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Out of Africa

 Picture : Mr Eng Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, Director General/CEO, NIMC, Nigeria and Chair of the OSIA Advisory Committee and Ms Debora Comparin, Chair of the OSIA Workgroup, Secure Identity Alliance on stage at ID4Africa for the launch of OSIA.


Following the successful launch of OSIA (Open Standards Identity API) at ID4Africa in Johannesburg, the Secure Identity Alliance is happy to welcome the following government agencies in its OSIA Advisory Committee:

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Open Source API for National ID Ecosystems: Assuring Interoperability and Harmonization for Sovereign ID Programs

The SIA’s pioneering new Open Source API will bring interoperability among civil registration and civil identification registries – independent of technology, solution architecture or vendor.


Citizens around the world depend on government issued identities to prove they are who they say they are and to undertake commonplace transactions – from opening bank accounts or registering for school, to obtaining formal employment or receiving social transfers.


It is crucial, therefore, that governments are able to ensure citizens are the same person across all these various registries and issuing agencies, and that an individual’s data – or attributes – are up-to-date. Doing so protects the individual against the risk of identity theft and state agencies against fraud.


To achieve this objective these different registries need to ‘talk’ to one another.


It is this imperative that is currently driving governments around the globe to rollout national ID ecosystems in which multiple identity registries and systems, serving different functions, operate together as a cohesive whole.

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Identity in Healthcare - A key Enabler to Integrated Care

Efficient and reliable patient identify management will be an essential element in making the benefits of integrated care a reality. This was the core message at the launch of a joint new publication from COCIR and the SIA entitled ‘Identity in Healthcare’ at the HIMSS Europe and Health 2.0 conference in Barcelona. The publication brings much-needed clarity and key recommendations to the ID challenge facing the health sector.

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Points de repère pour l’identité numérique en Afrique


Ouverte par le Premier ministre de Namibie, la troisième conférence bilingue (français-anglais) du mouvement ID4Africa (1) a réuni près de 1000 des acteurs de l’identité numérique à Windhoek en Namibie, de plus de 30 pays.

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Digital Channels and the Evolution of ID

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While the concept of identity (ID) remains unchanged, the rapid evolution of digital technology has dramatically extended both its application and form factor.

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Ten Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development

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Today, the Secure Identity Alliance has joined the global partnership network on identification and endorsed the Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development: Toward the Digital Age which aims to provide a set of guidance in establishing and utilizing legal identification systems for sustainable development.

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Public-private cooperation to build digital identity systems

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Today, the World Bank, Secure Identity Alliance, and GSMA have launched a joint white paper, “Digital Identity: Towards Shared Principles for Public and Private Sector Cooperation”.

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Disponible en français! 'Civil Registry Consolidation through Digital Identity Management’ report in support of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Ce rapport devrait être d' un intérêt particulier pour les organisations internationales et les organismes gouvernementaux qui sont impliqués dans la création ou la réorganisation de l'état civil et des systèmes d'identité

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'Civil Registry Consolidation through Digital Identity Management’ report in support of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This report should be of particular interest to international organizations and government agencies that are involved in the establishment or reorganization of civil registration and identity systems.

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Identity Management in 2030

By courtesy of our Government Observer Member, the National Office for Identity Data, Dutch Ministry of Interior and Kingdom relations.

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The interoperability challenges at the heart of cross-border ID discussions - Published at SDW in London - June 2015

As the appetite for developing identity-based e-government services grows, Jacques van Zijp, Board Member from Secure Identity Alliance discusses the interoperability challenges now at the heart of cross-border ID discussions.

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Identity in a Hyper Connected Mobile World - Published at Connect:ID - March 2015

Identity is going digital, and moving to the mobile. For most, this is a positive step. Identity is proliferating at an incredible rate. From the low level ‘sign-in through Facebook’ variants to high security access to, and usage of, a new range of central government and smart city services, the ability to prove who we say we are (when we’re mobile) is a strategic imperative. And It’s not just about convenience or security.

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Identity Assurance

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eID - Helping secure efficient social protection programs for communities around the globe

Presentation given by Jacques van Zijp on eID and Social Protection Programs in the Developing Countries at SDW2014 in London

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eIDAS: A Major Step Towards Digital Europe!

We have asked Guy de Felcourt, Digital Identity Strategy Advisor and Published Author, who animated the BMI-Secure Identity Alliance eIDAS Workshop to tell us why EU Regulation No.910/2014 represents a major step forward in enabling digital identity in Europe and examines the value this will deliver for member states, companies and citizens.

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Our First Anniversary: Celebrating a Year of Success; Announcing Next Milestones

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Our First Anniversary: Celebrating a Year of Success
Announcing Next Milestones

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How eID is helping secure social protection and unlocking a sustainable, empowered future for communities around the globe

This quarter, Jacques Van Zijp, Board Member of the Secure Identity Alliance looks at how eID is helping secure social protection and unlocking a sustainable, empowered future for communities around the globe.

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Welcome to the first in our series of quarterly newsletters

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the first in our series of quarterly newsletters, and our warmest wishes for the New Year!

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The trouble with weak IDs building strong identities

January 2014: This quarter, Gareth Thomas, Board Member of the Secure Identity Alliance looks at the trouble with weak IDs building strong identities


Last month Zach Klein used his Facebook profile to board a plane in the US having discovered he’d left his ID at home. News (and shock) exploded across the internet. This isn’t, of course, the security catastrophe it first appears. Or so it would seem. The U.S. Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has a policy in place that allows airlines to accept passengers without physical ID – so long as they can substantiate their identity using, for example, publically available databases. Whether FaceBook should qualify is a question for another article. But it did in this case. And it gave us an illustration of a major Identity challenge causing great and growing concern for across the world - namely, the ability for weak IDs to create strong identities. Let’s assume a less than honest individual recreated a legitimate Facebook profile, which he then used to prove his identity when applying for a driving license. Using his new license he gets a copy of the birth certificate of the legitimate Facebook user. He then has a strong identity - which he uses this to get a passport, citizenship, state benefits, unrestricted travel and so on.


LinkedIn, FaceBook and the traunch of other social services are weak IDs because they are not anchored to a legitimate identity in the first place. They are created by the user and then validated by the user’s friends or business contacts. While this may be enough for the chat room, it clearly fails to provide any form of stronger authentication or a clear point of trust that might be accepted by a bank or (as probably should be the case) an airline.


Substitute the social media starting point with another form of weak, stolen or counterfeit identity and the dangers quickly become apparent – from financial fraud through to homeland security.


The question is one of trust. Are we confident that the base identity was authorized and issued by a legitimate agency that we trust? If the answer to the question is no then we have a problem throughout the chain. Regardless of the integrity of the identity tokens from this first point on, ID will be compromised if we can’t trust the anchor.


This is a real concern for governments, of course. And not just from a national security perspective. The ability to leverage authorized identities offers opportunity across the eGorvernment sector to improve service delivery and dramatically reduce cost. Similarly, the ability to extend that identity out to the private sector – in banking, insurance and finance will accelerate fraud reduction strategies.


Added to this there are undoubted opportunities to work with the internet giants to investigate their role as identity providers (but based on this single trusted ID rather than user-generated one).


But if we’re working with identities that can be easily stolen, replicated or simply invented then it’s all at risk.


It makes perfect sense that governments play a key role in managing citizen identities in both the physical and the digital worlds - from birth, marriage and death certificates, through passports and driving licenses to national identity cards.


Of course we live in a global world. The realities of regional and international migration certainly create identity management challenges – but with global passport systems already well established mobility (and traceability) isn't the problem it once was.


Ultimately, to secure identity throughout the chain we need to begin (and trust) at the very bottom. And the Secure Identity Alliance is working with governments across the world to help them do just that.



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Accelerating the creation and deployment of e-Government services by ensuring Citizen’s Privacy, Security, Convenience and Trust

Opening keynote speech at Secure Document World 2013 by Frédéric Trojani, Chairman, Secure Identity Alliance

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eGovernment will save the public purse in excess of $50 bn per year by 2020, according to new global research from the Secure Identity Alliance.

Highlighting the continued importance of cost and citizen experience drivers, the report highlights the role of trusted digital identity in enabling effective and secure eService deployment.

And with this change come some serious issues.

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Secure Identity Alliance Welcomes Emirates ID Authority

The Secure Identity Alliance has announced that the Emirates ID Authority (EIDA) – represented by His Excellency Dr. Eng. Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, EIDA’s Director General – is joining the organization in the role of Advisory Observer.

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Secure Identity Alliance welcomes three new members

HID Global, ABnote, and Trüb join the Alliance to accelerate secure eGovernment service adoption.

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3M, Gemalto, Morpho (Safran) and Oberthur Technologies create the ‘Secure Identity Alliance’

Open, industry-wide association aims to promote Secure Digital Identity Services and convenient interoperable secure eDocuments

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