Digital Identities in Tension

Between Autonomy and Control

Volume 5 - Innovation and Responsibility SET Coordinated by Robert Gianni and Bernard Reber

Digital Identities in Tension

Armen Khatchatourov, Institut Mines-Telecom Business School, France
with the collaboration of
Pierre-Antoine Chardel
Andrew Feenberg
Gabriel Périès

ISBN : 9781786304117

Publication Date : June 2019

Hardcover 214 pp

135.00 USD



Digital Identities in Tension deals with the ambivalence of universal digitalization. While this transformation opens up new possibilities, it also redistributes the interplay of constraints and incentives, and tends insidiously to create a greater malleability of individuals.

Today, companies and states are increasingly engaged in the surveillance and management of our digital identities. In response, we must study the effects that the new industrial, economic and political logics have on ethical issues and our ability to act.

This book examines the effects of digitalization on new modes of existence and subjectivation in many spheres: digital identity management systems, Big Data and machine learning, the Internet of Things, smart cities, etc. The study of these transformations is one of the major conditions for more responsible modes of data governance to emerge.


1. Identity as an Issue of Constraint and Recognition: a Question of Fundamental Ethics, Pierre-Antoine Chardel.
2. Digital Regimes of Identity Management: from the Exercise of Privacy to Modulation of the Self, Armen Khatchatourov.
3. Individuals, Normativity and Urban Spaces: Critical Perspectives on Digital Governance, Gabriel Périès.
4. Wait a minute, dystopia has not arrived yet? – Digital Identities and the Ability to Act Collectively, an Interview with Andrew Feenberg,
Andrew Feenberg, Armen Khatchatourov and Pierre-Antoine Chardel.

About the authors/editors

Armen Khatchatourov is an engineer and doctor of philosophy of technology, specialist in responsible data management, member of the Chair Values and Policies of Personal Information and a teacher-researcher at the Institut Mines-Telecom Business School, France.