Charlie Smith

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Digital Social Science (2019 cohort)

Charlie Harry Smith is a political theorist reading for a DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences. His research considers the normative and theoretical issues emerging at the intersection of digital identities and digital government. In particular, he is investigating the UK Government’s ongoing engagement with the private sector to develop federated digital identity systems.          

Charlie is supervised by Professors Victoria Nash and Helen Margetts at the Oxford Internet Institute. His work is generously funded by the ESRC and Balliol College.

Research Interests: digital identity, digital government, federated identity, national ID cards

Charlie holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and a BA in Philosophy from Durham University, which included a year studying abroad at the University of Hong Kong.

Alongside his doctoral work, Charlie freelances for the Open Identity Exchange and regularly works on identity-related consulting projects. Outside of the office, you’ll find him training with the Oxford Sirens, the University’s competitive cheerleader squad.

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