Dgital ID in Cities – Use Cases and Pilots

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Digital ID in Cities – Use Cases and Pilots


Conveners: John Wittrock (john@sidewalklabs.com), Chris Anderson (canderson@sidewalklabs.com)

Notes-takers: John Wittrock, Chris Anderson


Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:


Cities, Municipal ID, Self-sovereign ID user experience, ...


  • Intro to Sidewalk Labs:
    • Building a part of a city, and sees identity as crucial to the experience in a city from the internet up
    • But see the need to preserve privacy and social contracts around how we already interact with cities.
  • Why cities?
    • Flexibility - doesn’t need to work for an entire country
    • Smallest unit of gov’t - allows public oversight
  • Precedents
    • Municipal IDs: nycID, Elm City ID, Dubai
    • Digital driver’s licenses
    • Federated logins: Securekey
    • Status quo: log in and pay parking ticket with your driver’s license
    • Digital ID: Dubai, Switzerland, Singapore
  • How do cities tend to work?
    • Pilots, RFPs, etc.
  • Unique challenges to cities
    • Cities are going to require a credible “help button” for users
    • Cities may want some sort of ability to reset the system or at least prevent forks
    • Equity, accessibility problems pervade all city services problems
    • As much as we like to talk about the backend tech, much of this is a user experience problem
  • Use cases
    • Access to city services
      • Physical services - courthouses, police stations
      • Digital services
    • Verifiable citizen engagement
    • Proofing for service providers
    • Physical access control
  • Existing pilots
    • Illinois, would love to hear about that
    • British Columbia: DIACC
  • Potential pilots
    • Start small: citizen engagement, feedback, homeowners association
  • Open Questions:
    • What’s the best-in-class tech for user experience and backend implementation?

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