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50 Countries Eager to Embrace Electronic Public Goods, Says Nandan Nilekani

Portability, mobility and choice are key to making digital public goods developed in India available in other countries, said Nandan Nilekani, co-founder and president of Infosys Technologies.

Nilekani was virtually addressing Uppsala University in Sweden. “Portability is important in two ways. One, people are mobile. Bank account mobility and digital ID mobility from anywhere is important,” he said in response to a question on the replication of Indian services in other countries. “Similarly, portability gives choice. One can go to any bank and use their Aadhaar number. So portability, mobility and choice are very important in designing public goods and making them user-friendly,” said Nilekani said.

He said Co-Develop, a non-profit organization funded by the Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Media Foundation was working in this direction in a philanthropic way to bring these digital public goods to other countries.

He also mentioned the MOSIP (Modular Open-Source Identity Project), an Aadhaar-like platform developed by the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Bengaluru that was used in Morocco, Africa, the Philippines and in Asia.

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