An online identity used to be a simple login name for a time-sharing system, but today an online presence consists of a fabric of identities created through websites, apps, and constantly evolving social media. We constantly deal with people, things, and institutions that have attributes and history that are varied, subject to change, secured through questionable practices, and authenticated both formally and informally. How do we transfer the concept of “who” to an Internet environment?
This special issue will explore new trends in identity granting, establishment, verification, management, use, and trust in an Internet computing environment. We would like to highlight methods that have the potential for easily enabling identities to be used for a variety of Internet purposes. We envision a Internet with a secure identity ecosystem that meets the needs of the world’s population of billions of individuals and objects while balancing privacy and accountability.
The technologies of the future may include blockchain, smart identity contracts, artificial intelligence, functional encryption, expanded use of social media identities, identity aggregation techniques, new types of biometrics, etc. We are interested in articles that cover how they can contribute to the overall vision.
Topics of interest include but aren’t limited to the following:
Methods and architectures that enable decentralized identity granting;
Bringing digital online identities to the digitally disadvantaged;
Attributing trust to an Internet identity;
Innovation in secure identity management;
New methods of proving identity; and
Usability issues in managing multiple identities.
All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on Internet technologies and implementations. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IEEE Internet Computing’s international readership—primarily practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and papers which are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to a real-life or engineering application.
Manuscripts must be submitted to ScholarOne by the deadline in order to be considered for publication. Submissions are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IEEE Internet Computing’s readership.
Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. Accepted papers will be lightly edited for grammar and formatting.