22G/ Does login = identity?

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Does Login = Identity?

Thursday 22G

Convener: Doc Searls

Notes-taker(s): Nader Helmy

Tags for the session - technology discussed/ideas considered:

Identity, Login, Digital identifiers, Personal data

Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps

3 major themes/takeaways:

  1. Physical embodiment is what allows us to achieve recognition in the real world. Similarly digital embodiment allows us to achieve recognition in digital contexts and online. Who are you in the digital world and how does that manifest? Agents and AI but also Web3, avatars, metaverse, NFTs

  2. Login is about relationships, it should be 2-way but we model it 1-way. Cryptographic relationships are not always a great proxy for real world relationships.

  3. Some scenarios/contexts require you to reveal information that identifies you personally but many don’t. You should be able to manage and use identities that don’t link back to you as a person. You’re this digital person that can project yourself into different scenarios and contexts, sometimes anonymously, sometimes pseudonymous, and rarely fully doxxed.