Today: Amena is a 15 year old Syrian refugee living in Eleonas, a refugee camp outside of Athens. She had no ID when she arrived. Though not uncommon, this has complicated her interactions with a variety of government agencies and aid organizations.
Coming Soon: With Holo, upon arrival in Eleonas, she could be given a Identity with Dignity (IDwD) smart card that she could use to begin using applications and controlling her own digital records. These could include credentials created as she moves through steps in a government immigration process, records from doctor visits, school achievements and more. For example, when Amena attends school, she can add copies of her classes and grades to her own online records. Each would be cryptographically signed by a teacher or administrator. Later, if she moves to a different camp, or is accepted into a host country, she will be able to share her school records directly with administrators, who will be able to confirm that the grades were signed by her school in Eleonas through any web browser. The hosts that support web access to refugee controlled records may choose to donate processing power, or could be compensated by the government overseeing the camp for helping support IDwD.
Vision: Our ability to control what we share and who we share it with is critical for privacy and agency. By making it not only possible, but easy for each of us to carry claims from our past into new interactions, we improve our ability to build relationships with our fellow community members without compromising our dignity – and this in turn may enable much more fluid and thriving forms of community.