The ability to identify people online is an old topic, and within the field of preventing sexual abuse of kids in digital media it`s quite important. One group of Social Informatics students at Nesna University College showed the participants of the 6th National Getting Involved conference how easy it is to create false Norwegian National Identification Numbers, and thus create an online fake identity that are trusted both by those who operate online services and the users of these services.
Thomas Bogevold, Jonas Tindvik Furu, with Camilla Falch in the background,
at the 6th National Getting Involved Conference, 16th of April 2008. Topic: ID on Internet.
Another way of identifying people is the concept of OpenID.
OpenID is described as “an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. OpenID starts with the concept that anyone can identify themselves on the Internet the same way websites do-with a URI (also called a URL or web address). Since URIs are at the very core of Web architecture, they provide a solid foundation for user-centric identity.” (Source: ifacethoughts)
As a Social Informatics this is a fascinating concept, not the least because it begs the question; Does a set of URL`s constitute a real and true ID or just a collection of carefully prepared “data” to build a false ID?
Take a look at the OpenID service called ClaimID. How would YOUR OpenID look like?