What is Digital Identity?

Digital identity management focuses on enabling users to create a single digital identity that can be used in any place where a login is required to access a website or service. It is not a single technology, but a group of related technologies and ideas. In the simplest terms, one’s digital identity is a method that allows recognition any place where a log-in is needed. A variety of different systems are being developed, and though they have the same broad purpose of creating a sign-on system that is convenient and secure for an individual rather than a company or organization, ideas about what precisely defines a user-centric identity system and how that would be implemented are still widely varied. Both Google and Facebook are positioning their systems to be the “home” of one’s digital identity.

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

  • Digital identity is an important element for students to have a grasp of in their work. Taking control of your identity and understanding how to use online can be powerful tools that can help students well beyond their time in school. It should not be overlooked. - KeeneH KeeneH Oct 18, 2010
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Whenever I talk about this topic, I also discuss a merging of personal and professional (or, in this case, personal and academic) personae. - laurenpressley laurenpressley Oct 5, 2010
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Digital identity can have impacts because it can enable people to take charge of their online identity and use it for creating a voice and reputation online. - KeeneH KeeneH Oct 18, 2010
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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