Pandora’s box in smartphone or Ukraine’s digital dream?

Digitalisation has transformed the way we live and has enabled a new-look globalisation of economic and cultural integration of nations on a worldwide scale.

The launch of Diia application took place on February 6, 2020 and it is planned that by 2024, all of public services will be available online.

Ukraine has become the first country in the world where digital passports will have the same legal power as paper ones.

The Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov announced on his Telegram channel on March 30, 2021.

Biometric passport or ID-card in Diia will become a complete analogue of paper or plastic documents at the legislative level from August 23, 2021.

Passport is a secure document which difficult to copy or use it by someone other than the owner. Phone and email are convenient to use to distinguish one person from another, but can they be used as identifiers?

Identification is not just an identity card, a mobile phone, a paper document or a digital signature. Identification occurs when a person has an “artifact” that is very difficult to copy.

Passwords, digital signatures and keys identify the device, not the person.

Storing passwords and keys in a smartphone is not secure, because it can be easily hacked.

When all the information is combined into a common register, new risks arise. This makes it easier for attackers to get all the information they need, rather than looking it up in different registers.

Digital copies of passports, digital signatures and databases can be obtained from unprotected devices of users, as well as from irresponsible and corrupt officials.

Definitely, secure digital technologies open up unique opportunities for economic development and improving the quality of life and we can’t forget that technology must work for the good of citizens.

When the secure digital transformation becomes the basis of society, business and government agencies, taking into consideration as a commonplace and everyday phenomenon, a key agenda will on the path to prosperity and well-being of Ukraine.

Pavlo Kryvenko

Head of AI and Cyber Security Section

He has been working as a Head of the Information and Cyber Security Section, Coordinator of the Artificial Intelligence Platform at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine). Pavlo is the Founder of GODDL company.

He has worked as a member of the delegation of the Communication Administration of Ukraine at the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, Switzerland), as a Cyber Security Consultant at the Bar Association Defendo Capital (Kyiv, Ukraine).

Pavlo has collaborated with the National Communications and Informatization Regulatory Commission and the Ukrainian State Radio Frequency Center for International Frequency Coordination.

He studied at the Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv International University (Ukraine), the Joint Frequency Management Center of the US European Command, the LS telcom AG Training Center (Grafenwöhr, Germany), the UN International Peacekeeping and Security Center (Kyiv, Ukraine).

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