Exploring the Online Identity Ecosystem

We all know what it’s like to forget our username or password for one of the dozens of online accounts we access on a regular basis. From ebay and Linked-in to Twitter and vimeo, our online information is often organized into silos disconnected from one another and requiring separate log-in practices.

The “Identity 2.0” movement calls for an integration of these various passwords and usernames into one standard form of identification that can be used on multiple websites. Canadian software developer, Dick Hardt, provided a brilliantly simple presentation explaining the logic behind this user generated model. Essentially, the transition would result in online users having something akin to a drivers license or photo id when checking into an online account. The digital identification card would be used across multiple platforms and serve as username and password for various websites, simplifying the log-in practice and streamlining digital identities.

Of course one of the main concerns from critics of the “Identity 2.0” movement revolves around risks associated with using the same password for multiple websites. If the password or digital identification was to be intercepted, then it might be possible to hack into anything from an online banking account to facebook and personal email accounts.

Some of these concerns and issues, as well as the potential payoffs, are discussed by industry professionals on Digital ID News. Familiarize yourself with the movement and the ramifications of “Identity 2.0” so that you can prepare for the new online ecosystem.




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