Dignity, Inclusion, Identity, Trust, and Agency

About the Program

Many areas of human activity in the 21st Century take place within cyberspace. Those excluded from cyberspace are thereby excluded from a key domain of human endeavor. Exclusion may arise from many causes, including affordability, availability, discrimination, and concern for safety.

The “Dignity, Inclusion, Identity, Trust, and Agency” (DIITA) Industry Connections Program considers causes of exclusion which can be addressed by advancing technology for humanity through standardization and related solutions.

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DIITA invites all relevant stakeholders to its open and consensus-building processes mainly aiming at:

  • Ensuring that the conditions of on-line access safeguard our personal agency and dignity in ways that are possible off-line through the standardization lifecycle.
  • Creating technical capabilities to identify ourselves on-line in a way that protects our privacy, our right to be forgotten, and our off-line ability to have multiple personas; identifying potential standardization opportunities in this vein and encouraging the development of practical, technical outputs to realize this goal.
  • Developing proposals for technical and contextually applicable standards that enable the needs and voices of all.

Initiative Outcomes

To best advance the goal of designing and developing trust-enabling solutions for the global community, the Industry Connections program for Dignity, Inclusion Through Trust Agency seeks to cultivate and influence the key groups in the online ecosystem to:

  • Have agency over our data and cyber-identity
  • Provide the capacity to identify ourselves online in a way that protects our privacy, our right to be forgotten, and our off-line ability to have multiple personas
  • Give a voice to the underserved and vulnerable with the creation of standards that are inclusive of their needs
  • Encourage distributed ledger technology (e.g., Blockchain) standards that facilitate financial inclusion and other decentralized data sharing capabilities
  • Develop a collaborative approach to technology and policy design regarding digital inclusion, trust, personal data, agency, security and privacy for all demographics

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) White Paper - Gender and Technology: The Case of the Energy Sector

This paper discusses how energy policies are gender blind and as a result, their lowered effectiveness and unintended effects.

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Other Reports/Papers

Dignity, Inclusion, Identity, Trust and Agency (DIITA): Program Report

This report describes the activities and achievements of the DIITA program on the humanization of cyberspace in one place.

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Dignity and Agency in AI

This workstream seeks to provide guidance and principles in examining dignity and agency in relation to digital inclusion.

DIITA Dignity and Agency Activity Report


DIITA - Internet Affordability & Accessibility

Internet Affordability & Accessibility

Focuses on suggesting suitable network designs with reference to technologies, identify parameters which will lead to cost reduction, growth pattern of subscribers in rural areas, technology based capital expenditure and break-even time based on different technologies.

DIITA - Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)

This workstream seeks to propose technical standards to integrate GESI in system design, policy and planning.

GESI Workstream Statement of Purpose (PDF)

DIITA - Dignity and Agency in AI

Transparent Design for Well-being and Accessibility in Technology

This workstream addresses issues at the intersection of technology and human factors.

Transparent Design for Well-being (PDF)

DIITA - Governance in Identity

Governance in Identity

This workstream develops guidelines and principles as it relates to the governance and security of digital identity of users.

DIITA - Privacy and Respect in Virtual and Social Gaming

Privacy and Respect in Virtual and Social Gaming

This workstream establishes a rewards system for good behavior in virtual and gaming platforms (industry guidance paper). Determine the viability of a technical standard that enables end-users to protect their “personal identity” outside of the playing environment.


Internet of Things Wavelength
28 September 2022 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM AEST

AuDIITA Workshop 2022

Organized by the ’Dignity, Inclusion, Identity, Trust and Agency’ (DIITA), an IEEE SA IC program, this workshop will look at ways to address barriers to accessing beneficial technologies.

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Previous Events

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13-14 July 2022

InDIITA Workshop 2022

The third Open Space Workshop to be held in Bangalore, this event continues the work of helping to develop community based outcomes to address challenges of affordable accessibility, enabling digital agency rights and building a framework for protecting personal data.

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7-8 October 2021

IEEE Digital Privacy Workshop

As every aspect of our lives become increasingly “digital”, digital privacy has become a top social concern. Societies are quickly trying to define and navigate the future of digital privacy and determine technological solutions, new policies, and frameworks needed to protect individuals while maintaining support for digital services.  Come join us for this free event as we explore how IEEE can add to the conversation from the perspective of technologists.

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22 July 2021

InDIITA Virtual Workshop

This event built on previous event success, helping to develop community based outcomes to address challenges of affordable accessibility, enabling digital agency rights and building a framework for protecting personal data. Below are the presentations from the event:

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22 September 2020

WAMIII Virtual Talk Series: Mental Health & Resilience - Supporting Health, Wellness, Identity & Agency During COVID-19

COVID-19 has made it deeply evident that the need for caregiving is more important than ever. Even before the pandemic, loneliness and depression rates had risen dramatically in many parts of the world.

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9 July 2020

Does your COVID-19 tracing app follow you forever? Privacy & Protection in a post-pandemic world

The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across countries. Contact tracing is claimed to be an effective tool to break the chains of transmission of an infectious disease and is thus an essential public health tool for controlling outbreaks.

In partnership with IEEE SSIT.

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8 July 2020

WAMIII Virtual Talk Series & DIITA - The Great Migration Online: Connected Health and Wellness in a Challenged Cyberspace

The Covid-19 crisis has forced hundreds of millions of people to consider what it means to live a significantly greater part of their lives, especially their working lives, on-line (“in cyberspace”).


4 December 2019 – Vienna, Austria

IEEE EU-DIITA Workshop on Identity, Inclusion and Agency

IEEE’s Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust, and Agency (DIITA) program is hosting a workshop in Vienna with a focus on identity (we are known as we wish to be known), trust (we are and feel safe in our online engagement), and agency (we have control over our data and our activities).

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18-19 July 2019

InDIITA Workshop

IEEE InDIITA is an Open Space Tech Workshop that utilizes “an attendee-based” participatory experience to work on the solutions needed today in the world of identity. It will bring together technologists, researchers, government regulators, academics, ethicists and other experts both from India and around the world who are committed to finding and developing solutions collaboratively.

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18-19 July 2019

Restoring Dignity to the End User Experience

Digital technologies offer many benefits but can easily be exploited for those who have malicious intent. Smart homes are supposed to make us safer yet are used as a weapon for domestic abuse. When most think of new smart and “deeper experience” technologies they are quick to believe their lives just got better. The reality for some is their lives have become more violated. Digital technologies offer many benefits but can easily be exploited for those who have malicious intent.

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