On the Identity Trail

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Thanks to Stefan Brands for pointing us to On the Identity Trail – a really interesting blog on “Understanding the importance and impact of anonymity and authentication in a networked society”. It sports the “animated fingerprint’ shown here (Warning! Don't look at it for too long!) and in addition to Stefan, the group includes luminaries ranging from Steve Mann to Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Ontario.

Researcher Alex Cameron blogs beautifully about the recent conference held by the group in Ottawa, Canada. I really wish I'd been there.

As great as Alex's coverage is, I hope they'll post a podcast. Maybe Steve Mann has a complete three dimensional recording back at his central base.

While I'm at it, thanks to Stefan for emailing me to correct my impression that the Digital Identity paper refered to here was written by Abelson and Lessig themselves, rather than by their students. As he says, it doesn't make the paper any less interesting – but I'm actually relieved to discover that Lawrence Lessig was not an author.

Stefan has been doing some excellent postings and I am trying to find some time to give them the attention they definitely deserve. I guess I'll have to start with his interesting comments on the definition of digital identity I put forward in my last post.

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Kim Cameron

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