What is Digital Identity?


Digital identity is the idea that everything interacting in the digital realm has or acquires a set of data or attributes, both inherent and changeable, that uniquely identify them as a person or entity online. Relevant to issues of privacy and authentication, digital identity encompasses a wide array of contextual and technical identifiers that exist in a ontological taxonomy. Traits can be understood and accepted in mutually agreed upon contexts such as when providing data like name and address for a PayPal transaction, and in the far more technical view that describes the relationships of these entities and objects to each other in cyberspace.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Can't gloss over privacy issues here. They are major. In this day and age, when the NSA is using facial recognition across security cameras and where your every movement is potentially tracked due to your smartphone, it's another leak in the dyke to be personally-identifiable instantly and constantly. We should be cautious here, I'd advise being followers instead of leaders. - dhegley dhegley Oct 31, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on education and interpretation in museums?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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