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This is a two-part series which reflects on how proper data collection and usage can improve government performance, drive effective policy, encourage foreign investment and deliver sound results. We hope to start a conversation among stakeholders looking to build a strong and integrated open data community on the continent.

The world is a global village. The permeation of digitization, connectivity and the rapid advancements in technology has changed the global economy forever. It has revolutionized the generation and consumption of data in ways one cannot begin to quantify. The rise in the availability of data and sheer serviceability of data-driven insights has led to an inevitable data economy based on the generation of value using data that has been sourced via various means. A data economy is, simply put, a digital ecosystem in which data is organized and exchanged for the value that those in this ecosystem stand to gain. …

This is the second part of the two-part Identity Series. It narrows in on Nigeria’s part to play in fortifying personal data and suggests what can be done towards identity management.

In the physical world, identity and identity protection are proving to be very important, especially since governments are seeing how useful data can be in solving problems. Nigeria has taken advantage of this regarding the steps they have taken in its banking, identification and immigration sectors which have been introduced into mainstream usage. For biometrics to take full effect and provide the level of protection that is needed for its citizens to feel safe, there will need to be an almost impenetrable database that the owners of the identities can trust in. We are not far from this future. …

In June 2019, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the Ministry of Home Affairs, of the Republic of South Africa hosted the 5th Annual Meeting of the ID4Africa Movement (ID4Africa 2019) in Johannesburg. The discussions held have prompted this two-part series as we discuss identity and identity management. Here we detail the different forms that can be collected for verification and information storage and, suggest the best possible means for identity management in the nearest future. You can find all materials from the conference here.

Physical and digital identities are getting more and more connected to one another and this has demanded that the future of identity must be a highly distinguishable factor. According to Philip Andreae, Founder and Principal Consultant of Philip Andreae & Associates, digital identity is how we as consumers, employees and citizens identify ourselves in cyberspace i.e. that which is given to persons in form of usernames or user identification numbers. Organisations, governments and enterprises have, in turn, taken advantage of this information to create more functional uses of digital identity, such as creating personalised customer experiences and facilitating greater ease-of-use. This concept is known as Personal Data or Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and it is what makes use of digital identity and helps to accurately distinguish and trace individuals’ identities and can assist with reducing the risk of fraud. …


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