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What is the technology behind the identity verification of EU citizens in the online processes of public services?

EU citizens only need to take a selfie and capture an image of their government-issued identification (identity card, passport, driver’s license, etc.) to verify their identities online and access public services. If the system finds a match between the selfie and the person on the identity document, the user is verified and can access the service. Pretty simple, huh? But what is behind all this process? If you are wondering about the technology behind it, read on.

What does the standardisation landscape for identity management in public services looks like?

The consideration of relevant existing standards for the development of the projects’ solutions and the transfer of the projects’ results into standardisation by contributing to ongoing standardisation activities or by developing new standards offers a big opportunity for R&I projects such as IMPULSE. This post informs about the analysed standardisation landscape.

Gijón will improve the electronic identification for more than 325,000 people who use its services with the Citizen Card

With the purpose of continuing to improve, Gijón – together with 16 European organisations in the framework of the IMPULSE project – will test the incorporation of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence technologies for the identification of its citizens in public services in a safe, simple, universal, integrated way, with privacy at the core.

Expectations and opportunities for collaboration with (European) Digital Innovation Hubs in the IMPULSE project

“Modernising public administrations and services through digital means is crucial to reducing administrative burden on the private sector and on citizens in general by making their interactions with public authorities faster, more convenient and less costly, as well as by increasing the efficiency and the quality of the services provided to citizens and businesses” (European Digital Innovation Hubs in Digital Europe Programme).

Co-creating sustainable eID solutions

Implementing new electronic identity (eID) solutions for the public sector is a tough endeavour.  Public officers, technical teams, and researchers need to work together in order to solve several fundamental concerns of end users. Co-creation is a suitable approach to design solutions that respond better to those concerns, but it is far from being a “silver bullet”: There are further challenges that should be addressed to make a sustainable impact in the long term.

Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) schemes and the public sector

Electronic Identity (eID) solutions in the public sector have often suffered from low adoption, in turn retarding the development of e-government. An important question is whether SSI-style eID solutions can help to break this cycle.