What is Online Identity?

Online 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. Another dimension of this topic is the persona one forges through their online profiles and avatars, specifically on social media.

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

  • Tracking online identities and all the variables associated with a person could help lead toward the "grand regression equation in the sky" approach to personalization -- when all digital activity can be captured, pooled and tied to an individual, a person's history can contribute to developing customized solutions for learning. - deone.zell deone.zell Oct 1, 2016\ - DaveP DaveP Oct 2, 2016 - niki.whiteside niki.whiteside Oct 5, 2016
  • Digital capability involves digital identity and wellbeing, being a digital citizen involves curating your presence and sharing and contributing as much as it does in 'real' life. - DaveP DaveP Oct 2, 2016

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

  • Taking back control or at least tempering the tyrannies of algorithms - academics managing their digital profiles, students presenting a digital self to employers http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-to-Curate-Your-Digital/151001/
  • This ties in with the topic of the blockchain - in fact, I suspect it is likely to be completely overtaken by that topic in the near future.- rubenrp rubenrp Oct 2, 2016

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