IEEE Internet Computing Magazine

The Meaning of Identity on the Internet – Call for Papers
May 31, 2018
Call for Papers

Final submissions due: 4 December 2018
Publication issue: September/October 2019

Guest Editors: Hilarie Orman and Kent Seamons.
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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.

Submission Guidelines

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

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. Once an article is accepted
for publication, its content must placed into our magazine template
and uploaded into the IEEE Computer Society’s Editorial Management
System. Figures and tables should be placed in the appropriate
location within the template, ideally in files that are 300 dpi or
higher at the dimensions they are used in the document template.