Digital identities

Digital identities refer to the identification of people using digital information. Your digital identity can be self created (e.g. social media networks), created by service providers (e.g. mobile network operators who issue unique mobile phone numbers to subscribers), or issued by your government.

Government issued digital identities are also one’s legal identity. A legal identity, typically in the form of passports, birth certificates, and national identity cards, is the recognition of an individual by the state. A legal identity affords you access to services offered by the government and private providers; for example, travel, bank accounts, and educational opportunities.

The main driver for digital ID globally is the aspiration to account for every person in line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs). An indicator for SDG 16.9 is to issue a legal identity to every person by 2030. 

Our Experts

Ms Grace Mutung'u

Associate at the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)

Ms Grace Mutung’u researches ICT policy in Kenya and Africa, specialising in digital rights, governance, and development. She is an associate at the Kenya ICT Action Network where she carries out ICT policy research and advocacy. Grace is an alumna of DiploFoundation’s Internet governance capacity building courses and holds a Master’s of