Responsible Innovation in Digital Identity

There is certainly no shortage of hot issues in the digital identity landscape today: from authentication conundrums to the prospect of security breakdown, from legal battles for privacy to the unintended consequences of big data business, from the frailty of political sovereignty to the possibility of digital authoritarian control. How can these and comparable problems be best debated? How can they be taken into account within the innovation process proper?

In order to tackle these issues, the Observatory for Responsible Innovation is joining forces in 2019 with the newly created research RD-ID (Responsibility for Digital IDentity) chair on responsibility for digital identity (“RD-ID”) at Télécom Paris, led by Valérie Fernandez and Laura Draetta, with the participation of Marie Alauzen. From the initiative’s January 2019 press release: “Scientific research is developed in combination with the formation of an interdisciplinary policy discussion group. Counting on the participation of actors from scientific, industrial and institutional arenas, this think tank will constitute a space for debate and for the production of policy input for responsible digital identity.”

Working group

  • Lead coordinators:
  • ● Valérie Fernandez (Télécom Paris, i3 CNRS UMR 9217, Chaire RD-ID)
  • ● Laura Draetta (Télécom Paris, i3 CNRS UMR 9217, Chaire RD-ID)
  • ● Marie Alauzen (Télécom Paris, i3 CNRS UMR 9217, Chaire RD-ID) [2019-2020]
  • Members:
  • ● Séverine Arsène (Sciences Po)
  • ● Emmanuel Bloch (Thales Group, & Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas)
  • ● Raphaël de Cormis (Thales Group)
  • ● Mathieu Cunche (INSA Lyon)
  • ● Jim Dratwa (European Commission, & Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • ● Frédéric Duflot (OpenLaw)
  • ● Lionel Fouillen (DINSIC, France)
  • ● Francesca Musiani (CNRS, Centre internet et société, & Internet Society France)
  • ● Marc Relieu (Télécom Paris, i3 CNRS UMR 9217)
  • ● Romain Santini (Agence nationale de sécurité des systèmes d’information, France)
  • ● Christoph Siegelin (Thales Group)


Here is an updated list of outcome delivered so far by the RD-ID Chair (September 2019-June 2021):

  • Scientific Output:
  • ● [Study Report] Identité numérique et controverses. L’affaire Alicem : Dynamique de publicisation et trajectoire argumentative dans les médias September 2020 – L. Draetta & V. Fernandez (eds.).
  • ● [Conference Paper] “Towards an experimentalist methodology for responsible innovation in digital identification technologies”, 10th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices (OAP) Conference, University of California, Berkeley, June 2020 – F. Muniesa, V. Fernandez, L. Draetta, & M. Alauzen.
  • ● [Grant Agreement] France-Berkeley Fund Award 2020, “The Emergence of Public Controversies in Science, Technology & Medicine: A New Methodological Paradigm”, 2020-2022, Télécom Paris and the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society (CSTMS), University of California, Berkeley – L. Draetta & V. Fernandez; dir.: L. Draetta & E. Conis.
  • ● [White Paper] “Facial recognition: Embodying European Value”, June 2020 – V. Fernandez & al.
  • ● [Literature Review] “Confiance et identité numérique, état des interstices”, December 2019 – M. Alauzen.
  • ● [Training Report] “La reconnaissance faciale sur Twitter”, June 2021 – P. Tsimboukis.
  • ● [Conference Organization] AIM Annual Conference, “Research and practices in IS Management: Retrospective view and societal imprint”, co-hosted with University of Côte d’Azur, June 2021.

  • Contributions to Public Debate:
  • ● Hearing at the French National Assembly, Mission Interministérielle sur l’Identité Numérique, 17/12/2019: “L’enjeu d’une démarche d’innovation responsable : la relation entre controverses publiques et évaluation technologique” -L. Draetta & V. Fernandez
  • ● Hearing at CNNum, 14/12/2019 – V. Fernandez.
  • ● Conference on Facial Recognition, Renaissance Numérique, French Senate, 19/12/2019 – V. Fernandez.
  • ● Workshop of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 25/06/2020: “Facial Recognition: Embodying European Values Civil Liberties and Ethics” – V. Fernandez.
  • ● Renaissance Numérique, Pinsent Masons and the British Embassy in Paris, 11/02/2021, “Facial Recognition Technologies: Comparative Views From Across the Channel” – V. Fernandez.
  • ● Hearing with The Defender of Rights (France), 18/03/2021: “Ethique et dispositifs de reconnaissance faciale” – V. Fernandez.

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