Speaker: Faheem Hussain

Affiliation: Arizona State University

Long Title: Digital Sovereignty, Changing Governance, and our (Future) Identity – Perspectives from our Deceased Users

Who is a citizen in our present world? Who defines such identity? Are the physical geopolitical boundaries inclusive enough to address the changing challenges of human identities? What will be the role of digital services in future governance? How is the new world shaping up in the backdrop of the metaverses, crypto-currencies, online funerals, and Zoom-centered rituals? In this talk, the author explores such questions and sheds light on the need of reimagining human identity for a better, just, and equitable future.

Dr. Faheem Hussain is an interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Global Development, Human Displacement, and Public Policy. Faheem is currently working as a Clinical Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Faheem’s current research projects involve impact and innovation analyses of digital communication platforms for Rohingya refugees; formulation of online education strategies for resettled Afghan refugees; and development of an inclusive digital afterlife ecosystem for the global south.