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On the sociopolitical configurations of digital identity principles

Whitley, Edgar A. ORCID: 0000-0003-1779-0814 and Schoemaker, Emrys (2022) On the sociopolitical configurations of digital identity principles. Data & Policy, 4. ISSN 2632-3249

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Identification Number: 10.1017/dap.2022.30


Digital identity systems are not devised for their own sake, rather they are developed by institutions as part of their pursuit of specific goals—such as economic, social, and developmental outcomes through enabling individual rights and facilitating access to basic services and entitlements. A growing number of organizations and institutions are advancing specific principles, frameworks, and “imaginaries” of what “good” digital identity looks like—yet it is often not clear how much influence they have or what their underlying worldview is to those designing, developing, and deploying these systems. This paper introduces sociopolitical configurations as a means of studying these underlying worldviews. Sociopolitical configurations combine elements from technological frames, expectations, and imaginations as well as developmental discourses to provide a basis for critically examining three key documents in this space.

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Divisions: Management
Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2022 09:03
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 04:03

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