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The Case for Digital Identification

While the hyper-digitization of the planet has improved many aspects of people’s lives, especially in developing countries, it has also complicated online safety. To secure personal data, rationalize online navigation, and boost financial inclusion, governments should embrace electronic IDs.

MUMBAI/SAN FRANCISCO – Worldwide, more than four billion people are connected to the Internet, spending an average of roughly six hours per day on Internet-enabled devices and services. In Thailand and the Philippines, average daily usage is 9.5 hours; in the United States, 26% of the population is online “almost constantly;” and one billion more people in the world are projected to join the ranks of internet users by 2022. Yet as we embrace the digital world, the complexity of navigating it securely, efficiently, and in a personalized manner becomes more acute. One promising solution is already being deployed in some countries: digital identification.