Leads: Judith Donath, John Clippinger
Identity, by Judith Donath
Individual identity vs. social identity
Facets of identity, identity signals, identity deception
Intimacy vs. Prestige
Individual Identity, by John Clippinger
Software called Higgins to analyze how identity is used on the internet.
Your immune system does not know who you are… but who you are not.
Important terms of art
- identification: tied to the biological personal (biometric)
- authentication: tied to an accepted identifier (SSL)
- verification: tied to a third party
principle of minimum disclosure: no need to bring more info than just the absolutely necessary to identify you, with user control upon minimum disclosure
- Recovering Prof. García Albero reflections about cybercrime, I wonder if there is not a social identity but an identity of the social, an identity of the collective and if it does play a role in one’s actions, as society in the physical world play in i.e. criminals, following García Albero’s line of thought. In case there is, what is and how does it frame one’s acting. In case there’s not, is there a problem?
- Both speakers provide thoughtful insight to these questions, explaining that there has been tested that, effectively, one’s behavior does change in front of a screen. Sometimes, the absence of a human being let’s the person relax and act more sincerely (he/she does not have to “perform” any role in front of the other/s). Sometimes, the absence of other human beings (or living beings in general, such as animals) relaxes the person but not in the sense of “performing” but in the sense of blurring one’s ties to ethics and moral. I.e. it’s easier to shoot an animal remotely that to do it in the flesh (and, my opinion, it’s easier to press the “red button” than to drop the bomb personally from Enola Gay)
- The Higgins Project website
- Peña-López, I. (2007). “The personal research portal: web 2.0 driven individual commitment with open access”. In Knowledge for Management Journal, 3(1). Amsterdam: KM4Dev Community.
- OII Day 3, by Alla Zollers
SDP 2007 related posts (2007)
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2007) “OII SDP 2007 (IX): Digital Identity” In ICTlogy,
#46, July 2007. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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