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Risk Models of National Identity Systems


Funded by The Alan Turing Institute, this project aims to provide a framework that informs the development and evaluation of national identify systems (NISs) from a trust perspective.

Our main research output will be a knowledge model that represents the forces and factors guiding assessments of NIS trustworthiness from different stakeholder perspectives. This model will also inform the design of signalling mechanisms that communicate trust-relevant information to user communities.

Our approach is inherently people-centred, in the sense that trustworthiness will be modelled as the output of a sensemaking process that is performed by people. Nevertheless, our aim is to support the accurate assessment of NIS trustworthiness by representing (and communicating) system-specific technical properties. This will require a consideration of the functional properties of NISs, as well as the broader socio-economic and socio-technical contexts in which such systems are to be deployed.


Principal Investigator: Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Co-Investigator: Professor Michael Boniface


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