Identity and Unintended Consequences

Once again the nag­ging ques­tions of on-line iden­ti­ty, authen­tic­i­ty, and dis­am­bigua­tion have come across my radar screen. Josh Clark over at GlobalMoxie post­ed a cou­ple of times this last week on both Spock and Wink. //engtech had a guest post on rep­u­ta­tion man­age­ment by Tim Nash ear­li­er in the month, and claimD and openID have shown up in most of the top tech blogs at some point in the last quarter.

We’ve already seen some of the pre­dictable con­se­quences emerge. Among them: iden­ti­ty theft for both prof­it and revenge, fir­ings for on-line activ­i­ties that don’t fit corp. images, and the iden­ti­ties of anony­mous par­ties (unin­ten­tion­al­ly) revealed through third parties.

Now I’m wait­ing to see what the unin­tend­ed con­se­quences of this on-line iden­ti­ty cri­sis and the attempts to fix it will be. Stay tuned.