ID4 Africa – Exploring Possibilities for how SSI Communities and Companies show up @ the event & surrounding weekends
ID4 Africa: Exploring Possibilities for How SSI Communities & Companies Show Up At The Event & Surrounding Weekends (Morocco June 2-4, 2020)
Convener: Kaliya Young
Notes-taker(s): Kristina Yasuda
Tags for the session - technology discussed/ideas considered:
Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:
Context: Kalya went to ID4Africa and got inspired to organized a SSI related event at a next conference is Marrakech
- Abbreviation: CRVS - Civil registration and verification service
-: Difference in mental models: our (IIW) perspective – I have a digital self and I control it vs World Bank – digitizing records
-: Dedication: Data protection officers brought to ID4Africa for free
- SDG 16.9 give everyone a legal / digital ID – need to be finished in several years
-: Motivation in Africa: Intention to learn as fast as we can and start implementing = pressure
-: Dilemma: have to be delivering a service to scale this
- Doc’s previous conversation with the WB after explaining SSI:
-: Their answer: Funding is there, but if we continue doing it in a conventional way, we will get nowhere
-: “we’re going to help governments not to make a mistake” – help African governments to get ‘centralized’ databases correct
- Need databases to be talking to each other
- Kalya had ‘decentralized’ identity meet-up @ ID4Africa
-: Problem found: cannot onboard RPs fast enough
- Feedback from Youth in Africa: “Africa is decentralized anyway”
- How is collab across the countries done? – parties do not even talk to each other today
- Need: Education material
-: Brussels Sciences & Society felt like victims
-: How do we talk about identity to a ‘normal person’? to policy makers?
- Who defined Africa? Egypt, Libia not included
-: Do not have capacity or already advanced?
-: Smart Africa is similar
- Bringing together start-ups working on Digital ID. Problems faced by a participant doing business in Africa (Uganda)
-: Explaining that they are not competing with others
-: Explaining it to the governments, how they can meet the deadline by 2030 /the concept itself -> need to be at the conference itself
- ITU – Digital Roadmap
- What problems does Digital identity solves for the governments
-: Honeypot problem increases risk for them?
-: Foreign investment – early adopters private sector (ts1, WorkDay)
-: Data protection problem tied into (eIDAS)
- Need to be selling as a scalable thing: once you issue, you can talk to anyone who issue these credentials (We are selling it all wrong now)
- All these architecture assumes connectivity
-: Chain of keys/credentials that can be read offline
-: SSI offline?
- Satellites! Relativity – 2 co-founders, founding of 3D printed rockets
-: 2021 rockets a year – will be carrying micro satellites who are building those up for communication services. Space version of google satellites – low orbit satellites
-: At least 5G level communications?
-: Connectivity goes away in 7-10 years away?
- Do not build another one – connect those systems,
-: Interoperability not just technical, but also legal, trust framework
-: Gov as certifiers?
- Survivability of a regime change…
-: Leverage the NGOs networks who have expertise in this domain
- Leverage Japanese
- Reach out to ITU (international telecommunications union)
- Founder of Diwala – skills data points in Uganda
- Close digital divide
- Chinese surveillance system
- JICA got funding to do digital identity in Africa (Rwanda)