Solving a Global Digital Identity Crisis

by Seth Berkley
MIT Technology Review, April 28, 2017

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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.

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