MoneyNeverSleeps: Mai Santamaria | Digital Identity, Trust, Risk and Blockchain

Mai Santamaria joins me once again as guest co-host as we riff on the intersection of digital identity, digital wallets, blockchain, CBDCs, and how the political regime under which an individual lives influences your senses of trust and risk. We also blow to bits my expectation that the new EU digital identity wallet will have anything to do with blockchain, contrary to what we’re seeing with digital identity frameworks in Latin America.

Mai is one of the most helpful people I know and always has a uniquely incisive insight or two on what’s going on at the crossover of finance and emerging tech. Mai originally featured on episode 5 of MoneyNeverSleeps back in 2018, she made a cameo on our 200th episode last year, she’s a Techstars mentor, and she recently helped me make sense of the crossover of blockchain and AI in episode 241. Mai is the Head of the Financial Advisory Unit for the Department of Finance in Ireland.

In this episode, Mai and I riff on the topic of digital identity through the lens of the new European Digital Identity Wallet brought forth by the eIDAS2 legislation, and look at digital identity regimes in Latin America through the latest news on Nubank’s expansion. With the investments I’m making right now in early stage ventures in blockchain, topics like decentralization, over-centralization, and the elements of trust and risk when it comes to how individuals feel about who has access to their data are also a focal point of this conversation.


Digital ID Europe

The EU Lays The Techno-Legal Tracks For Its Rising Digital Ecosystem (Forbes, 29-Jan-24)

European Union Finalizes Digital ID Wallet Agreement, Hints at Digital Euro Integration ( News, 11-Nov-23)

Digital ID Latin America

Nubank sets sights on becoming Latin America’s biggest financial group (FT, 7-Feb-24)

Brazil rolls out blockchain-based digital ID (Cointelegraph, 30-Sep-23)

Buenos Aires to issue blockchain-based digital ID (Cointelegraph, 28-Sep-23)

Colombia is using digital ID to fight its village hackers (Biometric Update, 25-Dec-23)

Digital ID in USA

Digital ID Cards Spread Across US States With Range of New Uses (Bloomberg Law News, 13-Sep-23)


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