Digital Identity

There has been an explosion in the amount of data created around each and every one of us. It is becoming difficult not to have a web presence and we will increasingly face questions and obstacles around handling future big data as our online and offline identities become blurred. As individuals, organisations, governments and industry begin to harness the power of big data, we need to think carefully about privacy and security.
I'm curious about... "upcoming techniques for using big data and the privacy issues surrounding it."Prof Chris Hankin



Prof Chris Hankin is Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology at Imperial College. He was Deputy Principal of the Faculty of Engineering from September 2006 until October 2008 and Pro Rector (Research) from June 2004 until September 2006. Hankin recently chaired a report for the Government - called the Foresight Future Identities Project.


Prof Chris Hankin’s research is in semantics-based program analysis, language-based computer security and data analytics. The questions Hankin seeks to address are as follows:

  • What sort of algorithms are needed to process the Big data?

  • How can parallel computing help us handle all this data?

  • How do you maintain the privacy of the people who have provided that data?


Foresight and futures work

2034: Tech Foresight
The future of sensing and data-driven technologies

Profile Credits

Foresight Development: Alex Ayad, Sara Kenney, Alun Rhydderch, Keeren Flora, David Barreto Ian, Ali Salehi-Reyani, Kristina Kareh

Video: Eleanor Harding, Tom Walker, Consider Creative