Technology giant Facebook has announced that it has officially joined the ID2020 Alliance.
ID2020 is a global public-private partnership committed to shaping the future of digital identity.
The initiative aims to ensure that technologies are designed and implemented in a way that protects privacy, is user-controlled, fair and interoperable.
“ID2020 is an open and transparent alliance that is a coalition of bidders,” says Dakota Gruener, ID2020 executive director.
“We welcome partners who are sincerely committed to upholding the values and principles outlined in the ID2020 Manifesto and who share our mission to improve lives through a good digital identity.”
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Facebook to our rapidly growing community,” Gruener adds.
Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook empowers people to build community and bring the world closer together. Its services are used by billions of people around the world, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, among others.
According to the platform, Facebook is joining the ID2020 Technical Advisory Committee to learn and develop secure and privacy-centric digital identity standards.
Founded in 2016, ID2020 develops policies and standards, endorses best-in-class solutions, and advocates for the ethical development and implementation of digital identity technologies.
ID2020 is a global public private partnership established by Gavi, The Rockefeller Foundation, Accenture, Microsoft and IDEO with other high-profile members such as Mastercard and Mercy Corps. Key goals include enabling individuals to control their own digital identities, ensuring that identities are confidential and interoperable.
“Alliance partners share a commitment to a future where nearly eight billion people around the world can enjoy their basic human rights and enjoy the benefits of economic empowerment,” he says.
ID2020 launched its biggest project to date, the Good Health Pass Collaborative, in February. Putting the principles into practice, the Collaborative brought together more than 125 global companies and organizations from the health, travel and technology industries to develop open standards for digital health transitions aimed at restoring international travel and restarting the global economy. This work culminated in the release of the Good Health Transition Interoperability Plan on 12 August.
Gruener recently built an argument for immunity certifications for the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University that should leverage biometrics to alleviate privacy concerns. The organization drew attention to the growing importance of digital identity for people adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to enable the reuse of digital identity technology for digital health certificates or other recovery measures to protect individual privacy.