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…

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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 |

There are an estimated 1.5 billion people around the world, largely in Asia and Africa, who do not have an officially recognized document to prove their identity.  In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than…

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Statelessness is now a systemic challenge affecting over 10 million people in the world, with millions of children placed in vulnerable situations. Experts also note that the statistics on the…

Mariana Dahan, John Edge |

​Being able to prove one’s identity is more than a convenience; it is based on fundamental human rights. ​Identification (ID) is indispensable for ensuring access for individuals to educational…

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Photo: © UNICEF/BANA2012-02020/Jannatul Mawa This week, multilateral development banks (MDBs) and IMF representatives gathered for Third International Conference on Financing for Development in…

Mariana Dahan, Alan Gelb |

In the last couple of months, we saw some amazing events making the news headlines. From World Bank President Jim Kim’s outstanding lecture at Georgetown University on “Lessons from Ebola”, to the…

Mariana Dahan |

Lack of personal official identification (ID) prevents people from fully exercising their rights and isolates them socially and economically — voting, legal action, receipt of government benefits…

Mariana Dahan, Randeep Sudan |

What is “legal identity” and what might its future hold? This was the question discussed at the Future of Legal Identity Colloquium in The Hague, Netherlands last week. At this workshop, a variety…

Mariana Dahan, Alan Gelb |

Today marks the end of the connect:ID conference, one of the most influential events in the United States, powered through an alliance with the world’s leading identity industry association.  …

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