UCD can – over time – provide a range of online applications which government needs, and will do so in a privacy enhancing and secure way. These include enabling an individual to
- share proof of identity – from an IdP or bank – to other services providers, such as DWP when claiming universal credit, or another bank when opening a new account
- share proof age (without any unnecessary further information) when buying alcohol or accessing adult content
- build a portable personal achievement record, and share appropriate views when transitioning between learning providers or from education into employment
The first two of applications – identity and proof of age – are acknowledged as necessary by DCMS and are the subject of current or recent work; the third – i.e. the achievement record – was acknowledged as a good idea in 2019 by the then Secretary of State for Education, and has been listed as a candidate for future work in a recent report (July 2020) from the Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation (as hosted by DCMS).
The technology required for UCD is now mostly in place, and can be regarded as a variant of recent work on “self-sovereign identity”, led by companies such as Evernym. The Trust Over IP Foundation is now working – in a necessarily general way – on matters of governance etc.
What UCD contributes are coherent business, funding, and governance models – together with a credible route to scale – required for the implementation of these technologies at scale in the UK.