The development of a digital public infrastructure (DPI) is one of today’s main agendas. International forums, such as the G20, the OECD and the World Bank, are spaces for inducing and promoting themes that encourage the implementation of digital tools to improve human development, according to each of these institutions. 

One of the themes embraced by these spaces is the implementation of an DPI, especially the application of a digital identity as a fundamental module of this digital structure.

Digital identity is an essential component for the effective implementation of an DPI ecosystem, since the validation of identifiers is a mechanism that facilitates access to goods, services and rights. In this sense, it is essential to know the potential and applications of digital identity in order to map solutions enabled by the tool, as well as the risks involved and possible good practices to be implemented in the context of digital identity.

At the same time as an identification tool is one of the gateways to DPI applications, it puts a strain on various other rights in promoting a fair flow of information. The development of a digital identity framework is also part of a scenario of active participation by the private sector, the third sector and academia to develop and improve the functionalities that can make up an DPI, as well as its governance.

Therefore, by connecting digital public infrastructure, digital identity and data protection and by bringing together decision-makers, experts and organized civil society, through events, interviews and analysis, the research aims to strengthen the public sphere of debate on the subject.

To do so, this research seeks, in an exploratory way, to analyze the context of digital identity as one of the elements that make up DPI. For a digital identity to be implemented effectively and securely, it is important that fundamental rights are promoted in a way that is integrated with the implementation of digital structures and choices of information architectures.

The aim of the research is to connect actors and form a field of debate about digital identity as a component of a digital public infrastructure, seeking to broaden civic participation and the promotion of fundamental rights as a guide in the design of this important information ecosystem.