Apr 29, 2019 in Surveys by DIACC

Advance a Digital Identity Shared Curriculum

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The time to advance a shared curriculum framework for digital identity is now and you can help make a difference. A better digital identity future must be realized through strategic community collaboration that connects stakeholder knowledge.

In alignment with DIACC’s Digital Identity Ecosystem Principles and Strategic Goals, we are building a community engagement forum to establish a consensus of goals and actions to achieve a standardized curriculum framework for digital identity.

Your participation in our survey will help inform the development and launch of a shared curriculum framework project. DIACC will compile the survey results, summarize responses, and share the findings with the public.

Who should take the survey?

This project requires multidisciplinary input of academic and identity experts from fields including information security, privacy, law, health, sociology, economics, and more. All interested parties are invited to participate.

Where appropriate, the curriculum will be standardized for application across countries, cultures, markets, universities and other institutions, while maintaining its flexibility for customization consistent with the local community and educational practices. Curriculum standards enable measurement that serve a variety of stakeholder needs, including instructors, future employers, consumers, regulators and others.

Getting Society Ready for the Digitization of Identity

The practices and concepts around real-world identity have been foundational to human society throughout history, but have always operated invisibly as part of other social, cultural, economic, political, legal, and other systems.

Digital identity issues loom large in discussions of privacy, security, and liability challenges, which seem to resist tractable solutions. Identity issues are pervasive and apply to verifying the identities of people, organizations, and things that humans interact with. The attributes of the identities of these various entities affect the interactions of humans in myriad ways and have thus earned the attention of various academic departments.

Yesterday’s identity solutions resulted from an institutional view of identity in which each organization structured its client relationships in a way that suited specific needs. This resulted in fragmented identity experiences for individuals and created organizational expectations and habits that shaped economic business and political citizenry models. Most notably the user experience and privacy control needs of the individual were often overlooked.

Academia is uniquely suited to bring coherence to “identity”

Academic institutions are uniquely positioned to innovate new solution pathways and offer ideal multidisciplinary settings in which to develop identity curriculum. DIACC can help to coordinate the activities among academic institutions across jurisdictions and disciplines, and identify timely and relevant identity issues and topics for consideration for inclusion in shared curriculum resources.

A well matured digital identity curriculum should encompass most of the disciplines on campus. For now, DIACC’s curriculum aspirations are more modest: to help identify core elements of an identity curriculum that can prepare students for the professional and personal navigation of digital interaction spaces – where we all already direct most of our waking attention.  

Why does DIACC care?

In order to achieve our vision, today’s students must be ready to enter the workforce with the Identity Management knowledge needed to solve challenges and leverage opportunities.  Working with our liaisons, DIACC proposes a program to design, develop and deploy a curriculum framework and a set of instructional resources for “digital identity” that is broadly shared.

On behalf of the DIACC community, thank you.