I am what i am…

...and what I am needs no excuses...And so today I chose myself an i-name, which for the next 50 years will serve as a u...

July 18, 2005

…and what I am needs no excuses…

And so today I chose myself an i-name, which for the next 50 years will serve as a unique on-line identifier for me.

While the government continues to insist upon pushing through a single, integrated solution to the identity problem, the web-world is going a totally different direction – building solutions around the individual, rather than the state. Allowing for distributed verification, rather than centralisation. Harnessing the chaordic nature of the web to solve its own security problem.

Microsoft is playing ball, and even leading the charge, with its unfortunately named ‘infocard’ proposition, replacing its previous monolithic Passport approach.

As this takes hold, we will see the emergence of a series of identity-spokes which will join an individual to a particular corporate or community relationship. Each spoke will be determined by the role it is required to fulfil. Some thick, some thin, some hard, some soft… Employee spokes, customer spokes, advocate spokes, father-spokes etc etc.

At the wheel’s circumference, relationship counterparties will verify the core identity by interlinking to one another, creating structural reliance upon the common identity of their shared wheel-hub.

However, what is proposed is that none will see the full content of the hub itself. Think of this system like snow chains. The minimum material required to generate maximum traction.

And the faster the wheel turns, the more stable it is.

Playing with this analogy for a second the air in the tyre is a function of the transaction volume in the system. The higher the trust pressure, the less the friction.

Different tread patterns are needed to navigate different terrains – smooth for speed, wide for stability, grooved for water dispersal…

Anyhow, here I am:=tim.kitchin. Get in touch or feel free to comment below if you have a vested interest in this vision of shared identity.

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