Stephen Downes

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This may not seem to be related to learning technology, but if you provide billions of people outside the western world with a means to identify themselves and get paid, the ripple effects will impact every sector, including education. This article describes Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI), "interoperable platforms for digital identity, payments, and data exchange that allow governments to provide essential services to citizens." An example of this is India's the digital ID card Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique number used by 1.3 billion Indians today, that forms the basis for the unified payments interface (UPI), touted as a neutral (ie., non-western based) payment system such as the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) system.

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