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Roger Clarke's 'The Digital Persona and Law'

The Nature of the Digital Persona
and Its Implications for Data Protection Law

Notes of 5 January 2014

For presentation at Bahçesehir Üniversitesi, Besiktas on 20 January 2014

Roger Clarke **

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Abstract

An understanding of the the Digital Persona concept, and its relationship to individuals and their identities, is central to the field of identity management and authentication. Yet, despite its importance, it is very poorly understood by information systems practitioners and even by researchers in the field. This seminar explains the concept within the context of a comprehensive theory of identity, and considers the concept's implications for the collection, storage, use and disclosure of personal data, and in particular the authentication of assertions of fact and of identity.


Primary References

The paper that introduced the concept is here:

Clarke R. (1994) 'The Digital Persona and its Application to Data Surveillance' The Information Society 10,2 (June 1994) 77-92, PrePrint at http://www.rogerclarke.com/DV/DigPersona.html

Its place in a comprehensive model of identity is explained here:

Clarke R. (2009) 'A Sufficiently Rich Model of (Id)entity, Authentication and Authorisation' Proc. IDIS 2009 - The 2nd Multidisciplinary Workshop on Identity in the Information Society, LSE, London, 5 June 2009, Revised Version at http://www.rogerclarke.com/ID/IdModel-1002.html

A paper is in press on the history of the digital persona:

Clarke R. (2014) 'Persona Missing, Feared Drowned: The Digital Persona Concept, Two Decades Later' Information Technology & People 27, 3 (September 2014), PrePrint at http://www.rogerclarke.com/ID/DP12.html

Other References

Clarke R. (1994) 'Human Identification in Information Systems: Management Challenges and Public Policy Issues' Info. Technology & People 7,4 (December 1994), at http://www.rogerclarke.com/DV/HumanID.html

Clarke R. (1999) 'Anonymous, Pseudonymous and Identified Transactions: The Spectrum of Choice', Proc. IFIP User Identification & Privacy Protection Conference, Stockholm, June 1999, at http://www.rogerclarke.com/DV/UIPP99.html

Clarke R. (2001a) 'The Fundamental Inadequacies of Conventional Public Key Infrastructure' Proc. Conf. ECIS'2001, Bled, Slovenia, 27-29 June 2001, at, http://www.rogerclarke.com/II/ECIS2001.html

Clarke R. (2001b) 'Authentication: A Sufficiently Rich Model to Enable e-Business' Review Draft of 26 December 2001, at http://www.rogerclarke.com/EC/AuthModel.html

Clarke R. (2003) 'eAuthentication Realities You want to authenticate what???' Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, August 2003, at http://www.rogerclarke.com/EC/ACSeAuth.html

Clarke R. (2004) 'Identity Management: The Technologies, Their Business Value, Their Problems, Their Prospects' Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, March 2004, at http://www.xamax.com.au/EC/IdMngt.html

Clarke R. (2008) '(Id)Entities (Mis)Management: The Mythologies underlying the Business Failures' Invited Keynote for Identity Management in New Zealand, Wellington, April 2008, at http://www.rogerclarke.com/EC/IdMngt-0804.html

Clarke R. (2009-10) 'A Sufficiently Rich Model of (Id)entity, Authentication and Authorisation' Proc. IDIS 2009 - The 2nd Multidisciplinary Workshop on Identity in the Information Society, LSE, 5 June 2009, at http://www.rogerclarke.com/ID/IdModel-090605.html, and 'Glossary', at http://www.rogerclarke.com/ID/IdModelGloss.html, current version at http://www.rogerclarke.com/ID/IdModel-1002.html


Author Affiliations

Roger Clarke is Principal of Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra. He is also a Visiting Professor in Cyberspace Law & Policy at the University of N.S.W., and a Visiting Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. He is also Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF), 2006-14, and has been Secretary of the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) since 2012.



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