ON-Lion Letter
In early March, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris released a working paper on personhood and identity management by a team of scholars and practitioners led by Mary Rundle, a visiting fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII).

"Personhood in the modern era demands that individuals have the ability to create, manage, and protect identities," they write in the OECD paper, "At a Crossroads:  'Personhood' and Digital Identity in the Information Society."  "Each modern personal identity exists simultaneously in the physical world and the in the electronic world."  Law and technology must be crafted to respect certain "Properties of Identity" in identity management in order for the information society to be free and open, they contend.

Rundle is also a fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.  Her co-authors are Bob Blakley, Jeff Broberg, Anthony Nadalin, Dale Olds, Mary Ruddy, Marcelo Thompson Mello Guimarães, and Paul Trevithick. 

They believe that respect for the Properties of Identity is necessary for data protection, data protection is necessary for accountability, and accountability is necessary for trust.  User control is a central theme of their thinking.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has supported much of Rundle's work on the Net Dialogue project and now at OII.
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