Digital ID helping Ukraine crowdsource military intelligence

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

Ukraine’s three-year-old digital ID system became an unlikely source of military intelligence in the nation’s defence against Russia, while far older tech has also proven more resilient than anticipated, the country’s ambassador to Australia said on Thursday.

Speaking at the launch of the Capability Papers in Canberra, Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko said around 70 per cent of his citizens now have the digital ID app called Diia.

Developed with a startup mentality and focused on user experience, uptake of Diia was quick, with 2 million Ukrainians signing up within eight hours of its launch in 2019. The app allows citizens to hold documents like passports, tax IDs and drivers licence, and access services like a free bus fare for students.

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