Sailing and Digital Identity in Europe

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This summer of 2021 is the right time to reread Zygmunt Bauman for our digital journey:

“Love does not find its meaning in the yearning for things already done, completed and finished, but in the impulse to participate in the construction of those things. Love is very close to transcendence; it is just another name of creative impulse, and, therefore, it is fraught with risks, since all creation is always ignorant of what its final product will be.”

When we sail the wind is the only motor we have. The wind is not constant, neither in its direction nor in its intensity. Adjusting the course sometimes implies turning or jibing. The importance of understanding and knowing how to perform these maneuvers is transcendent. The correct execution of each one of them makes us feel safer every time we go sailing, so we practice them frequently to not hesitate to execute them if the situation gets complicated.

With a priority direction in the development of a global digital economy, the application of AI in identity verification processes is one of the most promising fields, where the contribution of agility, scalability, and security should allow the development of a series of new habits, and the creation of a plural digital culture, because of the sum of the conscious contribution of multiple people.

On June 3, 2021, the European Commission presented the reform of the eIDAS Regulation (electronic IDentification, Authentication and trust Services) that corresponds to Regulation (EU) No. 910/2014 of the Parliament and European Council of July 23, 2014.

The proposal considers that in the last 7 years, the evolution of information systems has been exponential, and that good learning has been carried out on the use of the regulation of the simple electronic signature, advanced and qualified electronic signature, the issuance of qualified certificates and online trust services.

The relevance of this proposal follows the European strategic objective to develop digital products and services based on achieving a constructive balance between the geopolitical need for governance, robustness, security and resilience of information systems and the reinforcement of privacy, protection of data.

This balance requires the adjustment between the speed of implementation of the innovation in software and hardware, with the review and accommodation of the legal-legal framework. Speed ​​involves all industrial and service sectors, public and private, and requires that the steps of identification, authentication, and authorization for the use of digital products and services are present in the consciousness of all users of mobile or web applications, or of digital things.

A joint creative impulse and the industrial digital policies.

Currently the information or disclosure on how commercial profiling is carried out in a massive way thanks to the advancement of AI, is unclear for many of its users, and although the general data protection regulation (GDPR) is present, its application constantly creates controversy in the balance of some organizations between the cost of the digital architecture review, the commercial benefits, and the penalty for non-compliance.

Like an unexpected wind, the discovery of ethically questionable behaviors has started a trend followed by many citizens who already avoid using digital services for fear of potential threats to their privacy or manipulation due to the toxicity of consumption or replication of false information. But this fear-based wind may steer this sailboat into an unwanted port, the advancement of the digital gap. A gap that isolates and destroys opportunities to improve knowledge and quality of life.

And collaterally, we could get into a controversial spiral in which, with fewer users, the lower the quality of profiling due to fewer diverse data and consequently increased bias and unreliability of the system and in the case of systems experts a potential decision-making based only on a part of the world population.

Therefore, it is urgent to jibe towards a clear proposal that guarantees a technological development encouraging the awareness and responsibility of the user regarding the custody and exchange of their identity data. Information and communication technology professionals are committed to providing structure, solidity, and resilience to software applications for a safe and efficient use of hardware that is also under development, ensuring that the source and treatment of data is reliable, diverse and avoid exponential multiplication of a bias error.

Citizens of member countries, using a national digital ID recognized throughout Europe, can share electronic documents when they need digital services.

With this direction, the user of the services will be the owner of the container of the attributes of their digital identity, the digital wallet. This, like its physical equivalent, will have a design that will guarantee a practicality, an order, and with its intangible digital nature, a security for the value it contains and to allow the use of its attributes depending on the digital services to those to access. These digital services will be activated with the obtaining / verification of these attributes.

The model goes beyond the highly necessary digital signature used in relevant digital exchanges. The future design of smart contracts combined with AI engines will allow this activation of digital services frictionless for the user, guaranteeing privacy and autonomy of choice and action to the owner of the attributes.

Thus, several high innovation elements arise, in the creation of digital wallets and the custody of credentials, in the collaboration between public and private multiple sectors for the definition of the formats of the various attributes and representative actions to carry on in multi-channel and multimedia environments, where authentication and authorization can be developed in custom voice assistants, and ultra-high-resolution images with AI privacy assurance designs.

This is the era of convergence and evolution of blockchain with AI and IoT. Using decentralized networks, the learning models can be trained locally in various countries, and only the enhancements can be combined in the cloud without exchange of sensitive data and aggregated into a global model that can be refined with updates. This architecture would make it possible to democratize data privacy without renouncing to the power of AI, gaining balance in the jibe maneuver.

Since June 3, we continue this journey in the era of liquid love, with the opportunity to develop a more balanced and sustainable world in wealth and health that could begin with the development of industrial policies in Europe encouraging the economy within the framework of the Digital Identity based on fundamental ethical values, and on the joint creative impulse of functional, digital, and legal knowledge that liquidly minimize the risks in jibe, as good navigators.