LISTEN NOW: Exploring appropriate uses of digital ID and the Good ID movement


Author: Sarah Corley

This webinar, presented by Thea Anderson and Subhashish Bhandra from Omidyar Network, focuses on the “Good ID.” Good ID is Omidyar’s normative framing for any digital identity system that prioritizes individual empowerment while ensuring adequate safeguards. Specifically, Good ID is inclusive, offers significant personal value, and empowers individuals with privacy, security, and control. Good ID builds trust with transparency and accountability. Good ID seeks to address exclusion, discrimination, surveillance, consent, and other key issues of our time.

How an ID system is designed, rolled out and managed can include and protect individuals with privacy, security and control. Or it can reinforce power imbalances, exclude, discriminate and support surveillance.

Transparent, accountable, and trust-building practices lead to Good ID, as does thoughtful design features in technologies and policies. Five features that are important in the design are: Privacy; Inclusion; User value; User agency and Security. The webinar expands on the concept of Good ID and appropriate uses of digital ID.