Implications of New Technology for Civil Registration and Identification: Research and Policy

Johannesburg, 14—16 February 2017

FutureID Panels : The Johannesburg Colloquium on the Future of Legal Identification

Day 1 : Wednesday February 15 – Ford Foundation Seminar Room

Panel 1 Legal Identification Now 1100 - 1220

Bronwen Manby – 'Legal identity for all' and childhood statelessness

Alan Gelb – Identification & Development: What Have We Learnt and Where Are We Going?

Panel 2 Histories and foundations 1230 - 1350

Keith Breckenridge – African and Indian histories of identification and registration

Eddy Higgs – How do we understand ‘the body’ in the history of biometric identification?


Panel 3 Completeness and its effects 1500 - 1700

Amiya Bhatia and Jacqueline Bhabha -- Is birth registration being left behind? A comparative analysis of socioeconomic inequalities in birth registration and the role of biometric identification in South Asia

Mark Collinson et al -- Completeness of birth and death registration in a rural area of South Africa: the Agincourt health and demographic surveillance, 1992-2014

Wendy Hunter -- The Promise and Limits of International Advocacy for the Effectively Stateless: The Case of Dominicans of Haitian Descent in Broader Context

Dinner @ 1900

Day 2 : Thursday February 16 – WISER Seminar Room, 6th Floor Richard Ward Building, Wits Main Campus

The organisers will arrange transport from the hotels in Rosebank to WISER

Panel 4 Biometric Identification and Citizenship 900 - 1050

Marielle Debos -- What election technologies do when they do not prevent rigging: Insights from Chad

Jonathan Klaaren -- Legal Frontiers of Legal Identity in Africa

Bronwen Manby -- The impact of new biometric identification systems in Africa on nationality and statelessness: an instrument of inclusion or exclusion?

Panel 5 Banking, credit, trust 1100 - 1230

Tom Fisher and Gus Hosein -- Legal Identity in the future: the challenges of data

Gabriel Davel -- Differences in the structure of credit information sharing and the approach to the regulation of credit bureaus in different countries and the implications for data privacy, the risks to data security and the evolution of credit information analytics


Panel 6 Aadhaar and new state powers 1330 - 1450

Bidisha Chaudhuri -- Renegotiating citizenship through digital biometric identification

Ursula Rao -- Writing, typing and scanning. Distributive justice and the politics of visibility in the era of biometric governance

Panel 7 Futures 1500 -1640

Shaun Conway -- Self-Sovereign Digital Identity

Jaap van der Straaten and Sanjay Dharwadker -- Personal identifiers for identity management

Edgar Whitley -- Towards a model for digital identity maturity

Panel 8 Wrap up with drinks 1700 - 1800