Digital Identity mechanisms offer the promise of greater efficiency, security, and trust in a wide variety of settings. From the provision of financial services to government identification and anonymous data collection, digital identity can enable social transactions and strengthen the systems critical to society as a whole. However, the development of a coherent digital identity scheme or schemes touches on issues that cross sectors and industries, require cooperation between companies, lawmakers, regulators, and civil society. The Forum aims to ensure the existence of a digital mechanism for identity authentication that fosters opportunity, enables a system for persons, devices, and entities and supports the movement of individuals, funds, goods, data and other resources.
This programme will convene leaders to meet the challenges of digital identity, including:
- Difficulty in enabling and ensuring the existence of a digital mechanism for identity authentication that fosters growth and opportunity.
- Undefined commonalities and variances within the ecosystem, digital identity and authentication regime for persons, devices, and entities that can also support the movement of individuals, funds, goods, and data.
- Lack of universal principles for digital identity to use across jurisdictions and industries to provide a consistent mechanism for proofing individuals.
- Limited insight on how emerging technologies such as IoT and Blockchain impact, complicate and enhance the use of Digital Identity.
- Need for greater understanding of how growth of digital identity impacts privacy, security, ownership, analogue identity, etc.
Through this project, the Forum supports the development of the following outcomes:
- Shape the next chapter in identity through understanding and defining a framework, basic principles and requirements for universal digital identity regimes.
- Provide a platform to facilitate and frame tailored multi-stakeholder conversations across sectors, industries and geographies.
- Set the foundation for a digital mechanism that fosters growth and opportunity by addressing key questions about the impact of digital identity on movement of individuals, funds, goods, data and other resources in the digital economy and society.