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Digital IDs are a good thing according to the World Economic Forum and GAVI - what a surprise!

The World Economic Forum confirm Digital IDs.

This is the end of dissent online. What I'm doing now will probably be illegal, and the mindless masses will lap it up!

Next steps for governments and companies

Governments around the world are spending huge amounts to bail out economies due to the impacts of COVID-19, looking for GDP gains, streamlining economies and decreasing fraud. Digital identity enables all this, as well as robust testing regimes, opening travel and work places. The value creation of digital ID is equivalent to 3-13% of GDP by 2030, according to McKinsey.

So what needs to be done?

  • Frameworks may have to be rewritten to enable digital forms of identification to be accepted at parity with physical ID documents.

  • Policymakers need to be able to move as quickly as the technology and times in which they live. Data protection authorities must offer sufficient data protection legal bases to enable biometric digital identity to function.

  • For citizens to trust and be willing participants, organizations must take the time to contribute to the global dialogue between trust frameworks and explain their models clearly. Innovative thinking is needed to enable citizens of all backgrounds to participate in this digital public infrastructure."


GAVI - the vaccine alliance have been promoting digital IDs and fingerprint global identity since 2018. A global database. Freedom anyone? Not for long!

Four companies will receive Gavi support to help scale emerging digital identification technologies in developing countries

Geneva, 31 July 2018 – Digital health cards, biometric records, text message birth alerts and a mobile digital identity platform that can work entirely offline have all been chosen to be this year’s INFUSE Pacesetters by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Gavi launched INFUSE (Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunisation) at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos to help improve vaccine delivery systems by connecting high-impact innovations with the countries that need them most. This year, Gavi sought to identify proven technologies that could accelerate and improve immunisation coverage and delivery by improving the formal identity, registration and verification of children in developing countries.

“We are currently in the middle of a global identity crisis: tens of millions of children – especially those living in most remote, impoverished communities – have no formal record of their existence,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “That represents an enormous impediment to Gavi’s mission of ensuring that every child worldwide receives the essential vaccines they need to survive and thrive. This year’s INFUSE Pacesetters are on the cutting edge of technologies that might help us overcome that challenge.”

At a two-day workshop this month in San Francisco, a hub for disruptive technology and innovation, Gavi selected the INFUSE Pacesetters from more than 200 innovations from around the world. They include:

  • Element, Inc: An AI-powered, software-only solution for biometric recognition that runs offline on mobile devices.

  • Ona Open Smart Register Platform (OpenSRP): A digital health card technology allowing frontline health workers to electronically register and track health services.

  • iCivil Africa: A mobile solution that sends the details of every new-born baby’s birth to a government health worker via coded SMS.

  • Simprints: A biometric innovation that solves challenges to immunisation coverage by linking children to health records through their fingerprints.

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