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MSc Course on Internet Technologies and Regulation: Digital Identity and Authentication (7)

With Professor Joss Wright
21 Nov 2012
With Professor Joss Wright

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog… This lecture will look at the range of centralised, federated and user-centric identity management technologies being developed and how governments and business are implementing them.

  • Who on the Internet needs to be able to verify your non-canine status?
  • How do different models of identity management impact on citizens’ privacy rights?
  • How are national identity schemes likely to evolve?

About the course

This multi-disciplinary course exposes students to basic communications and computer science materials on the core technological principles of the Internet, as well as more traditional social science materials such as public policy documents and reports as well as academic texts. In order to reinforce students’ appreciation of the importance of adopting a technologically informed approach to studying the Internet, the course covers several key policy debates such as content regulation, privacy and security and Internet governance, in each case identifying the extent to which the range of policy options is narrowed or expanded by fast-moving technological innovation, and shifts in public policy and regulation. This will, in addition, enable students to appreciate the broader implications and relevance of academic study in this field.