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Good ID: What’s policy got to do with it? Workshop Report

  • Report
  • 11 April 2019

The Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Omidyar Network hosted a workshop in Boston on February 5, 2019, that explored the governance of digital identity

The #GoodID workshops are a global series dedicated to thoughtful debate and the collaborative development of digital identity policies, practices, and technologies.

This workshop was hosted by Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and Tom Wheeler, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and current fellow at the Shorenstein Center. The workshop was supported by Omidyar Network.

Throughout the day participants explored the ethical decisions and policy avenues related to Good ID, framed as empowering and protecting individuals though inclusivity, high-value, privacy, security, and user control. In reaction to this prompt, participants wrote their own reflections and definitions of Good ID in ten words or less — in the spirit of Hemingway’s six-word novel.

Leaders from government, private sector, academia, and civil society who want to make identity work for all joined the conversation.

This Workshop Report summarizes the discussion, which was held under Chatham House rules.