Governance Models for Interoperable Electronic Identities

Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology (JICTL), Forthcoming

University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2011-37

22 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2011

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Tobias Mahler

University of Oslo - Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law

Abstract

Current implementations of electronic identity in Europe are rather diverse; they include state-driven identity management frameworks as well as private sector frameworks and different forms of public-private collaborations. This diversity may represent a major challenge for the deployment of information society services addressed towards the European internal market. This raises the question: How can we achieve interoperability of electronic identities across Europe, and potentially beyond Europe’s borders? This paper argues that the interoperability of electronic identity could be governed by a multi-stakeholder governance framework that brings together different parties with interests in the provision and use of electronic identities. Such a governance framework could, for example, consist in designing and operating a portal with common functionalities that allows interoperable authentication across multiple domains and contexts. Inspiration for the governance of such a portal could come both from existing successful implementations of electronic identity and from multi-stakeholder institutions that have proven useful in Internet governance.

Keywords: electronic identity, internet governance, competition, Europe

Suggested Citation

Mahler, Tobias, Governance Models for Interoperable Electronic Identities. Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology (JICTL), Forthcoming; University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2011-37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1964311

Tobias Mahler (Contact Author)

University of Oslo - Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law ( email )

St. Olavsplass 5
Oslo, Oslo 0130
Norway

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