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It’s Time for Contextual Identity

– Berkman Klein Center

A recent Berkman Klein Centre blog explores how identity solutions are being created which are useful digital ID systems in some contexts, but risk over-identifying individuals in other situations

Author Elizabeth Renieris discusses the creation of digital ID systems which result from inadequate contexts, and the problem of online and digital space being treated as a single, monolithic entity.

This reductionist collapse of context has resulted in dangerously inadequate reliance placed on the same deficient ‘notice and choice’ consent-based paradigm for legitimizing data processing (a decidedly one-size-fits-none approach)

This, she argues, has led to behaviors and practices being tolerated for digital ID which would never otherwise be tolerated in the ‘real world’. 

This, Elizabeth argues, has led to behaviors and practices being tolerated for digital ID which would never otherwise be tolerated in the ‘real world’. 

A monolithic approach when it comes to implementing digital ID schemes — whether national or private-sector derived, that treat the “digital” as one single context are doomed to fail

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