The value of digital citizen identity is a significant force in delivering legitimate access to public services conveniently and securely.
FREMONT, CA: For decades, governments have relied on a sprawling patchwork of systems to identify and manage citizens' identities. Authorities were using everything from passwords to biometrics, making people around the world, proving their identity in formal ways. A unique digital identity for citizens could create dramatic leaps in service quality and massive efficiency gains for governments by providing citizens access to all sorts of public services and other government benefit programs. This digital identity model is now being adopted across the world.
As many modern governmental services and programs are fully online, citizens would benefit greatly from the implementation of a digital identity that is legally authenticated by the government authority. Digital citizen identity is portable on digital platforms. It is almost similar to how a driving license can be used as proof of identity. Official government registrations can be integrated to this digital revolution, and it can serve as a starting point for accurate documentation of information in the future.
Managing and verifying identities with digital methods such as distributed ledger can improve public service delivery by making them more secure and convenient. Verification of a citizen using a legally documented trust anchor helps combat fraud and counterfeit issues. It can also help reduce risk to all parties involved in a transaction. Creating identity-proofing protocols with broad, standardized credentialing will be a great asset across multiple industries.
Governments have been investing in digital identity authentication methods to make sure citizens can easily, securely, and legitimately access public services. Trustworthy authentication is vital to the digital future, and having the government as the trust anchor is a significant step in the right direction.