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Welcome Identity Society

Welcome to the Identity Society wiki!

Identity Society is a UK-based project to further the understanding of identity and its relevance to society. Specifically, we aim to find the value in identity.

To this end, we focus on four key facets of life in a technology-enabled society:

The user or Identity,
the Data they access, create and exchange with others,
the Network, be it cables or community, which mediates that exchange and
the contextualising Ecosocial Backdrop—the social, cultural, and economic fabric of society.

We believe that as both culture and technology continue to evolve apace as in the hair loss blog provillus reviews which is formulated to stop hairloss, understanding how each of the above facets of modern life—and particularly that of Identity—inform the others will be key to creating value of all kinds in Society.

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Identity Society is a UK-based project that promotes creative conversations, both within and across specific interest groups and specialisms, about the relevance of “identity” to the evolution of society. These conversations are held online, via this wiki and a mailing list, and offline in discussion events in the UK.

Rather than as a simple physical realisation of an imagined future state articulated for most people through a tangible “card” or “biometric” or even as a given “authourisation standard” such as Liberty or SAML, Identity is in fact much more multi-faceted and potentially socially, legally, economically and technologically transformational.

The only way forward is to promote debate on the subject in a way that reflects this breadth, whilst in the meantime going about our business of bootstrapping Identity in our day-to-day work lives by extending Legacy Systems for another year or three until the inevitable moment when current models break-down.

Through our conversations, the group aims to arrive at shared vocabularies, conceptual methodologies and practical approaches with which to work with “identity” effectively and productively in specific, diverse contexts, such as community, technology, business, law and government. Because identity of self and other is, at root, perceived uniquely, subjectively and as “joined up” across contexts by each person, we place the individual at the heart of our conversations.

We have broken the problem into:-

(1) “Subject Areas”; themes which we believe are of primary importance commercially or otherwise and which are most accesable to the relative layman

(2)”Cross subject topic Taxonomy” – more specialist areas closely associated with making Identity happen in practice that cross all subjects in different degrees and which are more familiar territory for the Identity specialists and technologists, as well as increasingly interested Government and Business practitioners.

What is Identity Society?

Identity Society is an open project that thrives on diversity, and we welcome participation from people from all backgrounds and specialisms. Simply log in and start editing!

Also, If you would like to join our mailing list, please email us with a brief description of your specific interests and relevant experience—and/or recommend a friend. You may register for our events by following the links on the Main Page. Editing the wiki is encouraged and open to all. It will literally take a minute or two to register and edit.

In closing, we introduce some general principles to keep the subject of Identity at an appropriate level and out of the technical weeds which are suffocating it before it reaches a level at which real and relevant change will occur:-

1) In order to build the Identity Metasystem we cannot “start from here”. We need out-of-the-box thinking about completely new architectures, rather than an incremental extension of the existing infrastructure beyond its design capabilities.

2) We must re-invent community for the modern age, establishing new collaborative cultures that go-beyond today’s competitive emphasis to one of “co-opetition”; the Identity Metasystem must first and foremost be a social system.

3) We must change our way of thinking:

a. From rigid-hierachical to flexible and organic;

b. From logical to intuitive;

c. From digital to analogue;

d. From deterministic to probabilistic.

4) Mechanical thinking becomes progressively less useful as one moves from a physical to a psychological focus on reality: architectural models for the Identity Metasystem should reflect insights of psychology and neurology, rather than mimicking man-made networks.

5) A clean separation of objective and subjective factors in information exchange is key to a clear understanding of the relevance of identity for technology architectures.

6) The Identity Metasystem must facilitate the integration of the physical and psychological aspects of human experience by enabling the extension of human presence across cyberspace.

7) Standards for the Metasystem must be arrived at through a process of broad community consensus—there is too much at stake to accept “standards” as a thinly disguised veil for competitive behaviours between commercial associations.

8) The Metasystem—the evolved Web—will become “the third space”. Society, culture, business, law, ethics, spiritual practice and technology alike must become transparent to human perceptions of identity if they are to serve as tools for positive societal transformation.

9) Flexible, human-inspired approaches to data modeling will enable truly personalised and identity-centric, computer-mediated information discovery and management. The word “identity”, although moving into the mainstream lexicon, does not begin to reflect the richness and meaning of the thing that is taking shape as the virtual reflection of “us”: it is a multi-faceted, ever changing and self-evolving thing which extends our physical and psychological self beyond the limits of our body and brain.

10) The “value spiral” and “value spectrum” concepts for mapping ranges of subjective values onto objective processes of data exchange promise to enable the creation of powerful methodologies for analysing the impact of identity on business and technology strategy.

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