FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WISeKey Commitment, Increasing Digital Connectivity for the Poor at the Clinton Global Initiative
New-York, 22 September 2014 – Back in 2006, WISeKey pledged to provide digital identity management and the necessary transaction platform to increase the digital connectivity for the poor. WISeKey is this week in New York at the CGI Annual Meeting reporting on the progress made on this project over the last 8 years. Unlimited Internet surfing and email are privileges few can afford today, equality in access to the Internet via secure trusted communications is a matter of human rights, economic empowerment and poverty reduction.
We will have 2.7 billion Internet users connected at the end of 2014, Carlos Moreira, Founder of WISeKey and former United Nations Experts on technologies, said. In addition, digital identification and mobile broadband reached more than 1 billion users, while the use of fixed broadband was estimated at 600 million subscriptions. Global communications are now faster and easier than ever and via secure Internet connections we will be able to provide healthcare and e-learning for poor people in remote areas. We have now concrete evidences that mobile technologies are empowering millions of poor people in developing countries, creating entrepreneurial opportunities.
WISeKey, in cooperation with the International Organization for Secure Transactions Foundation (OISTE.org), committed to the CGI to provide a Digital Identification Infrastructure designed to support a network of 20,000 Identification Authorities worldwide with the objective to issue a billion digital identities. Each of these 20,000 Identification Authorities operating from 189 countries will be authorized to issue WISeID Digital Identities locally.
WISeID helps individuals protect their personal identifiable information (PII) when they connect to the Internet, data which contains the unique identity, contact, and location details that can be traced back to a single person. The personal data in WISeID is stored securely. The WISeID system was designed as a set of online tools intended to empower people with secure and private digital identification, trusted so as to enable transactional application.
WISeKey, together with the OISTE Foundation, has committed “to reduce the gap between the new Digital Identification Divide in less developed countries and emerging economies by creating the infrastructure that will make a de-facto global digital identity community of 1 billion digital identity users while providing equitable and meaningful access to digital information technology,” including trusted services on the cloud.
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