What is Digital Identity?

Digital identity is the idea that everything interacting in the digital realm has or acquires a set of data or attributes, both inherent and changeable, that uniquely identify them as a person or entity online. Relevant to issues of privacy and authentication, digital identity encompasses a wide array of contextual and technical identifiers that exist in a ontological taxonomy. Traits can be understood and accepted in mutually agreed upon contexts such as when providing data like name and address for a PayPal transaction, and in the far more technical view that describes the relationships of these entities and objects to each other in cyberspace.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 27, 2014 To me, Digital Identity isn't just about having a single Sign-On, although this is a cool (albeit potentially risky) concept. I tie this together with Digital Citizenship, Social Media/Networking, etc., not just for my students but my fellow teachers as well. Who are you online? I know you have all Googled yourselves, but you'd be surprised how many people haven't. I see the term "Digital Footprint" used more than "Identity": https://sites.google.com/site/digcitizenshipadventures/managing-your-digital-footprint Some time back, the IB came out with its Virtual Community:
    https://ibo.epals.com/ I've lost track of this project, but the site is still there, and I think it's a great idea. Picture students around the world being able to share their interests according to their online identity. This would be a great way to get Personalized Learning Networks started. We have 2,000+ students, 200+ teachers...on four different campuses...and for the most part nobody on Campus A knows anybody on Campus B. Security is a big concern here in Mexico, but we could have a site much like the IBVC, which is secured at the school level. Here's Suzy, she's in Grade 11, she's interested in this and that, she's studying this and that, etc. Homework and test taking tips, hobbies, activity information, etc., could be shared. Forums and other means of communication/collaboration could be formed around common interests.
  • As part of digital citizenship, and belonging to/working within a digital learning environment. The term digital tattoo is common now as well. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Jan 28, 2014
  • A fundamental we must integrate into many of our academic subjects: Responsibility to Our Digital Footprint or Digital Shadow. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Feb 3, 2014
  • There are not yet mechanisms for parents and student to manage personal data and records across data systems; given the recent media focus on privacy issues, I expect a new protocol/ feature set to emerge.
  • It would be nice to be able to have sites work better to share information and we don't have to continuously enter our data, but it comes at a price.(see my next comment)- alex.podchaski alex.podchaski Feb 9, 2014

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

  • - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 27, 2014 Good description...would like to see mention of the potential for collaboration, PLNs, etc.
  • Personal branding - how to create and shape and manage your own digital identity - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Jan 28, 2014
  • As Julie states…we need to begin teaching students the concepts about branding themselves as they/we move into entrepreneurship and freelance environments. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Feb 3, 2014
  • Managing privacy of personal data.- anton.inglese anton.inglese Feb 8, 2014
  • This sounds like some merging of the OAuth and OpenID projects, with a little social media thrown in to pull it together. The idea is great, that we can carry our identity across sites and bring credentials for different areas to each one, sharing other socially acceptable information as we go. Imagine one big database with all our information in it....wait a minute, maybe it's not such a good idea after all. I think there are ways to move in this direction, but without real digital citizenship, a lot more security, and laws that would work internationally, this sets us up for a huge risk that I don't think we are technically nor socially prepared for.- alex.podchaski alex.podchaski Feb 9, 2014

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

  • - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 27, 2014 Already covered in (1) above, I think. This is another topic I find myself evangelizing about. ;)
  • All learners need to establish and manage their own online digital identity and in fact schools can tie this in with digital citizenship approaches, and also digital portfolio objectives. Each learner needs to stamp their identity digitally through clear avatars and digital signatures - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Jan 28, 2014
  • Webportfolios. A believer. Have a look: http://teachers.concordiashanghai.org/michaellambert/
  • Awareness and control of personal data.- anton.inglese anton.inglese Feb 8, 2014
  • We need to do a much better job teaching awareness of data collection and analysis, privacy issues, and the overall digital footprint/trail we leave behind.- alex.podchaski alex.podchaski Feb 9, 2014

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