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?

  • Would allow students to bring their digital presence into the University, to bring their experiences and mesh them with new learning experiences without the need for explicit authentication. It would allow students to cross institutions and better facilitate self directed learning- DaveP DaveP Nov 20, 2011
  • Sharing open tools requires a kind of "open identity" that can be used to enable any user to interact with any tool without having to reestablish identity. Unfortunately this seems to be harder than one would think and we have a long way to go. - amichaelberman amichaelberman

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Open Identity and institutional challenges- DaveP DaveP Nov 20, 2011
  • another response here

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Allow alumni and pre registration students access- DaveP DaveP Nov 20, 2011
  • another response here

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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