The Hague Colloquium on the Future of Legal Identity

Civil Registration Centre for Development, The Hague and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg

Edgar Whitley

Department of Management, LSE

A good introduction to my work on identity policies and its real world impact can be found at As co-chair of the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group I helped formulate the Identity Assurance Principles that underwrite the new UK Gov.verify Scheme - I have written extensively about the UK identity scheme Whitley, E. A., and Hosein, G. 2010. Global challenges for identity policies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Whitley, E. A., Martin, A. K., and Hosein, G. 2014. “From surveillance-by-design to privacy-by-design: Evolving identity policy in the UK,” in Histories of State Surveillance in Europe and Beyond K. Boersma, R. van Brakel, C. Fonio, and P. Wagenaar (eds.), London: Routledge, pp. 205–219. Whitley, E. A. 2013. “On technology neutral policies for e–identity: A critical reflection based on UK identity policy,” Journal of international commercial law and technology (8:2), pp. 134–147. Whitley, E. A. 2009. “Perceptions of government technology, surveillance and privacy: the UK identity cards scheme,” in New Directions in Privacy and SurveillanceD. Neyland and B. Goold (eds.), Cullompton: Willan, pp. 133–156 (available at Willan2009.pdf). I have also reflected on some of the consequences of technologizing and management of identification systems and their relationship to identity Whitley, E. A., and Hosein, G. 2010. “Global Identity Policies and Technology: Do we Understand the Question?,” Global Policy (1:2), pp. 209–215. Whitley, E. A., and Gal, U. 2014. “Special issue on information systems, identification and identity,” European Journal of Information Systems (23:1), pp. 17–95. Especially the introduction: Whitley, E. A., Gal, U., and Kjærgaard, A. 2014. “Who do you think you are? A review of the complex interplay between information systems, identification and identity,” European Journal of Information Systems (23:1), pp. 17–35 (doi: 10.1057/ejis.2013.34). Martin, A. K., and Whitley, E. A. 2013. “Fixing identity? Biometrics and the tensions of material practices,” Media, culture and society (35:1), pp. 52–60 (doi: 10.1177/0163443712464558). Whitley, E. A., and Hosein, I. R. 2008. “Departmental influences on policy design: How the UK is confusing identity fraud with other policy agendas,” Communications of the ACM (51:5), pp. 98–100 (doi: 10.1145/1342327.1342344).