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.

 

Gravity wins Digital Africa Challenge at the 5th Africa-EU Summit of Heads of State and Government in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Nov 2017

Gravity wins Digital Africa Challenge at the 5th Africa-EU Summit of Heads of State and Government in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Nov 2017

Digital Africa, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, November 27th 2017

As a recognition of the potential global impact of its digital ID solution, Gravity won on November 27th 2017 the Digital Africa Challenge on citizenship and e-government. More than 770 applications coming from 37 different countries were recieved.

Price awarding ceremony took place in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, during the 5th Africa - EU Summit gathering African and European Heads of State and Government together with the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the President of the African Union and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

The central theme for the Summit was 'Youth', which has become a key priority for Europe as well as Africa, in a context of African demographic trends creating major challenges for young people in terms of migration, security and employment.

Gravity speaker at the 2017 Identity World conference in Marseille, France

Gravity speaker at the 2017 Identity World conference in Marseille, France

Identity World, Marseille, France, 25 – 27 September 2017

We will be on main stage September 26th. Presentation will explore how the power of Mobile and Blockchain could help bridging the identity gap.

Identity World is a forum addressing the challenge of providing a legal identity for 1.5 billion people in the emerging countries. Integrated with four co-located conferences on related topics, 1000 public, private and NGOs stakeholders will debate over 2.5 days how trusted technologies support individual’s identity and fosters global development at multiple levels: technologies, financing, social inclusion, legal, humanitarian…

GRAVITY speaker at the 2017 GSMA M360 conference in Dar Es Salaam.

GRAVITY speaker at the 2017 GSMA M360 conference in Dar Es Salaam.

GSMA M360 AFRICA, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11 - 13 July 2017

800 stakeholders from the mobile industry, providers, mobile operators and investors gathered during these 3 days to discuss the state of the industry, to evaluate digital access and inclusion, network coverage and customers’ quality of experience.

We have been invited by the GSMA to participate to an interactive session focusing on emerging policy and regulatory trends linked to mobile SIM registration, best practice on how to create an enabling environment for digital identity and the role mobile operators in providing consumers’ access to life-enhancing services.

The session looked at examples of some of the digital identity solutions that are being trialled across the region. We had the opportunity to showcase our latest Digital Identity pilot performed in Kenya. 

Members of Digital Identity Program of the GSMA stressed that the ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing a number of life-enhancing services such as healthcare, education, financial services, connectivity and social protections.  However, an estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide lack formal identification, predominantly in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.  Whilst many people lack formal identification, mobile phone penetration is increasing, with even the most rural communities frequently having access to mobile phones.  As a result mobile technology has the unique opportunity to provide socially impactful and commercially sustainable digital identity solutions in developing markets.  

GSMA published its white paper on The Mandatory Registration of Prepaid SIM Card Users

GSMA published its white paper on The Mandatory Registration of Prepaid SIM Card Users

A number of countries have mandated the registration of prepaid SIM cards – a policy that requires mobile operators to check and record their customers’ identity documents before selling/activating their prepaid SIM cards.

The GSMA published a study in April 2016 on this topic.

This report highlight:

  • The challenges for consumers and operators where prepaid SIM registration is mandated without proper consideration of local market circumstances (such as citizens’ access to official ID documents);
  • Insights and best practices from different countries that have introduced this policy; and
  • Recommendations for policymakers who are considering mandating or updating such SIM registration policies.

Identification for Development (ID4D) at The World Bank Group

Identification for Development (ID4D) at The World Bank Group

An estimated 1.1 billion people in the world are unable to prove their identity. Identification matters. Why ?

Without official identification, a person can struggle to access:

  • Financial services, such as opening a bank account or obtaining capital and credit
  • Social benefits, including food vouchers, pensions, or cash transfers
  • Healthcare, such as health insurance, vaccinations, and maternal care
  • Education, such as enrolling children in school or applying for scholarships
  • Political and legal rights, such as voting, filing petitions in courts, owning property, or receiving an inheritance
  • Gender equality, including prevention of early and child marriage
  • Migration, including seeking asylum and crossing borders legally and safely

Collectively, the barriers individuals face in turn create larger barriers for the countries they live in.
 

Without strong identification systems, countries can struggle to:

  • Deliver vital services to people
  • Govern effectively 
  • Eliminate duplicative or inefficient programs
  • Make efficient use of limited resources
  • Produce statistics accurately

At the The World Bank Group, the ID4D program helps countries analyze problems, design solutions, and implement new systems to increase the number of people with official identification and the development impact of the overall identification system. When more people have formal identification and identification systems function well, individuals access necessary services, governments function better, use resources more efficiently, and improve statistics to better inform their future policies.