Saturday, September 13, 2008

Identity 2.0

Traditionally Identity has been limited to one source and one verification agent of the same source. Identity information stored at one web portal or site cannot be shared with some other portal or site. Overcoming these limitations, Identity 2.0 resembles the real life Identity Systems where user has one driving license or passport which s/he can use as a proof of identity as and when required. The term Identity 2.0 stems from the web 2.0 term (world wide web transition).

Identity 2.0 is also called digital Identity is a revolution of Identity verification over the internet using technologies like Information cards and OpenID. Every entity (user) can have different Information cards as we have in real life like Driving license, Passport, SSN number etc. User can chose to present one of those available cards as an Identity proof while verification.

Now when user register to a new site, user can present one of the information cards and he need not give any other information. Site can communicate with the Identity provider and validate user's identity and gets other information associated with the user from the Identity provider. This helps user where s/he does not need to remember many user profiles at the same time it also helps site in reducing cost associated with the user management.

Having said this, the transition from Identity 1.0 (Traditional Identity) to Identity 2.0 is not as easy as it looks. There are many technologies which could be used for communication between verification agent and Identity provider like federation (SAML 1.1, SAML 2.0, Liberty), web services but there are no standerds around this. At the same time trust of Identity Provider also remains one of the major issue to be addressed. Uninterrupted availability of Identity provider also is a matter of concern. If user'e identity is compromised, The impact is much more than what i could have been with Identity 1.0 because Identity is shared across multiple sites.

What I would love to see happening with Identity 2.0 is, user owns his Identity data. User has a some sort of device or may be a web page exposing user's Identity information in standerd format. All the sites whom I authorize, can fetch that inforamtion. With this, I become the owner of my Identity information. It brings in its own chellenges of securing data and making sure that only authorized sites can access it user's information.

Following are the technologies will bring difference to Identity 2.0
Web 2.0
Information Cards
Higgins trust framework

From all the technologies listed above, I think Higgins framework will bring in the most difference as there are many giants involved in its development that will help to bring in standerds around it.



Blogger muoka said...

I came across some information on an international conference, They have very interesting panels on identity and a featured panel on Barak Obama and you can also make a real African Safari…
The Institute of Identity Research (IDmap) announces an international conference
on Identity Politics on the Internet to be held in Kenya on the 27th to 29th of
August 2009. The aim of the Conference is to create discourse in the area of
Identity politics on the Internet and other related topics.
The Conference will be graced by several leading scholars who have written and
researched extensively on issues of Identity. We hope that this conference will
result in solutions and better understanding of the problems facing issues of
identity in the contemporary context.
August 27-29, 2009
Organized by Institute of Identity Research (IDmap)
Will be held in Amboseli Wildlife National Park, Kenya
Featured panel: Barack Obama' Election and Kenyan politics of Identity:
Will he identify himself with the World or with his People?

• The Dead line for submission of the Abstracts is 01.05.2009 (200-500 words)
in Word or PDF formats
• The Dead line for submission of full-text papers is 01.07.2009
Preliminary program of the Conference includes the following panels:
• Kenyan 2007 Presidential elections and the Internet
• Traditions and Identity in Kenyan politics: Barak Obama as a Luo
representative of Kenyan identity politics
• Facebook and Identity: do old ethnicity definitions still matter?
• World Identity politics: Case-studies and Comparative Analysis
• Parties and recruitment in the digital world
• Gender, ethnicity and empowerment: what is better to be a white man or a
black woman?
• When religion comes to the Internet: the new ways to build and reinforce
religious identity
• Government on the Internet: new ways to preserve Nation-state and its
identity on the Net
• New English and E-Linguistic: jargon and vocabulary of Internet campaigns
Participants are welcomed to join the following working groups:
• Computers and identity
• Culture and identity
• Mathematical expressions of identity
• Internet and Politics
• Internet Vocabulary
Best Identity MA/PhD Thesis work award:
During the conference the Institute will award the best MA/PhD work submitted
for the evaluation. The work should reveal an original and innovative approach
in the field of Identity with its expression on the Internet. Information
regarding submission procedure can be found on our site or through direct
contact of our Administrators.

March 12, 2009 at 9:54 AM  

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