Why do we refuse ID-cards...but love our customer loyalty programs?
Why are we concerned about electronic patient files…..but share many personal details on Facebook?
Which taboos and desires will inform our responses to future technologies of identification and authentication?
In this multidisciplinary, comparative research project, we examine popular, policy and professional expectations about identity management in the near future.
In the first year of the project we have examined how these expectations are represented in specific scenarios. Click the ‘scenario link’ in the upper menu to access our analysis.
In the coming year, we will discuss these scenarios intensively with members of the public in order to map and understand their desires and taboos. The results will be beneficial to government, commercial and civic stakeholders in the UK and the US.
Our research was selected as a Big Idea for the Future, by the Research Councils and the Universities of the UK, in 2011. This involves research that is expected to have ‘a profound impact on our future.’
During 2012/13 we are launching an international design competition aimed at both students and professionals. The aim of the design competition will be to create pleasurable and desirable identity management experiences through for example new products, services and technologies. Click here to find out more
Professor Liesbet van Zoonen holds the chair in Media and Communications at Loughborough University, UK. She is also a part-time professor in Popular Culture at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. For more than 20 years she worked at the University of Amsterdam, most recently as head of the Department of Communication. She also held various positions at other universities in the world, most notably as professor II at Oslo University, and as visiting professor at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) and the Hochschüle für Film und Fernsehen (Germany).Her research covers a wide range of issues in the social sciences, but all concern the question whether and how popular culture is a relevant resource for civic understanding and social participation. She is the co-director of the Loughborough Communication Research Centre, which brings together internationally leading researchers of communication studies, with expertise ranging from discourse and social interaction to culture and media.
Dr Sandra Wilson is an active contemporary jewellery designer/maker, researcher and educator at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, part of the University of Dundee. Her work is inspired by living systems and is highly collaborative working with different disciplines for example life scientists, anthropologists, and psychologists. Central to her jewellery is the potential for the wearer to personalise pieces through their interaction with them. This innovative approach has won awards from the Scottish Arts Council, the Audi Foundation for Innovation, and the British European Designers Group. Work is also in the collection of HRH Princess Anne. Previous research projects have included Pulse: The Stuff of Life (Scottish Arts Council), Evoke: The Meaning of Jewellery in the Digital Age (AHRC), and Tempting Fate: Jewellery & Superstition (Carnegie Trust). On IMprints Sandra is responsible for providing the art & design perspective of future technologies, services and practices and organising the international design competition.
Professor Pam Briggs holds a Chair in Applied Psychology, delivering innovative research and consultancy in computer-mediated communication and seeking answers to three main questions: What makes us trust an electronic message? Why and when do we feel secure in disclosing sensitive information about ourselves? What types of privacy do we seek to protect? In the last five years, Pam has published over forty articles on human perceptions of trust, privacy and security in computer-mediated communication and has recently developed, with colleagues, an innovative model of health advice-seeking online (ESRC funded). She has given a number of invited addresses on online trust and e-health, including presentations to the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing and e-marketing summits in 2008, the opening address at the Second International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (Canada) and a keynote at the 2010 IFIP Trust Management conference in Morioka, Japan.
Professor Aletta Norval is Reader in Political Theory and Director of the PhD Programme in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She is also Co-Director of the Centre for Theoretical Studies in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the processes that inform and sustain political identity formation, and she is a specialist in the analysis of political discourses. Her work is internationally recognised. She is frequently invited to teach abroad on her topics of research, most recently in Denmark and New Zealand. She is a regular contributor to the Essex Summer School in Data Analysis, and brings expertise in the analysis of political discourses through qualitative methods to the project. She has published widely and has been successful in obtaining external funding from the ESRC and the Leverhulme Foundation for her research.
Lisa has recently completed a PhD exploring the perceptions of Location-Based Services, refining a theoretical model to predict intentions to use this emerging technology. Her research also included the perspectives of diverse user groups within the local community to better understand how people feel about privacy and security when using technology which can identify them. She completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Sheffield, and an MSc in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey before joining the Psychology and Communication Technology (PaCT) research group at Northumbria University in 2008. She has written papers for NordiCHI 2010, BritishHCI 2011, and presented her work at various events across the North East. She is now a senior researcher in PaCT.
Elpida holds a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics & Business. Elpida is studying the discursive framing of socio-political imageries regarding technological innovation in public administration. She particularly focuses on semi-periphery countries such as Greece. In her doctoral thesis, she studied the way Greek political parties framed ICT innovation in their political debates over the implementation of the taxation information system (TAXIS). Elpida has worked in several IST research projects in the context of Framework Programmes V & VI. Most notably in GUIDE - Creating a European Identity Management Architecture for eGovernment (IST2003-507495) where she studied, comparatively, the introduction of identity management systems for e-Government services in the public administrations of EU member-states. Before joining the Department of Government at the University of Essex, Elpida was A.C. Laskaridis Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory, European Institute, LSE.
Lilia has recently finished a PhD studying the visual image and interaction of avatars in Virtual Communities in the Internet. Her research interests include Virtual Ethnography, cross cultural studies and marketing in cyberworlds. She has a BA degree in Graphic Design and an MPhil in 2D/3D Motion Graphics and has presented the outcomes of her research at several national and international conferences. She is currently working within the art & design perspectives for the project.
Dougie Kinnear is a jeweller whose work challenges the traditional role of jewellery. Communication with others or the wearers’ environment through hidden and unobtrusive technology is a key component, creating a new dimension of interactive wearable. As well as traditional hand skills he also utilises CAD techniques and rapid prototyping technology in his design process. He has a particular interest in designing wearables that have positive societal benefits and is a great believer in participatory design. His undergraduate final year work saw him create a new medical alert jewellery service concept that addressed concerns raised by the stakeholders of current medical alert jewellery. He teaches in a part-time capacity at The Adam Smith College in Fife and has been commissioned by the college on a number of occasions to make jewellery for visiting dignitaries including former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
In 2010, Georgina completed a PhD in Communication and Media Studies, looking at the ways in which a magazine (re)constructs an identity for itself and for its readers, and the kinds of inclusion and exclusion that this entails. She has published and presented aspects of this work in journals such as Journalism Studies and at several international conferences. Her principle research interest is media representation. She has a BA in Journalism Studies from the University of Sheffield and previously worked as a full-time journalist with guardian.co.uk. Since completing her PhD she has been teaching in CMS at Loughborough University, as well as working as a freelance journalist, and joins the Imprints team as Research Associate to Professor Liesbet van Zoonen, focusing on popular culture and audience responses.