I have recently been engaging with a number of older adults from the Newcastle community in focus groups, designed to find out how people feel about the IM technology scenarios outlined in our IMPRINTS framework.
These focus groups have provided participants with examples of technologies such as psychic ID cards, RFID jewellery, Augmented ID and medical microchipping. A mixture of scenarios have been presented to focus group volunteers to find out what ideas for the future may become desirable, and which may be rejected as being taboo.
The next phase of our research at Northumbria will be to engage with younger communities, to find out how different generations perceive the future of identity management. Inter-generational focus groups will also provide further opportunity for debate and insight into public perceptions.