Gravity at ChangeNow - International Summit for Change, Paris

Gravity at ChangeNow - International Summit for Change, Paris

Gravity pitched at the ChangeNOW Summit in Paris on September 28th, 2018 as part of a seminar on Inclusion by Technology.

The ChangeNOW Summit brought together a diverse range of actors across public and private sectors over 2 days at Station F in Paris with the aim of discussing solutions to the most pertinent problems the world is facing, with a focus on 8 thematic areas emanating from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

With over 500 projects and speakers, 400 investors, 90 countries and 6000 participants, the ChangeNOW summit allowed for Gravity and other like-minded actors to come together under the same roof in a combined effort to act consciously towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Gravity contributor to World Economic Forum's Insight Report on Identity in a Digital World: A new chapter in the social contract

Gravity contributor to World Economic Forum's Insight Report on Identity in a Digital World: A new chapter in the social contract

Gravity is proud to announce the release of the World Economic Forum’s report “Identity in a Digital World: A new chapter in the social contract”, to which it has been a contributor.

“Our identity is, literally, who we are, and as the digital technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution advance, our identity is increasingly digital. This digital identity determines what products, services and information we can access – or, conversely, what is closed off to us.

If we act wisely today, digital identities can help transform the future for billions of individuals, all over the world, enabling them to access new economic, political and social opportunities, while enjoying digital safety, privacy and other human rights. “

The report highlights:

  • The need for shared understanding and coordinated action with regards to digital identity

  • The 5 elements of a good digital identity which create user value, and;

  • The prioririties for collaboration on the digital identity agenda.

Gravity attending the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit, 2018

Gravity attending the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit, 2018

Gravity is attending the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit, 2018 in New York from the 24th to the 26th of September, 2018. We have been invited to participate in a meeting on "Advancing a Shared Platform for Good Digital Identity" to discuss the advancement of a global agenda on digital identity through cross-sectoral collaboration.

GRAVITY SPEAKER AT CASS INNOVATE, LONDON, UK, 13 SEPTEMBER 2018

GRAVITY SPEAKER AT CASS INNOVATE, LONDON, UK, 13 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cass Innovate takes place on 13 Sept 2018 at Cass Business School in London, UK. 

Bringing together academics, practitioners and students, ‘The Future is Now’ exposes more than 200 delegates to best innovation practices, successful entrepreneurship stories and leading research. It also provides extensive and diverse opportunities for networking with a wide range of entrepreneurs, experts and decision makers.

Through a variety of workshops, interviews and panel discussions, the conference explores how rapidly developing technologies are changing the ways we work, create and do business.

G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), The Hague, Netherlands, 10-11 September, 2018

G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), The Hague, Netherlands, 10-11 September, 2018

At the invitation of the Ministry of Treasury of Argentina and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Gravity will attend the GPFI High-Level Workshop on the Financial Inclusion of Forcibly Displaced Persons.

The Workshop brings together policymakers and financial regulators from G20 and non-G20 countries, representatives from humanitarian organizations, development agencies, the private sector, and academia to foster the ongoing stakeholder dialogue on Financial Inclusion of FDPs. It will build on theGPFI Policy Paper on Financial Inclusion of FDPs and aims to support the development of a G20 Roadmap on Sustainable and Responsible Financial Inclusion of FDPs, as requested by the G20 Leaders.

Meet us at Viva Technology, Paris, France, 24-26 May 2018

Meet us at Viva Technology, Paris, France, 24-26 May 2018

VivaTech is the world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation. It takes place at Porte de Versailles, Paris on 24–26 May 2018.

From top speakers and exhibitions to open innovation and live experiences, VivaTech is a celebration of today’s innovations and tomorrow’s possibilities for everyone who believes in the power of technology to transform business and society.

More than 70,000 visitors attended the 2018 edition.

Gravity speaker at ID4Africa, Abuja, Nigeria, 26 April 2018

Gravity speaker at ID4Africa, Abuja, Nigeria, 26 April 2018

We will be on main stage April 26th. Presentation will explore how Mobile and Blockchain technology have the potential to be disruptive in the identity management space.

The annual meeting of the ID4Africa movement is a reference forum and expo focused on digital identity and its applications for driving socio-economic development in Africa. It reunites, under one place, more than 1000 delegates from four key stakeholder groups in the identity space:

  • The identity authorities and users in African countries
  • The international development agencies
  • The solution providers
  • The domain experts

The forum serves capacity building, where African delegates could learn about their options and explain their problems and challenges and seek input and advice from domain experts and vendors. It is also an opportunity for the international development agencies and donors to gain insight into trends and needs in their focus practices and geographic zones in order to help in their engagement planning and development.

World Economic Forum White Paper on Digital Identity : On the Threshold of a Digital Identity Revolution

World Economic Forum White Paper on Digital Identity : On the Threshold of a Digital Identity Revolution

As we move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution and more transactions are conducted digitally, a digital representation of one’s identity has become increasingly important; this applies to humans, devices, legal entities and beyond.

For humans, this proof of identity is a fundamental prerequisite to access critical services and participate in modern economic, social and political systems. For devices, their digital identity is critical in conducting transactions, especially as the devices will be able to transact relatively independent of humans in the near future. For legal entities, the current state of identity management consists of inefficient manual processes that could benefit from new technologies and architecture to support digital growth.

As the number of digital services, transactions and entities grows, it will be increasingly important to ensure the transactions take place in a secure and trusted network where each entity can be identified and authenticated. 

Identity is the first step of every transaction between two or more parties.  Digital identity can have a transformative effect on a number of sectors and entities as described in the following section. 

The World Economic Forum White Paper on Digital Identity explores the challenges with current identity systems and the trends that will have significant impact on identity in the future. 

USAID published its report Identity in a Digital Age

USAID published its report Identity in a Digital Age

There may be no single factor that affects a person’s ability to share in the gains of global development as much as having an official identity. Identity unlocks formal services as diverse as voting, financial account ownership, loan applications, business registration, land titling, social protection payments, and school enrollment. Robust identity systems can help protect against human trafficking or child marriage. In many ways, the roughly 1.1 billion people who lack official identity are invisible, discounted, and left behind. The need for clear understanding and informed engagement around ID technologies has never been greater.

Today, donor investments in digital ID (DID) systems are often confined to sector silos. These systems are built to support specific programs, which leads to a proliferation of fragmented systems. At the same time, technology is changing at a rapid pace. Emerging trends like blockchain, advanced biometrics, and algorithmic identification will transform the DID landscape.

The future of DIDs is not predetermined. Fragmentation may persist. The gap between those who benefit from emerging technologies may grow, compounding existing inequities. Privacy breaches may overwhelm any benefit enabled by new data types. Donors like USAID have a tremendous opportunity to help ensure a future wherein digital identity is infrastructure for inclusive development and no one is left behind.

This report was written by the Strategy & Research team within the Center for Digital Development at USAID. 

Read the report

GSMA showcases Gravity in its Blockchain for Development report

GSMA showcases Gravity in its Blockchain for Development report

GSMA showcases Gravity in its Blockchain for Development report, December 14th, 2018

The report provides four case studies (from Gravity, BanQu, Disberse and WFP) that show how blockchain platforms are being used to improve people’s access to self-sovereign identities, bring new levels of transparency to the distribution of international aid, and improve the efficiency of humanitarian cash transfers. The GSMA Digital Identity team notes that early evidence is showing that these projects could provide mobile operators with new opportunities to support development partners, create new revenue streams, reduce their Know-Your-Customer (KYC) compliance costs and related barriers, and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

About the GSMA Digital Identity programme: mission of the programme is to leverage mobile technology as an enabler of digital identity and associated services which provide social and commercial value in developing markets. The team works with mobile operators, governments and the development community to demonstrate the opportunities, address the barriers and highlight the value of mobile as an enabler of digital identification.