Global Challenges for Identity Policies

Global Challenges for Identity Policies

by E. Whitley, G. Hosein
     
 

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The goals of this book are to provide a comprehensive review of identity policies as they are being implemented in various countries around the world, to consider the key arenas where identity policies are developed and to provide intellectual coherence for making sense of these various activities.

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The goals of this book are to provide a comprehensive review of identity policies as they are being implemented in various countries around the world, to consider the key arenas where identity policies are developed and to provide intellectual coherence for making sense of these various activities.

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'...this book demonstrates an impressive understanding of identification policies and systems...' - Information Polity

'In an age of 'identity management', when government seeks to define and to control identity, and the individual is besieged by fears of identity theft and the all-seeing, intrusive state, this excellent book provides much needed clarity, as well as all the information on the subject that anyone could possibly need. The authors have produced an essential reference book, which is concisely and elegantly argued: a must read for anyone concerned with the issues of identity.' - Henry Porter, The Observer

'Edgar Whitley and Gus Hosein have written an indispensable analysis of the I.D. cards legislative debacle. They draw timely and valuable conclusions as to how not to legislate. As members of the LSE Identity Project, which made a unique and uniquely valuable contribution towards mitigating the ineffable conclusions and complexities of the Identity Cards Bill, they gained invaluable experience which they have used tellingly.

In a scholarly but accessible way they debunk the artificial separation of science from politics which bedevilled the Bill. They also bring invaluable comparative sections on how other countries deal with the real problems of identity, the State and the citizen. In the process they critique the democratic feebleness of much secondary legislation, and the ever present problem of public trust. The book is also underpinned by a plethora of comparative sources. It is a 'must-read' for students of the ongoing saga of Identity Cards. - Lord Phillips of Sudbury

'This book is essential to the conversation about digital identity and government. Policy makers will learn about technologies that promote privacy as much as security. Technologists will learn about the policy implications of their work. Throughout, Whitley and Hosein tie the two sides together with a lively intelligence.' - Kim Cameron, Chief Architect of Identity and Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft

'A timely contribution that investigates a contemporary phenomenon with the provision of academic insights into our understanding of the relationship between technology and society. This insightful study of the UK National Identity Scheme has wide-ranging implications for researchers, policy makers, and citizens.' - Debra Howcroft, Professor of Technology and Organisation CRESC and Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

'Broad support for identity cards ebbs away when the flaws of the system are seen, the penalties of non-compliance are noticed, and the costs are disclosed. It's clear the authors know their stuff: this book shows with canny insights and impressive research that no government has yet perfected the approach to ID. The blunderings of the UK government are at least enthusiastic; and the Taiwanese policy of not issuing ID Cards ending with the number 4 because its pronunciation resembles the word 'death' is a triumph of superstition over pragmatism. That nobody has got it completely right hasn't stopped governments all over the world trying. A fascinating, insider's view of how Labour came to embrace ID Cards, but without fully understanding how politics and IT policy can be a toxic mix.' - Tony Collins, Executive Editor, Computer Weekly

"This timely and insightful book takes the reader through the various phases of planning, design, administration, and sustainability of identity management systems, which are key factors to enhance good governance, transparency, and accountability. It provides a comprehensive account of the UK National Identity Scheme, as well as a clear and detailed description of important identity and identification systems in other countries around the world. Global Challenges for identity Policies will be of interest to both scholars and practitioners who are involved in identity management and policy development, and also acts as a great reference tool for their partners and liaisons." - Mia Harbitz, Senior Specialist, Institutional Capacity and Finance Sector Inter-American Development Bank

"This book is essential reading for the policy makers charged with making a success of the second attempt." - International Journal of Information Management

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230542235
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
12/22/2009
Series:
Technology, Work and Globalization Series
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

EDGAR A. WHITLEY is the Reader in Information Systems at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Whitley's research interests lie in identity management, especially the UK identity cards scheme. He also looks at philosophically and sociologically based interpretations of IS and actor-network theory.

IAN HOSEIN is the Privacy Technology Officer at Zero-Knowledge Systems, Inc and a Tutorial Fellow and doctoral student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. For three years he has lectured to undergraduate and postgraduate students on privacy, philosophy and politics of technology, regulation, cryptography policy, networks, and the concept of the Information Society. In his spare time he works with Privacy International, is a Policy Counsel for ZeroKnowledge Systems, and is an Advisory Council member of the Foundation for Information Policy Research. A Toronto native, he is a survivor of the University of Waterloo; but now lives in England partly because of the prevalence of pubs.

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