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eID (electronic identification) as an Innovation in the Interface of Politics and Technology
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There is a growing demand for secure identification systems in on-line relations. Electronic identification (eID) is a critical issue for individuals, firms, and governments and in most on-line relations. Some such systems are unique for the specific relation, like a unique log-in system, and others are used more broadly for several purposes.


However, there are demands for a more coherent approach to identification in electronic contexts. The development of electronic identification is a combination of technical innovations and system design continuously hand in hand with regulative and policy considerations. Electronic identification is both a technical and political innovation. The aim of this paper is to analyse and critical discuss these two mutual process and thereby to elaborate on the meanings of identification in the digital era.


The paper will contribute through its approach of a double meaning of innovations – the technical and political implications – in this case as well as by challenging the meanings and implications of identity and identification. A remarkable aspect is that there is almost a development of an identification of digital citizenship developed through the needs of safe and efficient public administration. This takes place before the political formation of the digital citizenship and rights and duties in cyber spaces. Thus there is a need for political action to clarify or at least take up a discussion of what aspects of citizenship that are given through the electronic identification. 

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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79078OAI: diva2:538188
Uddevalla Symposium 2012, June 14-16, Faro, Partugal
Available from: 2012-06-28 Created: 2012-06-28 Last updated: 2012-07-24

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