Mind the Digital Identity Gap
The world is on a digital transformation journey as we are moving towards a digitally inclusive society.
Digital and real-life identity
Today, physical ID Documents are still more familiar. However, they can be easily manipulated or purchased illegally. A secure digital identity contains validated digital information such as a social security number, name, place and date of birth and biometrics such as fingerprints. These elements are defined by governments and connect someone’s physical and digital identity.
Connecting the developing world
A billion people around the world have no formal way of proving who they are. Close to half of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 calls for a secure, legal identity for all by 2030. The World Bank ID4D initiative supports this and built principles on identification for sustainable development, based on existing international norms. To meet the goal, a secure infrastructure is vital. The African continent has embraced the use of biometric verification and authentication solutions. Digital identity plays a foundational role on our growing digital economy.
In emerging economies, it is found that a digital ID could unlock up to 50-70 percent of the full economic potential.
Secure digital identity for all
At Laxton, it is our mission to enable a secure digital identity for all. Our reliable solutions open up digital identity to people around the world impacting their access to fundamental services like government support, healthcare, elections, education and mobile connectivity. We have developed a Central Biometric Record Management System (CRMS) and Data Collection Centre in order to create the identity solution for the people of Malawi. Nine millions citizens received a National ID Card for the first time. For us, this is one step closer to a world where everyone has access to digital identity.