The Social Construction of Self-Sovereign Identity: An Extended Model of Interpretive Flexibility

dc.contributor.author Weigl, Linda
dc.contributor.author Barbereau, Tom
dc.contributor.author Rieger, Alexander
dc.contributor.author Fridgen, Gilbert
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-24T17:40:56Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-24T17:40:56Z
dc.date.issued 2022-01-04
dc.description.abstract User-centric identity management systems are gaining momentum as concerns about Big Tech and Big Government rise. Many of these systems are framed as offering Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI). Yet, competing appropriation and the social embedding of SSI have resulted in diverging interpretations. These vague and value-laden interpretations can damage the public discourse and risk misrepresenting values and affordances that technology offers to users. To unpack the various social and technical understandings of SSI, we adopt an ‘interpretive flexibility’ lens. Based on a qualitative inductive interview study, we find that SSI’s interpretation is strongly mediated by surrounding institutional properties. Our study helps to better navigate these different perceptions and highlights the need for a multidimensional framework that can improve the understanding of complex socio-technical systems for digital government practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2022.316
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-5-7
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/79649
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Emerging Topics in Digital Government
dc.subject digital government
dc.subject electronic identification
dc.subject interpretive flexibility
dc.subject self-sovereign identity
dc.title The Social Construction of Self-Sovereign Identity: An Extended Model of Interpretive Flexibility
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