Africa-focused digital identity assessment tools

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Coinciding with the events of International Identification Day, the Design and Use of Digital Identities project is launching an assessment of digital identification systems deployed across Africa.

The Digital Identities Design and Uses project is managed by the Center for Internet and Society and supported by Omidyar Network India. In 2019, the Center for Internet and Society developed an Assessment Framework for Digital Identity to examine digital ID systems around the world through three types of testing: rule of law, rights-based, and risk-based.

The project is now turning its assessments to Africa. He joined forces with Research ICT Africa, a think tank dedicated to the development of a sustainable information society and digital economy. Together, they are working with local partners in ten African companies to apply their assessment framework to digital ID systems.

“Recently, many countries on the African continent have been sites of rapid deployment of national digital ID programs, often without sufficient regulatory oversight or accountability, and in the absence of a clear governance framework,” the announcement said. . The group notes the discrimination, exclusion and the scope of monitoring systems implemented.

Country-level results will go towards a ‘public repository’ of African digital ID systems in the form of a website titled ‘State of Africa ID’ which will include notes on statutory, governance and design elements. digital identification in the countries covered: Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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Africa | biometrics | Center for Internet and Society | digital identification | Design and use of digital identities | digital identity | national identity card | Omidyar Network


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