensuring that the needs of all segments of society are met, especially the most vulnerable.

Twitter: @ID2020

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Dorothy Mukasa

Chief Executive Officer, Unwanted Witness Uganda

Dorothy Mukasa is a digital rights activist with Unwanted Witness Uganda, a civil society organization seeking a free, open, and secure internet for activists, netizens, bloggers, journalists, and writers as a platform for the realization of human rights, and good governance.

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She has been instrumental in creating partnerships and connecting rural community journalists in Uganda. Dorothy is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Unwanted Witness Uganda.

Twitter: @dcmukasa

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Grace Mutung’u

Research Fellow, the Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University

A Research Fellow at CIPIT, Grace Mutung’u researches on ICT policy in Kenya and is concerned that African countries are not doing digital ID inclusively or sustainably.

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She is a digital rights advocate and participated in Kenya’s digital ID case as a petitioner's witness. Grace is currently studying how digital ID intersects with social justice and alternative conceptions to government services delivery in Kenya.

Twitter: @Bomu

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Elizabeth Renieris


Elizabeth is the founder of HACKYLAWYER, a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

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Elizabeth is a recognized expert on cross-border law and policy issues related to privacy and data protection, digital identity, blockchain, and AI, and has advised multinational organizations, governments, and startups alike on these issues.

Twitter: @hackylawyER

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Johnny Ryan

Senior Fellow, Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Open Markets Institute

Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS is a Senior Fellow at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and a Senior Fellow of the Open Markets Institute. He is focused on surveillance, data rights, competition/anti-trust, and privacy.

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He is former Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer at Brave, the private web browser, where he led Brave’s campaign for GDPR enforcement, and liaised with government and industry colleagues globally.

Twitter: @johnnyryan

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Secure Identity Alliance

Secure Identity Alliance is dedicated to supporting the provision of legal, trusted identity for all, and the development of inclusive digital services necessary for sustainable, worldwide economic growth and prosperity.

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They believe legal, trusted identity is the cornerstone of rights protection, social inclusion, and digital economic development - and the access point to a wide range of essential public and private services.

They bring together public, private, and non-government organizations to foster international collaboration on the issues of legal and digital identity, to help shape policy and to provide technical and implementation guidance for identity systems.

Twitter: @SecureIdentity1

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About the Awards

When we talk about #GoodID, we're talking about digital identity that includes, benefits, and protects everyone.

The #GoodID Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the community's impressive work to make digital identity better for everyone.

Voted for by you, all of our nominees help to enhance awareness of, report on, or work towards digital identity programs that reflect #GoodID.

Your vote helps us to celebrate the dedication and passion of the digital identity community.