Editorial: Identity and Privacy Governance

Frontiers in Blockchain 2021

2 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2021

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Andrej Zwitter

Campus Fryslân

Oskar Josef Gstrein

University of Groningen - Campus Fryslân; Europa-Institut, Saarland University

Date Written: August 06, 2021


The design and management of digital identity is a complex challenge. On the one hand, it requires a clear understanding of the parameters that are involved in identity management. On the other hand, it requires the cooperation of many stakeholders. In particular, this involves those public authorities and private organisations that need to be aligned to define technical standards, develop identification infrastructures and maintain them. A shared understanding of fundamental concepts that define identity in the digital age is then a prerequisite. Such a complimentary reflection and evaluation of what the emergence of distributed-ledger technologies means from the perspectives of human rights, human dignity, as well as individual and collective autonomy are essential to ensure their use for good purposes. While technical capabilities are important, they are increasingly insufficient without guiding theoretical frameworks. Sound governance mechanisms which respect, protect and promote human rights such as privacy are equally essential. The COVID-19 pandemic has only further increased the desire to use data to understand and manage our societies (Zwitter and Gstrein, 2020), which also increases the degree to which we are defined through data and our access to digital services.

Keywords: Digital Identity, Governance, Data Protection, Privacy, Human Dignity, Blockchain for God

Suggested Citation

Zwitter, Andrej and Gstrein, Oskar Josef, Editorial: Identity and Privacy Governance (August 06, 2021). Frontiers in Blockchain 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3906511

Andrej Zwitter

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Oskar Josef Gstrein (Contact Author)

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Europa-Institut, Saarland University ( email )

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