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Identity, Technology and the Public Interest: New Directions for Research and Public Policy

Date & Time:
14:00:00 - 17:00:00,
Monday 17 January, 2005


ID cards, biometrics and other technologies for collecting and managing information about the identity of individuals raise many issues for policy and practice. This joint ippr-OII forum will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to discuss some of the most recent developments in research and public policy.

The agenda is designed to stimulate and inform debate and help build a community of people with an interest in tying research to policy and practice in this critical area.





Welcome and Introduction: William Dutton


Understanding Digital Identity

Chair: Helen Margetts

Panellists: Miriam Lips, John Taylor and Stefaan Verhulst

This panel will introduce a new OII project on identity management supported by a grant from the e-Society Programme of the Economic and Social Research Council. Panellists will discuss this research in light of the lessons learned from a major effort organized by the Markle Foundation in the US to join research and policy on identity technology as applied in the areas of national security and healthcare.




The Limits of Identity Cards

Chair: Will Davies

Panellists: Andrew Pinder, Mathew Kabatoff, Steve Smith and Richard Allan

Forming part of the ippr’s current project, ‘A Manifesto for a Digital Britain’, this panel session will look at the political and public implications of the British Government’s plans to introduce a national identity card scheme, including the significance of the three proposed biometrics, the challenge of authentication in e-government, and the precise functions that an ID card will and won’t be able to perform.



This event is a collaboration with the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr).


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  • Professor William H. Dutton,Professor Miriam Lips,Professor John Taylor,Richard Allan
  • Name: Professor William H. Dutton|Professor Miriam Lips|Professor John Taylor|Richard Allan|Andrew Pinder CBE|Will Davies|Matthew Kabatoff|Steve Smith|Stefaan Verhulst
  • Affiliation: Director, OII|OII|OII|MP|Independent Consultant and Former e-Envoy|IPPR|Goldsmiths College|Steria|Markle Foundation
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