Where next for digital identity?
My notes from 7 Jan 10, British Library
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.
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
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?
Message to student services (done – sent details of This Is Me project to Careers)