Yesterday November 2nd 2010 we had an amazing session with Dean Shareski who introduced the concept of digital identity. He brought to my attention this concept which I was not aware of at all. He asked us to google our names and I actually did that several times and found Facebook page, Fulbright alumna, and other social network accounts. But I did not think of the concept of digital identity.His talk is still echoing in my head. Today when I woke up I was still thinking about that. I seriously think about having my virtual domain which displays what I want people to know about me. Potential employers may google my name and I want them to find useful information that helps them to hire me eventually!
According to Wikipedia, digital identity “refers to the aspect of digital technology that is concerned with the mediation of people’s experience of their own identity and the identity of other people and things. Digital identity also has another common usage as the digital representation of a set of claims made by one digital subject about itself or another digital subject”. So….
Is having a digital identity a desirable addition to our lives?
Do we have to have a digital identity in the first place?
Does it endanger our individuality and privacy?
To answer those questions, I have not thought before of having a digital identity. I am just one of billions who are using Internet. Why would I care to create an identity for me? The answer is yes, I should care to create an appropriate one for me. We are using Internet to search and find out about places, so why not people. Why not to find out about who we are hanging out with, family members etc…
The question is, Does it invade privacy? We are using Internet and our names must have been mentioned somewhere. It’s impossible to prevent that. Many people are dragged to BE online. So, why not have what I want to display, what favors me… I think in such digital age privacy is already invaded as long as we have Facebook accounts. This invasion can be to a certain extent, it depends on what people show about their lives. However, it is inevitable to have digital identity as long as we use Internet. Now, it’s our turn to decide what should be put on to draw our image.
Couple of videos about Facebook privacy and goodbye old privacy in facebook age …..