13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
This will be a drop in event, or 'Identity Kiosk', engaging the public with a high profile research project. IMPRINTS (Identity Management –Public Responses to Identity Technologies and Services) is a comparative and multidisciplinary research project, asking about the influences on UK and US publics to engage and/or disengage with identity management practices, services and technologies of the future. These involve, among others, new forms of biometric authentication; innovative ‘smart’ tokens like ID or customer cards, jewellery, garment, or further enhanced smart phones. These technologies have become subject to paradoxical processes of acceptance and rejection, with members of the public warmly embracing the one and fiercely rejecting the other. In this research we aim at a better understanding of these paradoxes in order to facilitate public debate, policy development and user-centric applications. The three-year IMPRINTS project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
In 2011, the project was selected as a Big Idea for the Future, by the Research Councils and the Universities of the UK, expecting that our research (and the other Big Ideas) will 'have a profound effect on the UK future'.
One of the key aims of the project is to develop an understanding of the social parameters that influence acceptance and rejection of IM-TPS, and to use that knowledge to describe best practices for design and implementation.