Equal access to education and work - The Asylum Pass by TiiQu Case Study
Upon the time, ancient trust mechanisms based on network and reputation across the community have been replaced where possible by paper-certificates. In increasingly complex societies, paper-certificates embedded information about the identity, education, or other conditions of individuals, allowing people, who did not know each other, to trust one's identity and provide access to rights, or opportunities.
Being able to give evidence or having a network that somehow validates the credibility of elements, like identity, knowledge, ownership, or membership, generates trust, which is the prerequisite to have credit within any society.
Displaced people, such as refugees, do not often have paper-certificates, neither they have a network supporting their claims. Consequently, they face enormous issues regarding the trustworthiness of their claims. Prejudice has a dangerous outcome in any context. However, when entire groups of individuals within a society have little chance to reverse their stigma, it can quickly drive to societal divides and economic slowdown of entire countries. Technology can act as a game-changer. Traditional proofs can disappear to be replaced by portable digital credentials, not modifiable by their owner, securely verifiable by anyone and privacy-by-design compliant as the credential owner can choose what information to disclose towards third parties.