Last year, the Kenyan government introduced a digital ID initiative that threatened to entrench the exclusion of 5 million Muslims from society.
A new article in WIRED tells the story of how together, legal empowerment—many of who are members of our network—and the affected communities challenged the discriminatory scheme. And won, at least for now.
Dozens of countries with discriminatory regimes are currently exploring a transition to digital identity. This essay shows how legal empowerment efforts—like those in Kenya—can shift the focus from technology to equality.
We’d love to hear your reflections. What do you see the potentials and hurdles of using a legal empowerment approach to tackle discriminatory government initiatives, be them for digital ID or otherwise? What else needs to be done to prevent the uptake of exclusionary digital ID systems around the world?
Share your opinions and questions below. Change starts with discussion!