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The Roles of Government & The Private Sector in a Digital ID Program with Sebastian Manhart [Podcast]

Listen to this Episode about How a to Best Approach a Collaboration Between Public and Private Sectors.

Why not take the best practices from a real world National Digital ID ecosystem that is live and thriving? In today’s episode, we dive into what’s happening within the Digital ID landscape within Europe. Sebastian Manhart is very well positioned between policy and technology in the European Union. In this episode of SSI Orbit, he shares his experiences and future projections.

About Episode
During this conversation, we discuss:

  • How it all started: Estonia’s 2014 Digital ID program.
  • What’s happening in SSI within Germany today – how Germany moved from being a tech laggard to an innovator within 1 year.
  • The recent Germany & Spain announcement
  • How the Public and Private sector need to work together to achieve adoption of SSI.
  • Does overregulation kill technology progress? How are EU countries working around that?
  • Regulations in EU that are important for Digital ID (eIDAS, EBSI, GDPR).
  • The Digital Wallet Landscape and future projections.

About Guest

Sebastian is an expert in the field of Digital Identity and has advised nonprofits, businesses, and governments on how to design, implement, and scale identity programmes.
  • Advisor on Digital Identification, German Chancellery
  • Technical Consultant on Identification for Development, World Bank
  • Advisor on Public Affairs, Univercells
  • Advisor on Digital Identity, Ethics, and Risk, ID2020


Mathieu Glaude

Mathieu is the Founder and CEO of Northern Block, a Canadian-based technology provider that facilitates the commercialization of digital trust ecosystems using self-sovereign identity (SSI) technologies, standards and principles. Connect with him on LinkedIn here