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Where next for digital identity?

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My notes from 7 Jan 10, British Library

Slides on the Eduserv site; more about the project.

Ian Brown, Ox Int Inst – controlling your dig id

Locus of control (Schneier’s taxonomy)

Article 29 Working Party (EU privacy commissioners)

Expectation of privacy in the US was limited to “private spaces”. Even phone calls could be observed. Exception is video and cable viewing (because of Ron Reagan leaks).

Reidentification techniques for anon data sets are becoming very sophisticated.

Is it fair to require individual users to be data controllers? ‘Infomediaries’. Twitter users are currently ‘data controllers’ – Lindqvist.

Data Protection Act – 8 data protection principles for orgs to comply with.

Steve Warburton – Rhizome Project (patterns)

Dimensions of digital id as continuums.

Personal branding


An example of abuse – fetishists on Flickr.

Good question about making the most of your digital id – relates to Yish’s point about risk aversity. This is an event which problematises going online. Yet Yish says that lack of privacy makes one risk averse

Shirley Williams – ‘This is Me’

Raising issues of career prospects with actual students. Balance of good and bad stories. Practical initiatives.

Reminiscent of FOTE talk.

Questions – too much emphasis on safety and not enough about enterprise, or pathway to independence. Digital identitiy work in Britain is embedded into e-safety work – moral panics lead to domination of filtering and blocking agenda. Need to frame e-safety within digital identity agenda. Social change and reaction to what we area doing. JF – national conversation is more important than policy. YM – we live in a culture of fear and the need for protection – disempowerment. Overemphasis on discussion and conversation as an end in itself.

JF – if you aren’t online managing your digital identity, somebody else will shape it for you. Employment industry. SW – stop looking at the event horizon when there will be another generation, other shifts – better to work with what we have got.

Harry Halpin – Standardising the social web

Social networks are walled gardens.

OpenSocial (Google with MySpace, Yahoo and others). OS version is Shindig.

Almost none of the well-known Web 2.0 companies are members of the W3C – their APIs are not standardised in a single place.

Royalty-free patent policy.

We all need to know what is going on with our data – to have access to what a government has access to e.g. The cloud server shared by Google, Facebook etc.

Take away for Goldsmiths

Schneier’s Taxonomy

Social Graph

Personal branding – people and careers marketed as brands.

Reputation snakes and ladders (from This Is Me).

Send this stuff to Careers (This Is Me comes out of the CETL for Career Management Skills). Also Adam.

This Is Me workbook.

Tommi Brem’s artworks (eyecatcher on learn.gold).

Identities enmeshed with others – privacy.

Take away for me

Images of people used without permission are widespread in this conference. This is a case of “do as I say not as I do”. This suggests that despite the articulated concerns, there is an assumption of trust and latitude of judgement.

Examples of active abuse are greatly outnumbered by examples of unprofessionalism and unintentional indiscretion.

What about comparative social networking?

To do

Message to student services (done – sent details of This Is Me project to Careers)


Written by Mira Vogel

January 30, 2010 at 13:17

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How is the internet changing the way you think?

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I loved this for its disciplinary perspectives – 167 (and counting) short essays from eminent scientists (physical, biological, social), technologists, designers, editors, authors, makers and artists responding to Edge’s World Question Center‘s 14th annual question, ‘How is the internet changing the way you think?’ (Yes, ‘you’).

There is optimism and pessimism. Themes include the importance of focus, the distributed nature of knowledge and memory, autonomy, alienation, and the new importance of networks.

There is so much to think about here, and it is also a rich resource of references to work in this area.

A sample:

Visual artists Eric Frischl and April Gornik:

“a leveling of visual information, whereby it all assumes the same characteristics. One loss is a sense of scale. Another is a loss of differentiation between materials, and the process of making. All visual information “looks” the same, with film/photography being the common denominator.”

Gerd Gigerenzer:

“The Internet shifts our cognitive functions from searching for information inside the mind towards searching outside the mind. It is not the first technology to do so.”

George Church, director of Harvard’s Personal Genome Project:

“Does the Internet pose an existential risk to all known intelligence in the universe or a path to survival? … Yes; it might fragment the attention span of the Twitter generation. (For my world, congenitally shattered by narcolepsy and dyslexia, reading/chatting online in 1968 was no big deal).”

Lisa Randall, Harvard Physicist:

“The plural of anecdotes is not data — but anecdotes are all I have.”

Written by Mira Vogel

January 27, 2010 at 17:41

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Presentation on learning and Web 2.0 for the IDEA Exchange

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We were invited to present at the 2009 IDEA Exchange (IDEA stands for International Debate Education Association), a Goldsmiths-hosted conference on social media.

The presentation (Goldsmiths, Learning, Teaching and Web 2.0) is on SlideShare.

Written by Mira Vogel

January 20, 2010 at 12:46

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