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Digital Identity in Times of Crisis

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, in collaboration with metaLAB (at) Harvard, the Edgelands Institute, and AccessNow, welcomed 34 early career scholars and practitioners working in 16 countries who participated in a ten-week research sprint exploring the ethical, human rights, and societal impacts of digital identity in times of crisis. 

The sprint, “Digital Identity in Times of Crisis: Designing for Better Futures,” challenged participants to evaluate how digital identity systems can best serve communities in times of crisis, how to guard against harms arising either from well-intended plans gone awry or the misuse of power, and how to envision a future in which people's digital identities are respected and supported. The participants, who brought a range of backgrounds and areas of expertise to the discussion, worked with practitioners to create one of three outputs: data visualizations that inform how people’s digital identity is captured or used, pieces of speculative fiction that envision better engagements with digital identity in the future, or policy recommendations for the design of sociotechnical systems that respond nimbly to crisis while treating people’s digital identities with respect and responsibility.

Program Contributors:

Kim Albrecht, Savita Bailur, Beatriz Botero Arcila, Eduoard Bugnion, Alejandra Caraballo, Juan Castañeda, Justin Clark, Alexandre Connat, Yasodara Cordova, Sandra Cortesi, Yves Daccord, Marianne Díaz Hernández, Judith Donath, Laura García Vargas, Valerie Gomez, Jeremy Grant, Armando Guio Español, You Jeen Ha, Jennifer Hauseman, Nien-hê Hsieh, Amy Johnson, Ashley Lee, Daniel Lefeur, Florian Martin-Bariteau, Madeline McGee, Sabelo Mhlambi, Joana Moll, Petra Molnar, Adam Nagy, Sarah Newman, Jonas Parnow, Ankur Patel, Leah Plunkett, Mawish Raza, Dario Rodighiero, Marie-Claude Sawerschel, Jeffrey Schnapp, Hélène Smertnik, Fabro Steibel, Justinas Sukaitis, Lis Sylvan, Ethan Veneklasen, Stefaan Verhulst, Benjamin Welby, Ellen Willemin

Research Sprint Announcement and Participant List

Research Sprint Syllabus

Output: To Be Announced (Check back here soon)

Call for Participation


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Dec 15, 2022 @ 8:00 AM

Reimagining Digital Identity: Designing for Better Futures in Times of Crisis

Culminating event for the BKC Fall 2022 Research Sprint on Digital Identity...

Oct 13, 2022

Research sprint examines challenges of navigating digital identity amid crises

GLOBAL COHORT OF EARLY-CAREER SCHOLARS AND PRACTITIONERS EXPLORES THE ETHICAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CONSIDERATIONS OF DIGITAL IDENTITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, in collaboration with metaLAB (at) Harvard, the Edgelands Institute, and AccessNow, is welcoming 34 early-career scholars and…

Aug 18, 2022

Call for Participants: Digital Identity in Times of Crisis — Research Sprint

Applications are due September 5.

Applications are due September 5.