On the Identity Trail Project

CIPPIC actively participated in a multidisciplinary research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Initiatives on the New Economy (INE) Program that focuses on issues of anonymity and authentication. "On the Identity Trail: Understanding the Importance and Impact of Anonymity and Authentication in a Networked Society" was a four year research project that brought together several leading academics and practitioners in the fields of philosophy, psychology, technology and law to examine ways in which our society is changing as a result of new technologies. See On the Identity Trail website.

CIPPIC's work on this project included:

  • collaboratively drafting a glossary of terms relevant to anonymity and authentication in the online environment (the "Anonopedia");
  • collaboratively drafting an Access to Information Manual for use by citizens;
  • researching the nature and extent of consumer profiling in Canada;
  • researching technologies of online consumer surveillance and approaches to their regulation; and
  • researching and assessing Canadian approaches to "lawful access" by law enforcement officials of electronic communications.

The fruits of the the "On the Identity Trail" project have now been pulled together into a book: Lessons from The Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society, is available to purchase online from Oxford University Press or to download, free of charge, under a Creative Commons license.

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This page last updated: April 9, 2009

Webpage URL: http://www.cippic.ca/projects-cases/anonequity-project/