Phil Windley points to an interesting article he wrote in Digital ID World.
The Danish Civil Registration System was created in 1968 by digitising the contents of the manually kept municipal civil registers, and giving each citizen a civil registration number, which has since served as a unique ID number. We first went into the debates about digital ID long ago, but “burned our hands” on Big Brother talk. That was more than 15 years ago. For the past couple of years, all the debates of course have returned. The thing now is about digital signatures more than ID-cards. We are very close to finding a solution here. We’ve had a project competition, and our signature group is closing in on the winners, which should be announced by the end of this month.