Good Digital Identity: The Case of Aadhaar in India


Siddhartha Jain (IIIT Hyderabad)
Nimmi Rangaswamy (IIIT Hyderabad)

Session: 1.2A: Development and economics

Abstract: The attempt to enroll citizens under the umbrella of effective governance is being accomplished by bringing digitization to the pedestal of identity. The paper unfolds the story of India’s biometric based digital identity programme, Aadhaar, in fulfilling its goals of facilitating national security, financial inclusion and entitlement delivery. Using the socio-technical framework of ‘Good ID’, a user-centric approach to digital identity, we critique the intricacies of the design of Aadhaar as a bridge between citizen beneficiaries and the government and propose suggestions to forward the case of Aadhaar as ‘good’ digital ID.