by Seth Berkley
MIT Technology Review, April 28, 2017
In developing countries, one in three children under age five has no record of their existence. Technology can help by enabling them to access vital and often life-saving services for the very first time. This makes the technology highly attractive for solving a range of problems, not least achieving what the United Nations calls Sustainable Development Goal 16. It requires all 193 member countries to ensure that everyone has a legal form of identity by 2030. The aim is to safeguard the rights of millions of marginalized or disenfranchised people, giving them access to things we often take for granted – education, health services, or the ability to vote.