ID 2020 Agenda Update: Alliance launched a New Digital Identification With Vaccines
Alliance launched a new digital identity program at its annual summit in New York called ID2020, in collaboration with the government of Bangladesh, the Gavi vaccine alliance and new partners in government, academia and relief humanitarian.
The program to take advantage of immunization as an opportunity to establish a digital identity has been unveiled by ID2020 in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh’s Access to Information Program (a2i), the general branch of health services, and Gavi, according to the announcement.
Digital identity is a computerized record of who a person is, stored in a register. It is used, in this case, to find out who received the vaccination.
Alliance are implementing a forward-looking approach to digital identity that gives individuals control over their own personal information, while continuing to build on existing systems and programs,” said Anir Chowdhury, policy advisor at a2i.
“The government of Bangladesh in the other hand, recognizes that the design of digital identity systems has far-reaching implications for people’s access to services and livelihoods, and we look forward to pioneering this approach.”
Gavi CEO Seth Berkley explains that 89% of children and adolescents who do not have an identity live in countries where the organization is active.
“We (Alliance) are excited about the potential impact of this program not only in Bangladesh, but as something that we can replicate in the Gavi-eligible countries, providing a viable path to bridge the identity gap,” he said.
A partnership was also formed earlier this year between Gavi, NEC and Simprints to use biometrics to improve vaccine coverage in developing countries.
“Digital identification is being defined and implemented today, and we recognize the importance of rapid action to bridge the identity gap,” said Dakota Gruener, executive director of ID2020.
“The time has come to make bold commitments to ensure that we respond both quickly and responsibly. We and our ID2020 Alliance partners, present and future, are determined to meet this challenge. “
ID2020 Alliance also announced new partnerships and provided progress reports on initiatives launched last year. Since last year’s summit, the ID2020 Alliance has been joined by the City of Austin, the CITRIS Policy Lab of UC Berkeley and Care USA.
In the same vain, the City of Austin, ID2020, and several other partners are working with homeless people and service providers who are engaging with them to develop a blockchain-enabled digital identity platform called MyPass to give homeless their own identity data.
According to ID2020, two inaugural pilot programs launched last year in partnership with iRespond and Everest have each progressed.
IRespond Program Improved Continuity of Care for Over 3,000 Refugees Receiving Treatment for Chronic Diseases from the International Rescue Committee in Thailand, Announces, While Everest Helped Provide Access to Grants critical energy and a range of additional services with secure, user-centric digital identities without relying on a smartphone.
This message was updated today April 9, 2020, to clarify that the program is intended to allow people to get vaccinated and to prove that they received it, not to follow individuals, as some claim conspiracy theorists.