First Digital Personhood Network Meeting

March 2014

The first Digital Personhood Network Meeting took place on the 6th & 7th of March 2014 with keynote presentations from Research Council staff, Professor Chris Hankin and Laura Hood from The Conversation, as well as updates on the five Digital Personhood sandpit projects.

The sandpit projects cover a diverse range of Digital Personhood aspects, from the business of generating new socio-economic models, to dealing with multiple digital personas and significant life transitions. They involve academics and collaborators from a wide range of backgrounds, from microeconomics and anthropology, through to web science and law.

The meeting was attended by a wide range of both project members and other stakeholders. Its purpose was to collectively generate a ‘research landscape’ for this area, and in addition identify potential joint impact activities.

In preparation for the Network Meeting, delegates were asked to answer two questions:

Q1. “What do you personally see as the three major challenges in Digital Personhood over the next 3 - 5 years?”

Q2. “What are the three most important impact activities that you personally foresee for your project?”

After providing their answers delegates were invited to take part in a remote, online study in which they each sorted all of the submitted responses into groups of similar answers. This information was used with the ‘Well Sorted’ tool to produce the ‘average’ sorting. The resulting groups of challenges and impact activities were used to drive breakout sessions which generated the different sections of the Digital Personhood research landscape.


N.B. This page shows the challenge results (Q1). For more information see the Meeting Documents section below.

Grouped Challenge Topics

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Yellow Group: Multiple Digital Personhoods & the Single Self

Research Question #1: Relationship between physical & digital selves:

What implications do attempts to connect the physical to the digital self, and to the aggregated digital self (e.g. biometrics, behavioural data, digital tracks and traces, encryption keys, learning analytics, use of real names) have for the expression and representations of self/selves?

Research Question #2: Representations of self:

a) Integrating and aligning our multiple representations
b) Capturing the relevant contextual information
c) Understanding the language of representation

Research Question #3: Managing identities:

Empowering individuals to manage their digital identities, for example around life transitions where there is a break with the past (reaching adulthood, professional milestones, end of life), to influence perceptions and projections of self. This includes work on legal frameworks and the right to opt out of aggregation.

Group Members:
Natalie Clewley
Nicola Osborne
Duska Rosenberg
Amelia Jupit
Smitashree Choudhury
Shaun Lawson
Elaine Farrow

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