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FIDIS Summit Book: The Future of Identity in the Information Society - Challenges and Opportunities

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The FIDIS Summit Event will take place at May, 18th & 19th, 2009 in Paphos (Cyprus)

FIDIS Summit Event

IFIP Sec 2009 @ Cyprus

After 5 years of research, the Future of Identity in the Information Society (FIDIS) network of academic institutions and companies from across Europe will discuss the changing face of identity at a Summit Event to be co-located with the   IFIP Sec 2009  conference,  May 18-20 in Pafos (Cyprus).

The ever increasing digitisation of information has led to an Information Society in which more and more information is available almost anywhere and anytime. With 24 partners in 13 EU countries, the EU funded Network of Excellence (NoE) has been researching aspects of digital identity, privacy, security and beyond. To this regard, “FIDIS has put Europe on the global map as a place for high quality identity management research”, says Viviane Reding, Commissioner, responsible for Information Society and Media (EU). During the event the results and achievements of FIDIS toward the challenges and opportunities of the future will be presented.

The increasingly digital representation of personal characteristics changes our ways of identifying individuals. To this regard, supplementary digital identities, so-called virtual identities, are being created for security, profit, convenience, or even for fun. “These new identities are embodying concepts, such as pseudonymity and anonymity. Furthermore, such new identities are feeding back into the physical world, offering a mix of plural identities and challenging traditional notions of identity”, says Denis Royer, coordinator of FIDIS. At the same time, European states manage identities in very different ways. “FIDIS has been shaping the requirements for the future management of identity in the European Information Society and contributing to the technologies which address trust and security yet also preserve the privacy of individuals”, says Kai Rannenberg, head coordinator of FIDIS.