People around the world unable to prove their identity.
Women in low income countries without an ID.
Children in the global south not registered at birth.
Digital Identity Toolkit
By helping citizens access social services they are entitled to, or by keeping people safe online, we know digital identities can be a force for good.
Yet many journalists, software developers, nonprofits and members of civil society struggle to understand what digital identity is, what it can be used for, and how they might benefit from having one.
Our Toolkit is designed to help everyone, everywhere find answers to these questions.
We invite three individuals per year to apply for a Fellowship position. We request proposals for research, policy development or solutions development based on three or four key themes related to identity or digital identity. We’re looking for issues that merit further exposure, discussion, development or research.
Applicants may be based anywhere, though preference is given to those from the developing world. Fellows are supported with a generous one-year stipend and receive logistical and technical support from Yoti. Click below to read more about what we learnt from the 2019 Programme.
Meet our 2019 Fellows
Our three 2019 Fellows will be focusing on issues of exclusion and human rights in South Africa, Argentina and India.
Digital Identity Fellow
Tshepo is an experienced researcher, strategist and innovator with a track record working in Africa’s small business and social enterprise sectors. He is particularly interested in the digitisation of the continent, and is a subject-matter expert in disruptive innovation.
Digital Identity Fellow
Paz is a Chilean development practitioner, researcher and activist focused on open science and technology, knowledge justice and locally-led development. Currently based in Argentina, she has worked for more than ten years in different countries and with a wide range of people – from low-income immigrants to powerful government officials.Digital Identity Fellows
Digital Identity Fellow
Subhashish is a digital storyteller, researcher, documentary filmmaker and activist working towards digital freedom for marginalised communities. For almost a decade he has led community catalyst roles for nonprofits like Wikimedia Foundation, Mozilla, Internet Society and the Centre for Internet Society.
Introducing Yoti Keys
Following a period of research, we are now working on a simple, fully offline and open-source identity solution called Yoti Keys, due for release in late 2019.
Yoti Keys give people a way of identifying themselves even if they don’t have a smartphone or official identity documents. Our offline solution helps charities and NGOs to create Yoti Keys for the people who need them the most. To talk more about our Yoti Keys solution contact the social purpose team here.
Getting started with Yoti Keys
1. Add a photo and details
Use our tablet app to take someone's photo. Add their name and any other personal details.
2. Secure the data
Ask them to choose a 5 digit PIN to protect their data.
3. Give them their Yoti Key
Their details are added to their Yoti Key, which they can use to prove their identity.
Yoti Keys help people access
Digital identity is a relatively new discipline and there is still a lot to learn.
Research efforts have picked up over recent years, but many focus on the impact of national digital identity initiatives or the impact of specific technologies on target communities. We’re interested in researching digital identity from the bottom up.
What are the local motivations for adoption, what problems need to be solved and what are the key barriers and opportunities.
Find out more about our research below.
Digital identity in the last mile: grassroots research overview
We recently commissioned research to better understand digital identity needs in the developing world. Specifically, we wanted to understand how...
Digital identity in the last mile: lessons from South East Asia
Here at Yoti, we believe in the benefits of digital identity for all. As we continue to ramp up our...
Digital identity in the last mile: lessons from Africa
Here at Yoti, we believe in the benefits of a digital identity for all. As we continue to ramp up...
Always act in the interest of our users
Encourage personal data ownership
Enable privacy and anonymity
Meet Ken Banks
Ken heads up social purpose at Yoti. He is an award-winning social entrepreneur, mobile technology and global development expert and author, a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.
In 2013 he was nominated for the TED Prize and in 2018 he was appointed Visiting Fellow at the prestigious Judge Business School in Cambridge.
You can contact Ken here.
Meet our Guardians
Yoti Guardians are influential individuals who ensure that Yoti always seeks to do the right thing, and that we are transparent about what we are doing and why.
Humans Rights and Intellectual Property Lawyer
Renata is a human rights and intellectual property lawyer, and an outspoken advocate for freedom of expression, privacy, access to information and indigenous rights.Read More
Editor In Chief at Linux Journal
As one of the first people to recognise the transformative nature of the Internet, Doc has been active and public in the tech and digital space for more than three decades.Read More
Gavin is a serial entrepreneur who has 20+ years of experience creating data-driven businesses. He was Founding CEO of the Open Data Institute and an Advisory Board Member for DECODE, an EU programme focused on giving people ownership of their personal data.Read More
Fairer future blog
Updates from the field – Tshepo’s diary entry January 2020
This is the second field diary entry from Tshepo, one of our Yoti Digital Identity Fellows. His year-long research project...
DataKind UK’s #7 Data Science and Ethics Book Club at Yoti
Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting the seventh Data Science and Ethics Book Club, organised by our friends...
Digital ID, smart ID and identity in South Africa
This is the first field diary entry from Tshepo, one of our Yoti Digital Identity Fellows. His year-long research project...
As technology continues to open opportunities for people everywhere to find solutions to global development problems, innovation challenges have become an increasingly popular way to gather new ideas.
We run targeted challenges, with an offer of cash prizes and technical support, to help local innovators develop solutions to identity-based problems identified in their own communities. Keep an eye out for news on our upcoming challenges.
Keeping you safe
Not only are we committed to providing an identity to those who need it, we also use our technology to help make the Internet a safer place. We have partnered with Yubo to protect millions of users online using our revolutionary age estimation technology, ensuring users are not underaged, or overaged when using their social network.
We're a certified B Corp
We’re also passionate about using our business as a force for good. We have been a certified B Corp since 2015, internationally awarded for our commitment to rigorous standards of social, environmental performance, accountability and transparency.