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Secure Digital Identities

Secure Digital Identities

Introducing Secure Digital Identities: Advancing Trust in a Digital World

In today's interconnected world, the significance of digital identities cannot be underestimated. With the ever-increasing reliance on digital services and the Internet, ensuring the security of these identities is paramount. At the Digital Society Institute, we have embarked on a pioneering journey to explore the field of "Secure Digital Identities" through cutting-edge research.

The pervasive threats of identity theft, hacking, and surveillance loom over the digital landscape, posing serious risks to individuals and organizations alike. Recognizing these challenges, our institute aims to develop innovative solutions that protect digital identities against such threats. Our interdisciplinary team consists of experts from diverse fields, including computer science, social sciences, law, and ethics. United by a common vision, we synergistically address the multifaceted challenges associated with digital identity security.

As leaders in our field, we work diligently to address the security concerns surrounding digital identities. Our research efforts focus on breaking new ground in authentication and authorization mechanisms, enhancing privacy, and refining risk management strategies. By pioneering innovative approaches, we aim to instill confidence in digital identities and foster a climate of trust across multiple sectors.

The applications of our research span critical sectors such as finance, transportation, e-commerce, and government. In these areas, the reliable and secure management of digital identities is essential to delivering services and maintaining trust. By delving into the intricate nuances of digital identity security, our institute strives to empower these sectors, enabling them to embrace the vast opportunities of the digital age with unwavering confidence.

In our quest for knowledge, we are unwavering in our commitment to advancing the state of the art in research on secure digital identities. Our Institute engages in a wide range of activities to disseminate our findings, such as academic publications and conferences, to ensure that our breakthroughs reach a global audience. Furthermore, we actively collaborate with stakeholders through outreach programs, working together to promote awareness and understanding of the complex challenges surrounding the security of digital identities.

One of our notable strengths is our legal expertise, particularly in the area of eIDAS. With a focus on building and maintaining trustworthy digital ecosystems, we delve into the intricacies of electronic trust services, evidence-based long-term storage, information security, and organizational identities. This legal expertise strengthens our research efforts and enables us to develop comprehensive solutions that combine technical prowess with regulatory compliance.

Research Projects

  • Secure Digital Identities Showcase Program

    The accompanying research, consisting of ESMT, EY, and Nimbus Technology Consulting, is part of the "Secure Digital Identities Showcase Program," in which the four showcase projects ID-Ideal, IDunionONCE, and SDIKA are developing and testing solutions for secure digital identities on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

    The name of the accompanying research encompasses its function and role: It supports the showcase projects and works with them to create an ecosystem for self-determined, secure digital identities in Germany and Europe.

    The research work is the responsibility of ESMT Berlin & Digital Society Institute as the lead of the accompanying research Secure Digital Identities.



    Our experts:

    • Isabel Skierka-Canton, Researcher and Program Lead, DSI

    • Lilly Schmidt, Research Associate and Program Lead, DSI

    • Konstantin Schaarschmidt, Researcher, DSI

    • Nils Brinker, Former Research Associate, DSI


Meet our experts

Isabel Skierka-Canton, PhD

Researcher and Program Lead, DSI
+49 30 21231–1653

Lilly Schmidt

Research Associate and Program Lead, DSI

Konstantin Schaarschmidt

Researcher, DSI