This is me, we, us: digital identity

Alan Levine has a great new video shared via the Flat Classroom Project that took me back to some thinking I did with some pals at the University of Reading’s OdinLab (UK) in 2010. We were pondering how to talk about identity, particularly in the internet era. The OdinLab folks had a project for university students called “This is Me” and I did a remix for Librarians as part of some work I was doing in the US.

I loved that Alan presented his ideas about identity through three “slices” of his public self, and that Alan himself is generous about all sides of his life. (Makes for good friends!) I chuckled at the mention of staying in the homes of people he had met “only” online… my husband has been chuckling at me for this since 1996, inviting in what he called, even way back then, my “imaginary friends.” But we all know, you aren’t imaginary! 😉

Take a look at this 13+ minute video. Alan asks some questions that are worth our time. I particularly like the bit at the end when he asks not just about our individual identity, but the “we” — our collective representation and identity online. Cool!

We, Our Digital Selves, and Us – Flat Classroom Project.

Archived Post: Diagrams of Identity and Culture

I am doing a little more exploration about digital identity and have mined a few posts from my old blog. While you can search on key words and find the post, they can’t be tagged and categorized the way the post on my newer blog can be. So I’m reposting some old post on WordPress and back dating them to build a stronger archive. Here is the first (source here).

I still haven’t blogged my notes from the 2005 Microsoft Social Computing Symposium (my bad) but I uploaded a hand drawn mind map from our open space session on Culture and Identity to Flikr with the tag “identity. ”

Peter Davis at identity4all picked it up — Diagrams of Identity

“The Technorati Identity tag lead me squarely here at Nancy White’s photo blog w/flickr.

Since I tend to think pictorally, just like this (and have a growing collection of mind-maps myself), I thought I’d blog this one up the stack a bit (and a mental bookmark).

What this map really demonstrates is the true relativity of Identity. Given some completely different context, the map shows compliance, strong authentication, and patient privacy.

So Nancy, the next time you make this great diagram centered on Identity, push the edges a bit, and lets see how diverse these perspectives really are! I’d bet some would recoil and others rejoice! I cannot help but wonder if Identity Perspectives will ever allow Identity Commons?”

I can’t resist an invitation like that, so I took one little branch off the original picture and did this mind map. I left a comment on Peter’s blog and hope he stops by here!


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