21st century identity

My opinion piece for Computer Weekly – implementing a 21st century approach to digital identity – has been published this morning.

It sets out a new, modern approach – one that embraces identity as a means of personal empowerment rather than state or corporate control.

It looks at how the current trust model around identity – based largely on passports and other government-assured information – can be extended into the digital domain, while improving individuals’ security and privacy. It supplements my recent more detailed review of UK work on the elusive pursuit of outsourced digital identity.

I think there’s a real opportunity here for the UK to do something innovative, showing that technology can be designed and used for good, to enhance and promote the values of democracy, freedom, and privacy rather than to undermine them.

Whether the political appetite is there to do this of course remains to be seen.

UPDATE

You can now read this PDF version of my original Computer Weekly article.

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