June 4, 2022

Dmitrii Blium



SSI Digest May 2022

The EU is continuing to progress towards its goal of not just digital ID but a digital wallet for all with its eIDAS project.

Feedback for EU digital wallets as Switzerland explores digital ID ecosystem

Biometric Update. May 5, 2022

The EU is continuing to progress towards its goal of not just digital ID but a digital wallet for all with its eIDAS project. Feedback on a draft framework finds pros and cons so far in plans for implementing it. Finland looks set to go ahead with its national digital ID, to be compliant with the EU vision, while Switzerland – a non-EU island in a sea of member states – contemplates its own digital identity ecosystem.

#regulation #DID #SSI

Governments expand digital ID efforts and goals for online public service access

Biometric Update. May 10, 2022

Governments around the world continue to establish or upgrade digital ID ecosystems to enhance the way citizens gain access to public services online. There are recent developments in countries including Australia, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Morocco.

#DID #Australia #Ireland #Luxembourg #Morocco

Digital ID scheme is ‘over-engineered’ and ‘inefficient’: Former govt CIO May 9, 2022

The Australian federal government’s long-running, $450 million digital identity scheme is “over-engineered” and has cost too much for what has been delivered so far, according to former government chief information officer Glenn Archer.

#DID #Australia

Nuggets collaborates on metaverse digital identity with tokenized community management system

Biometric Update. May 6, 2022

Collab.Land, a crypto-centered 3.5 million member community management system, is partnering with self-sovereign digital identity and payment platform Nuggets to grant control and portability over their identities in web3 and metaverse through biometrics.

The partners will seek to create an interoperable, decentralized, and metaverse-ready digital ID that will carry over identity factors like reputation from separate online communities in web3 and the metaverse.

#DID #SSI #metaverse #web3.0

cheqd expands partnership network with leading self-sovereign identity vendors

EINPresswire. May 4, 2022.

cheqd has expanded its partnership network to a total of 35 top self-sovereign identity (SSI) vendors, after announcing its second SSI cohort.

cheqd’s network is built for SSI vendors to disrupt established identity paradigms and create new data marketplaces. Each SSI vendor will utilize cheqd’s network tooling, functionality, and native token, $CHEQ, for payment rails, new commercial models, and decentralized governance.


The Kingdom of Morocco launches a national digital ID platform with IDEMIA

IDEMIA. May 19, 2022

Together, the Digital Development Agency (ADD) and the Directorate of National Security (DGSN) launched an identification and authentication service for digital service users. Provided by IDEMIA, this platform is based on a national eID card, and is part of the continuing effort to strengthen digital trust and reinforce security and convenience for Moroccan citizens.

#DID #morocco

The state of Digital ID in Canada

IT World Canada. May 17, 2022

Digital ID is coming to Canada, bringing with it a host of questions and even some concerns from privacy advocates.

Statistics indicate that the public is overwhelmingly supportive of Digital ID. Still these initiatives have their critics, many of whom fear government will overreach or abuse. Digital Identification is an extension of current forms of ID that claims to offer more privacy and control over how personal information is shared. Proponents claim that it alleviates some of the risks associated with physical documents such as driver’s licenses, passports or bank cards.

#DID #canada #regulation

Uganda sued over digital ID system that excludes millions

Thomson Reuters Foundation. May 16, 2022

Three charities have filed suit against the government, saying women and the elderly are missing out on healthcare and welfare benefits due to flaws in the identity card rollout

#DID #uganda

Hiring managers unprepared for digital identity checks

The HR Director. May 21, 2022

Following the positive feedback received about the ability to conduct right to work checks remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Office announced the permanent option of digital checks. However, in its webinar, What Employers Need to Know About Digital Identity, Sterling found that 38% of hiring managers were unsure about the process, 9% believed it would be a challenging process, and 1% indicated that they would prefer traditional screening methods.

Post-poll confirms that a lot of this reticence comes from a lack of understanding around the finer details, rather than a complete reluctance to the move.


Slider-04 Digital call 2022 - European Commission

European Commission. May 18, 2022

A call for proposals from the European Commission until August 17th to help develop, implement and scale up the European Digital Identity framework, based on the revised eIDAS regulatory framework as well as the exchange of evidence as set out in article 14 the Single Digital Gateway Regulation.

#eiDAS #europe #callforproposal to acquire digital identity startup ubble

Fintech Magazine. May 12, 2022, a global cloud-based payments provider, has announced its intent to acquire digital identity verification (IDV) startup, ubble.

Co-founded in 2018 by CEO François Wyss, CRO Juliette Delanoe and CTO Nicolas Debernardi, ubble helps businesses fight against fraud with its online identity verification service that uses exclusive video live streaming and ai technology.

The company’s solution enables the automated verification of a user's identity for over 2000 types of documents from 214 countries and territories worldwide, using best-in-class machine learning models.


The 2021 ID4D and G2Px Annual Report

World Bank. May 17, 2022

The report published by the World Bank Group's sister initiatives for digital ID and government-to-person (G2P) payment ecosystems. The document covers how both initiatives have grown across the three pillars of work: thought leadership and analytics, global platforms and convening, as well as country and regional action.

In 2021, demand increased significantly as countries sought to use ID systems and digitized G2P payments to respond to and recover from the pandemic.

#DID #report

How digital identities could shape the future of humanitarian aid

Biometric Update. May 23, 2022

The current wars in Yemen, Palestine and Ukraine have sparked an enormous humanitarian appeal. Such circumstances have brought into the foreground the value of implementing innovative technologies such as portable digital identity wallets. This technology is key in helping to ensure that even when displaced from your home and physical documentation, you are never displaced from your identity and ability to seamlessly enter and participate in the global economy.

Just as people turned to cryptocurrency after losing access to material assets, so too could a digital ID wallet help smooth the transition of those entering new countries, many of whom left crucial documentation and personal records behind.

#DID #SSI #ukraine #DIDwallet

OpenID Foundation Publishes “OpenID for Verifiable Credentials” Whitepaper

OpenID. May 12, 2022

The OpenID Foundation publishes a whitepaper, “OpenID for Verifiable Credentials”. The goal of this whitepaper is to inform and educate the readers about the work on the OpenID for Verifiable Credentials (OpenID4VC) specifications family. It addresses use-cases referred to as Self-Sovereign Identity, Decentralized Identity, or User-Centric Identity, including:

  • Employee Onboarding
  • Entitlement Management with Workplace Credentials
  • Mobile Driving Licence
  • SMART Health Cards

#whitepaper #SSI #VCs #DID

Gigya founder discusses passwordless authentication and new startup OwnID May 16, 2022

An interview with Rooly Eliezerov, a founder of Gigya, the Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) platform that was acquired by SAP in 2017 for $350 million. Rooly provides a behind-the-scenes look at his new, innovative startup’s smartphone-based, biometric passwordless authentication technology. OwnID aims to transform how people log into their accounts, and to drive advances in the digital identity ownership arena.

#startups #SSI #DID

The Future of Digital Identity 2022

FinExtra. May 2022

The report by Finextra on Digital Identity. With expert views from CGAP, Citi, EPAM Continuum, HSBC, KPMG, London School of Economics, Loughborough University, The Purple Tornado, and the United Nations in this report, you will learn from industry leaders about the events and trends defining digital identity in 2022 and beyond.

#DID #SSI #regulation #report

National digital ID card market bounces back after slow 2020

Biometric Update. May 27, 2022

The report from ABI’s Citizen Digital Identity research service shows a 17.7 percent jump in the issuance of national digital ID credentials from 2020 to 2021, reaching 314.7 million units.

Digital ID card rollouts could be significantly affected this year by supply chain shortages, however. The projection for growth in the issuance of digital IDs in 2022 is only 2 percent.

Jamaica unveils design, UAE expands use, Guatemala reminds citizens.

#DID #regulatory #jamaica #UAE #guatemala

What Happens When You Die in the Metaverse?

Coindesk. May 26, 2022

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, the most used blockchain, thinks he found the next big opportunity in crypto. He wants distributed ledgers to help create and manage our identities – both on and offline – using “soulbound tokens” (SBT).

In a recently published paper, “Decentralized Society: Finding Web3’s Soul,” co-authored with Flashbots’ Puja Ohlhaver and Microsoft’s Glen Weyl, Buterin outlines a cryptographic tool similar to non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that could be used as a sort of living, transparent and immutable curriculum vitae (CV).

#metaverse #DID #buterin #whitepaper

3 Key Findings from Jumio’s Digital Identity 2022 Research

Jumio. May 25, 2022

Conducted by a third-party research house, Opinium, the Digital Identity in 2022 Global Consumer Research exposes updated consumer views toward digital identity while uncovering thoughts on the role of digital identity across sectors. The 3 key findings are:

  1. The use of digital identity is on the rise following the pandemic. 57% of respondents say they often have to verify their digital identity.
  2. Banks are ahead of the curve with robust identity verification. Gambling and social media sites are lagging behind. Consumers are increasingly confident that banks are actively implementing robust identity verification solutions. They don’t feel the same way about gambling and social media sites.
  3. Business use of digital identity verification addresses consumer concerns. There are clear opportunities for businesses to use and promote robust identity verification measures in order to respond to consumer concerns.

#DID #report

Digital Identity Global Market To Grow At Rate Of 16% Through 2026

Newswires. May 26, 2022

According to ‘Digital Identity Global Market Report 2022 – Market Size, Trends, And Global Forecast 2022-2026’ published by The Business Research Company, the digital identity market size is expected to grow from $20.55 billion in 2021 to $23.83 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.98%. The global digital identity market size is expected to reach $43.16 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 16.01%. An increase in instances of identity-related fraud and data breaches is contributing to the growth of the digital identity market.

#DID #report

Digital identity vendor Xydus rebrands amid record growth

Enterprise Times. May 26, 2022

Digital identity vendor Paycasso has rebranded to Xydus. It also announced that 2021 saw sales soar by 6x, setting a new record. Those sales were led by a number of deals with large corporate clients such as PWC, EY, TransUnion, Equifax, Philip Morris International, Irish Life, and the National Health Service.


FlexID gets Algorand funding to offer self-sovereign IDs to Africa’s unbanked

TechCrunch. May 27, 2022

African countries have made great strides in promoting financial inclusion over the past decade, but it’s still early days. More than 60% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa are unbanked, according to World Bank estimates for 2021.

Zimbabwe’s FlexID is building a blockchain-based identity system for those excluded from the banking system due to their lack of identity documents. FlexID’s idea has won it funding from Algorand, a blockchain protocol created by Turing Award-winning cryptographer Silvio Micali. The two parties didn’t disclose the size of the investment.

#DID #SSI #funding

Avast’s Charlie Walton wants you to Bring Your Own Identity

Biometric Update. May 24, 2022

Could Avast bring the dream of decentralized identity to the masses? An interview of Heather Vescent with Avast’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Identity Charlie Walton to find out.

#DID #interview

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