Oria Adamo, 72 years old and the mayor of a small town in Central African Republic shows his ID card in the village of Ndu, Bas Uele province, Democratic Republic of the Congo where thousands fled…

Nicholas Oakeshott, Jonathan Marskell, Emily Weedon Chapman, Marie Benihirwe |

Also available in: Español | Français  | العربية  Blockchain is the subject of considerable hype, thanks largely to the rise (and fall and rise...) of high profile digital currencies. Beyond this…

Alicia Hammond, David Young |

Also available in: Français | العربية| Español Photo: Daniel Silva Yoshisato An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide cannot officially prove their identity, according to the 2017 update of the…

Vyjayanti T Desai, Matthias Witt, Kamya Chandra, Jonathan Marskell |

Rubi’s Story: Exulted, Rubi ran home. As fast as her fifteen-year-old legs could carry her, she ran, exam in hand, excited to share the results with her family. The results, she believed, would…

Lucia Hanmer |

a longer version of this blog post is available on the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative platform With Google Trends data showing that searches for the word “blockchain” have…

Mariana Dahan, Michael Casey |

Widespread lack of official identification (ID) in developing countries disproportionately affects women and girls, who face more and higher barriers to obtaining IDs. As economists at the World…

Lucia Hanmer, Mariana Dahan |

This week, the World Bank is hosting the Data2X and the Gender Data Revolution event to draw attention to some of the most disturbing issues in development. Too many people are still uncounted. …

Mariana Dahan |