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Mark Straub · 25 April 2019
A country of 1.3M people built an ID system called “e-Estonia” that enables secure, electronic voting from home and allows even non-citizens to become e-citizens in order to incorporate new companies and bank accounts in Estonia.
Mark Straub · 4 March 2019
What makes an identity system “good?”. Digital identity is simultaneously becoming a hot topic in the global development community and in high technology circles — a rare coincidence.
Mark Straub · 18 February 2019
Following a global trend in venture activity, much of the investment into Africa has been into “Fintech.” In 2017, Fintech startups took home nearly a third of all African venture funding.
Mark Straub · 12 February 2019
As we’re building Smile Identity, I am often asked why we focus on markets outside the United States when identity and security are now such big topics in the U.S.
Mark Straub · 11 February 2019
As we get further into 2019, we’ll take a look at Africa’s Fintech sector, which is experiencing some of the fastest growth. We’ll cover the specific problems that leading fintechs are solving and how #digital identity, #GoodID and #KYC are key enablers of the financial inclusion behind Africa’s growth.
Mark Straub · 13 August 2018
Face recognition, fast enveloping life in China through CCTV cameras tied to government “social credit” systems which rank citizens based on their behavior, is only now receiving scrutiny from Americans and others. We are just waking up to the possibilities — powerful and sometimes frightening — that widely deployed face recognition can have.