#GOODID Awards 2021

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

Voting is now closed. Your choice of #GoodID Community Champions will be revealed in a virtual awards ceremony live on Twitter, on October 21.

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Nominees are divided into 4 categories, depending on how they reflect #GoodID.

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Our expert committee selected the longlist of nominations for public vote.

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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Mariana Dahan

Founder and CEO, World Identity Network

Dr. Mariana Dahan is the Founder and CEO of the World Identity Network (WIN) Foundation, an international nonprofit advocating for universal identity.

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A human rights activist and a writer on the use of technology for human advancement, Dr. Dahan made her directorial debut with the “Shadows in the Dark: Our Global Identity Crisis” documentary series, documenting the plight of refugees and undocumented migrants, and advocating for self-sovereign identity.

Prior to launching WIN Foundation, Dr. Dahan created and led the Identification for Development (ID4D) agenda at the World Bank. Subsequently, Dr. Dahan joined the World Bank’s Senior Vice-Presidency in charge of the 2030 Development Agenda and Partnerships with the United Nations. She currently serves as an Expert Member at the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA), was a Founding Member at the Global Blockchain Business Council, a Board Advisor to ID2020, a Senior Fellow at New America Foundation, and is Faculty at the Singularity University.

Twitter: @marianadahan

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Vyjayanti Desai

Practice Manager, Identification for Development (ID4D)

Vyjayanti Desai has been leading the World Bank’s Identification for Development (ID4D) since late 2015. She has also recently been leading the new Digitizing Government to Person Payments (G2Px) initiative.

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These initiatives support progress towards trusted and inclusive identification systems and digitization of G2P programs with broader goals of financial and social inclusion, women’s empowerment, and greater individual agency. They support clients with advice and financing in over 45 countries, advance thought leadership on the topics of digital identity and G2P, and accelerate global public goods together with other partners.

Vyjayanti joined the World Bank Group in 2000 and has worked on a range of private and financial sector development programs across both the World Bank and IFC advisory and across several regions - Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Vyjayanti worked at Deloitte Emerging Markets, where she provided consulting services to clients on private and financial sector development.

Twitter: @vyjayantidesai

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Wahyudi Djafar

Executive Director, Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM)

Wahyudi Djafar is the Executive Director of Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) Indonesia.

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ELSAM is a human rights organization focusing on study and policy advocacy related to the impact of digital technology on human rights. In the last ten years, Wahyudi has been active in conducting various studies and policy advocacy related to personal data protection, internet governance, digital rights, internet content policy development, cybersecurity, digital identity, and policy responses to digital technology innovations. He is also a human rights lawyer who mostly handles the judicial review at the Constitutional Court, particularly relevant to the issues of civil liberties and security sector reform. He is also listed as one of the Governing Board of the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR), the Supervisory Board of the Centra Initiatives: Center for democracy and security, and a member of the Indonesia Cyber Security Forum (ICSF).

Twitter: @wahyudidjafar

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Former President of Estonia

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is the former President of Estonia (2006-2016).

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Before assuming the office of the presidency, Ilves served as vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (2004-2006), foreign minister of Estonia (1996-2002), where he led Estonia’s EU and NATO accession process. From 1993-96 he served as Estonia’s first post-independence ambassador to Washington. From 1988 to 1993 Ilves was director of the Estonian Service at RFE-RL and prior to that a research analyst in the Research Department of RFE-RL. He is best-known internationally for his work 1995-2016 pushing Estonia to digitize its government. He is currently writing a book on democracy in the digital era.

Twitter: @IlvesToomas

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Gus Hosein

Executive Director, Privacy International

Gus Hosein has worked at the intersection of technology and human rights for over twenty years. He has developed national, regional, and global campaigns on communications privacy.

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Gus worked on national security and anti-terrorism policy, and led global advocacy against border registration, biometric collection, tracking of migration, travel profiling, and mass surveillance of financial data flows. He led research and co-authored a book on identity systems and policy, Global Challenges for Identity Policy. He founded regional and global networks of civil society organizations to work on technology and rights.

He has acted as an external evaluator for UNHCR, advised the UN Special Rapporteur on Terrorism and Human Rights, and has advised a number of other international organizations. In March 2020, he was invited to join the UK Government's Ethics Advisory Board for the NHSX Covid-19 contact tracing app.

Twitter: @GusHosein

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Charles Mok

Founder and Director, Tech for Good Asia

Charles Mok is the Founder and Director of Tech for Good Asia, a regional initiative to empower communities with technologies.

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Before that, Charles was a Member of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, representing the Information Technology sector from 2012 to 2020. He was also the Honorary President of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation and the Founding Chair of the Internet Society Hong Kong. Professionally, Charles has been in the IT industry for over 30 years, and co-founded HKNet in 1994, one of the earliest ISPs in Hong Kong, which was acquired by NTT Communications of Japan in 2000.

Twitter: @charlesmok

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Erdoo Yongo

Digital Identity Specialist

Erdoo joined GSMA in 2017 where she was a Policy and Advocacy Manager across the Digital Identity (DI) and Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation (M4H) teams.

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As part of the policy team, she worked to create an enabling policy environment for mobile operators to ensure that they can be used to support identification of underserved populations and as a platform to deliver humanitarian assistance. Erdoo has worked with mobile operators, development partners and humanitarian organizations to uncover and resolve policy and regulatory barriers they face in providing mobile services to users. She also led GSMA’s research on mandatory SIM registration, exploring its relation to other key indicators in order to establish key trends that inform the work of the DI and M4H policy streams and teams. Erdoo was involved in developing and delivering the ‘Digital identity for the underserved and the role of mobile’ Capacity Building course to regulators and policymakers and represents GSMA at a broad range of events.

Twitter: @YErdoo

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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.

Association for Progressive Communications

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network of civil society organizations founded in 1990.

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APC is dedicated to empowering and supporting people working for peace, human rights, development, and protection of the environment, through the strategic use of information and communications technologies. Their mission is to create a just and sustainable world by harnessing the collective power of activists, organizations, excluded groups, communities, and social movements, to challenge existing power structures and ensure that the internet is developed and governed as a global public good.

Twitter: @APC_News

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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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Phelix Lore

Executive Director, Haki Centre

Phelix Lore is the Executive Director of Haki Centre; he is a devoted human rights defender and change advocate, championing the rights of minorities and marginalized communities in the coastal region of Kenya.

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He has a wealth of experience in citizenship matters and is currently empowering communities at risk of statelessness to defend their right to nationality. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Technical University of Mombasa and a postgraduate certificate on non-profit management from Seneca College, Canada.

Twitter: @LorePhelix

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Bronwen Manby

Independent Consultant and Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE

Bronwen Manby is an independent consultant and senior visiting fellow at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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She has written widely on statelessness and the right to a nationality, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, and recently has focused on the ‘legal identity’ target within the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Manby maintains the website for Citizenship Rights in Africa, in collaboration with the Kampala-based International Refugee Rights Initiative.

Twitter: @BronwenManby

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Grace Mutung’u

Researcher, The Centre For Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law

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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Unwanted Witness

Established in 2012, Unwanted Witness is a civil society organization established to respond to the gap in effective communication using various online expression platforms.

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It works at the intersection of technology, human rights, and the law. UW advocates for a secure, responsible and inclusive use of technology that contributes to the realization of human rights and good governance. UW also advocates for transparency and accountability of Uganda’s digital identification system through research, policy advocacy, strategic collaborations, and network building.

Twitter: @UnwantedWitness

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Christiaan van Veen

Director, Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project, NYU Law

Christiaan van Veen is Director and founder of the pioneering Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Law.

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Christiaan’s research and advocacy investigates and highlights the human rights impact of the digital transformation of the state, especially how this transformation affects poor and marginalized groups and fuels inequality and discrimination.

Twitter: @cpjvanveen

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Keren Weitzberg

Independent Consultant and Lecturer, UCL

Keren Weitzberg is a tech and migration researcher with 10+ years of experience in East Africa conducting fieldwork in cross-cultural, multilingual settings.

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Keren works at the intersection of science and technology studies, migration studies, and critical race studies, examining problematics related to mobility, digital identity, biometrics, and fintech. She has been published in a variety of forums, ranging from top academic presses to popular blogs, and has worked closely with a range of civil society organizations, non-profits, and artists.

Twitter: @KerenWeitzberg

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For nominees who champion the #GoodID principle of inclusion.

Inclusive digital identity champions fairness, diversity, and accessible products and services.

Alan Gelb

Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Alan Gelb is senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. He previously was Chief Economist for Africa and Director of Development Policy at the World Bank.

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Over the last decade his work has focused on development applications of digital ID systems, mobiles, and payments, to increase the effectiveness and inclusivity of service delivery. As well as numerous studies, this produced the first version of the Principles on Identification. He has been an adviser to ID4Africa since its inception.

Twitter: @AlanHGelb

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ID4Africa is a multi-stakeholder Movement that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of identification systems in the service of development (ID4D) in Africa.

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It was founded in 2014 and has held a series of increasingly impactful annual meetings in Tanzania, Rwanda, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa; which were later complemented by an ongoing series of LiveCasts featuring expert discussions on Africa’s identity priorities. ID4Africa unites a broad sectorial representation of government identity stakeholders, development agencies, industry actors, NGOs, and civil society, around identity and its impact in digital transformation of societies.

Twitter: @ID4Africa

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Cina Lawson

Minister of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation, Government of Togo

Cina Lawson is Minister of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation of Togo.

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Drawing from over 15 years of experience and expertise in telecommunications policy and regulation, she is leading Togo through a profound transition to an inclusive digital economy. Lawson’s transformative initiatives such as boosting private investments in the telecoms sector, strengthening national cybersecurity, implementing universal digital ID, digitizing government-to-people payments and services, and accelerating rollout of high-speed internet nationwide to modernize the Togolese economy.

Twitter: @cinalawson

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Mustafa Mahmoud Yousif

Senior Program Manager, Citizenship, Namati

Mustafa Mahmoud Yousif is a Senior Program Manager at Namati supporting partners in Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Kenya.

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He has over 8 years experience in community empowerment. He was one of the pioneers of a novel paralegal program through which community-based paralegals are trained and recruited to legally empower minority communities in Kenya. He is passionate about ending statelessness and systemic discrimination on nationality rights. He is also a board member of the global Covid-19 Emergency Statelessness Fund (CESF).

Twitter: @MustafaM_KE

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EngageMedia is a nonprofit that promotes digital rights, open and secure technology, and social issue documentaries.

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Combining video, technology, knowledge, and networks, they support Asia-Pacific and global changemakers advocating for human rights, democracy, and the environment. In collaboration with diverse networks and communities, they defend and advance digital rights. EngageMedia envisions a world where human rights, democracy, and the environment are respected by technology companies and Asia-Pacific governments, and where civil society meaningfully participates in meeting social and environmental challenges.

Twitter: @EngageMedia

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Kea Medicals

Kea is a health-tech company which aims to create a world where everyone can have the chance to live a better life.

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Kea's missions include enabling health for all, celebrating life, saving lives, and ensuring total wellbeing. They work to ensure quality accessible health care by reducing the barriers of access to healthcare for populations. They aim to save lives through supporting defenders of life in their struggle for a better world. Kea assists people on a daily basis to take better care of their health and by activating the promotion of complete well-being: physical, mental and emotional.

Twitter: @keamedicals

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PurpleCode Collective

PurpleCode Collective is an informally organized intersectional, and cross-border feminist collective founded in 2015 that focuses on the intersection of human rights, gender and technology.

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Their main goals are to open up an equal, inclusive, safe, and brave space to incubate collective ideas in finding strategies to encourage social change using technology and within the technology ecosystem. They also aim to increase the visibility and leadership of women/girls and gender non-conforming persons in social movement both online and on-the-ground, which further requires us to fight for safer and more equal spaces in both physical and digital platforms.

Twitter: @purplerebel

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Smart Africa

Smart Africa is an alliance of 32 African countries, international organizations, and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda, representing over 815 million people.

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The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and use of ICTs. With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market.

Twitter: @RealSmartAfrica

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For nominees who champion the #GoodID principle of privacy.

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

Asociación por los Derechos Civiles

Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC) is a civil society organization based in Argentina with the aim of defending civil and human rights in Argentina and Latin America.

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ADC strives for a democratic and inclusive society, respectful of the rule of law and the recognition of every person’s dignity and freedom. ADC's mission is to defend people’s fundamental rights and advocate for a strong and inclusive democracy through research, advocacy campaigns, and public interest litigation.

Twitter: @adcderechos

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The Centre for Internet and Society

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is a non-profit organisation in India that undertakes interdisciplinary research on internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives.

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The research at CIS seeks to understand the reconfiguration of social processes and structures through the internet and digital media technologies, and vice versa. Through its initiatives, CIS explores, intervenes in, and advances contemporary discourse and regulatory practices around internet, technology, and society.

Twitter: @cis_india

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The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) is a think tank and training center established under Strathmore University.

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Their mission is to study, create, and share knowledge on the development of intellectual property and information technology, especially as they contribute to African Law and Human Rights.

The scope of their work includes evidence-based research and training in intellectual property and innovation, digital identities, artificial intelligence, cyber law and policy, and data governance. They have also partnered with a number of organizations and have been involved in various research activities.

Twitter: @StrathCIPIT

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Tom Fisher

Senior Researcher, Privacy International

Dr Tom Fisher is a researcher, advocate, and campaigner on digital ID, currently working at Privacy International.

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He is passionate about moving towards a future where the need for identification does not lead to us being exploited, excluded, and surveilled. He has trained and advised civil society organizations around the globe. He has conducted research on ID systems in South America, Asia, and Africa, and served as an expert witness in the Huduma Namba case in Kenya.

Twitter: @TomSamaki

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Fundación Datos Protegidos

Datos Protegidos is a non-profit organization, founded in 2015 with the purpose of promoting and improving the rights to privacy and personal data protection in Chile.

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The organization aims to encourage public debate and influence the discussion on a national and regional level, promoting the right to privacy and personal data protection with a focus on dignity, equal rights, and freedom of speech.

Twitter: @datosprotegidos

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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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IPANDETEC is a non-profit organization based in Panama City that promotes the use and regulation of information and communication technologies and the defense of human rights in the digital environment in Central America.

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Twitter: @ipandetec



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.

Good Health Pass Collaborative

The Good Health Pass Collaborative has brought together more than 125 global companies and organizations from across the health, travel, and technology sectors to establish principles and standards for digital health passes aimed at restoring international travel.

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The Good Health Pass Interoperability Blueprint – developed in collaboration with the Trust Over IP Foundation – sets forth a standard which would enable global interoperability among digital health passes and ensure that core principles – such as privacy, security, user-control, equity, and interoperability – are firmly embedded as airlines and governments adopt systems to safely restore international travel.

Twitter: @GoodHealthPass

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Gravity is an ID2020-certified digital ID solution accelerating the financial inclusion and empowerment of all people, anywhere in the world.

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They build trusted digital identity solutions based on blockchain technology for individuals, international organizations and governments. Based on W3C standards for the highest data privacy and protection, Gravity’s cloud platform helps users safely collect and share verifiable data about themselves from a secure digital wallet to access financing, humanitarian aid, education and government services.

Twitter: @gravityID_earth

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Kaarel Kotkas

Founder & CEO, Veriff

Kaarel Kotkas is the strategic thinker and visionary behind Veriff.

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Kaarel keeps Veriff’s team one step ahead of fraud and competition in the dynamic world of online identification. With plenty of energy and enthusiasm, he encourages the Veriff team to stand for honesty in the digital world. In March 2020, Kaarel was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Estonia. Also, Nordic Business Report named Kaarel one of the 25 most influential young entrepreneurs in Northern Europe in 2018.

Twitter: @Veriff

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Andrea Servida

Head of Unit ‘Knowledge Management & Innovative Systems’, Directorate General CONNECT, European Commission

Andrea Servida joined the European Commission in the nineties and since July 2019 is Head of DG CONNECT Unit ‘Knowledge Management and Innovative system’.

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He leads the adoption of advanced digital technologies and the development of systems to streamline business processes, enhance decision making and collaboration towards an efficient digital administration.

From 2016-2019, he led the Unit ‘eGovernment and Trust’, whose mission was to advance the quality and innovation of public administrations and accelerate the adoption and use of electronic identification and trust services in the digital single market (eIDAS). Before that, he led the eIDAS Task Force.

Twitter: @ServidaAndrea

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W3C DID Working Group

The mission of the Decentralized Identifier Working Group is to standardize the Decentralised Identifier (DID) URI scheme, the data model and syntax of DID Documents, which contain information related to DIDs that enable the initial use cases, and the requirements for DID Method specifications.

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Twitter: @w3c

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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.