This new report examines the digital society plans of eight Asia Pacific countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, and Thailand. While these markets vary considerably in terms of focus, outlook, and level of technology integration; there are general guidelines to consider when building a national digital agenda. Connectivity is a recognised precondition for a digital society, while the adoption of digital identities is another.
Digital identity is a priority in countries as it represents a primary source of identification and an opportunity to foster digital, financial and social inclusion. Digital identity can also transform traditional commerce and services into more efficient and convenient e-commerce and e-services in these countries.
Across all economies, there is a need for governments, private sector players and mobile operators to support a digital identity framework that is designed with privacy and security safeguards to gain citizens’ trust and ensure that data flows are not unduly impaired.