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Centre proposes an integrated digital identification system, invites citizen feedback

The Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology (MeitY) has produced an initial draft on India Digital Ecosystem Architecture 2.0, or InDEA 2.0, and has requested public feedback on it. The government wants to achieve Federated Digital Identities with InDEA 2.0.

AADHAAR NOT SUFFICIENT: GOVT

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The government argues in the preliminary report that digital identification is critical in enabling citizens to answer the first question posed in every engagement with a public or commercial organisation: “Who are you?” This question was formerly answered using an Aadhaar card, but the government claims that it is no longer adequate.

The steering committee that issued the draft version is chaired by former MeitY secretary J Satyanaraya and co-chaired by current secretary Ajay P Sawhney.

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FEDERATED DIGITAL IDENTITIES

According to the paper, InDEA 2.0 presents a Federated Digital Identities model that aims to reduce the number of digital identities that a person need. The model empowers the citizen by giving her authority over these identities and allowing her to choose which one to employ for whatever reason. It empowers citizens and preserves their privacy by design. The same principle applies to entities; the architecture is broad enough to support an identity ecosystem for entities as well.

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According to the paper, the Centre intends to establish three types of digital registries: Digital Identity, Digital Assets, and Digital Transactions.

As government platforms across domains are digitised, the identification ecosystem will make it easier for people. The tendency to generate numerous IDs, each with its card, management, and so on, will be reduced.

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Finally, the proposed study advises that all government ID providers investigate the feasibility of forming an ID alliance to promote coherence, interoperability, and reuse while putting individuals’ choice, convenience, and control at the forefront.

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