Digital ID from a standing start: Online verification for nations without a national ID card

May 10, 2022
Digital & technology

One of the essential foundations of digital transformation is a single online identity verification system allowing access to a wide range of public services. Given a common ID platform, digital leaders can much improve accessibility and value for citizens, while building services around user needs and sharing data with confidence. And without one, their progress will always be relatively fragmented, costly and slow.

Even for countries with an existing national ID system – providing a ready-made way of identifying each citizen – building a digital equivalent is a complex task. And for those nations without that shared ID spine running through public service delivery, it’s positively daunting: public service providers must be persuaded to re-engineer their use of data, drop their own log-in systems, and place their trust in an emerging replacement. Often, federal structures, weak central digital functions, and questions over accountabilities, funding and public access present further obstacles.

Alongside the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, dozens of nations in Africa, central Asia and Scandinavia face these challenges. And many are creating solutions: Nordic nations are working with their banking sectors, for example, while Scotland develops a ‘personal locker’ platform drawing on other forms of ID. At this webinar, digital and data leaders will explore how best to create an ID verification system from scratch, building the robust framework required to support digital transformation.