The ADI Association

Accountable Digital Identity (ADI) creates a trusted and portable digital identity bound to a verified person that enables accountable access to multiple digital services from governments, financial institutions, and healthcare providers through digital wallets in smart phones and devices. With ADI, users save time creating identities, businesses save money managing credentials, and everyone’s private data is better protected from fraud. 


The ADI Association is committed to developing an inclusive, interoperable ecosystem for digital identity that empowers people by giving them control of their digital identity data in a privacy-preserving, distributed, secure, and verifiable way.


The ADI Association (the “Association”) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation and promotion of a new and better worldwide system for creating, managing, and utilizing digital identity and sharing personal information. The Association will achieve this by creating a global coalition of public and private organizations for the purpose of advancing a new interoperable specification for digital identity through the implementation of the ADIA specification.

The ADIA Specification is built on privacy-by-design principles while providing strong authentication, secure data sharing, and a range of identity services, including the capacity for consent-based participant accountability. The ADIA Specification is easy to incorporate into existing identity management systems, incorporate KYC and FIDO processes, be interoperable with other decentralized identity systems, and, above all, be easy to adopt and use by participants, including those without access to data-enabled devices.

Our Values

Trust & Accountability

Trust and accountability are fundamental necessities for a functioning business and society. These can be generated within a distributed ecosystem through consent-based identity escrow services.


The ADI Association recognizes the critical importance of interoperability to the success of its specification and to the widespread adoption of verifiable credentials.

Trusted Onboarding

The ADI Association believes that the users should be onboarded by a trusted issuer after robust identity verification, providing the strong assurance needed by businesses and organizations.


ADI Association is working to close the digital identity divide between those with the means to access digital identity and those without. Technologies, processes, and governance must enable the fullest possible participation by everyone.

Community Driven

The ADI Association is committed to supporting the work of the identity community and its standards organizations wherever possible. The ADI Association Specification is open for the community to adopt and expand.


The ADI Association is committed to reflecting the universality of identity by developing and recruiting a diverse organization and board, as well as nurturing an environment in which diversity can flourish.

Organizational Culture

The ADI Association is committed to creating a collaborative, consultative, and inclusive work culture that respects and reflects the diversity of its membership.

Advocacy and Education

The ADI Association is committed to advocating for decentralized identity and educating people about its benefits.

The ADIA Specification is the identity management innovation that you’ve been waiting for!

The Accountable Digital Identity Association (ADI Association) is an open industry association created to drive the development of a standardized, interoperable framework for decentralized identity services to ensure the authenticity of, and to establish trust in, digital identities.

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