ID2020 is an organization whose mission is to enable the world’s “invisible” population to have a digital identity. An estimated 1.1 billion people have no official documentation of any kind. A disproportionate number of these people are women and children who struggle to access critical social services and benefits. The goal is to work with governments to implement standardized, secure, low-cost identity management solutions.
At ID2020’s “Platform for Change” Summit, recently held at the United Nations in New York, Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade presented a new identity platform solution based on biometrics and blockchain. Blockchain allows digital information to be distributed – but not copied – allowing a secure and credible way to access data such as biometric information.
Accenture has launched a prototype identity system using blockchain technology by Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, running on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform. The system will use fingerprint or iris biometric scans to authenticate identity in a decentralized manner.
The United Nations has supported using biometric registration and background screening to process refugees. This allows countries the security of knowing who is within their borders. It facilitates programs that offer support and services, which helps keep refugees from falling into the hands of traffickers, and makes them less vulnerable to terrorist organizations.
The UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) has been working to put biometric ID programs in place for refugees around the world, including Thailand, South Sudan and Chad. These programs have been put in place with government collaboration.
ID2020’s first goal is achieve “technical proof of concept and evaluating multiple avenues to scale" by 2020. By 2030, the goal is to provide “every person on the planet” a digital identity. ID2020 is a private and public partnership in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 16.9.
ID2020 Supporters Create Identity Solution Based on Blockchain, Biometrics
Alex Perala, June 19, 2017, on FindBiometrics.com
ID2020 Summit 2017, July 19, 2017, United Nations, NY
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