Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 43–55 | Cite as

Practical versus moral identities in identity management

  • Noëmi Manders-Huits
Original Paper


Over the past decade Identity Management has become a central theme in information technology, policy, and administration in the public and private sectors. In these contexts the term ‘Identity Management’ is used primarily to refer to ways and methods of dealing with registration and authorization issues regarding persons in organizational and service-oriented domains. Especially due to the growing range of choices and options for, and the enhanced autonomy and rights of, employees, citizens, and customers, there is a growing demand for systems that enable the regulation of rights, duties, responsibilities, entitlements and access of innumerable people simultaneously. ‘Identity Management’ or ‘Identity Management Systems’ have become important headings under which such systems are designed and implemented. But there is another meaning of the term ‘identity management’, which is clearly related and which has gained currency. This second construal refers to the need to manage our moral identities and our identity related information. This paper explores the relation between the management of our (moral) identities and ‘Identity Management’ as conceptualized in IT discourse.


Ethics and information technology Identity Values in design Identity management Profiling Ambient intelligence Identification Self-identity Nominal identity Identity construction Self-informative identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Technology, Policy, and ManagementPhilosophy Section Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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