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Sunday, November 28, 2004

I have to agree with Kim - and I guess Craig Burton also - that creating software identity solutions is a different conversation than exploring the philosophical thoughts on identity. I would suggest that even this paper that Kim referenced provides some high-level, abstract concepts that can drive a successful model of storing and brokering identity.

I believe that it is important to focus on tools that assist us in gathering, rendering, and managing our 'identity'. We then have the ability to share this information - upon request, or proactively - with a simple set of rules. This is like the 'learning firewall' products, or how IE or Mozilla learn our preferences for dealing with website cookies.

Likewise, I also believe that it is important to understand the foundations of identity to better understand the information that is to be stored. It's not enough to know the values of various identity attributes. We have to know who is the definitive source of that identity information, and what are the units of measurement.

Lastly, we have to understand that our identity evolves with time. It is important that identity management solutions record identity over time, and allow us to query our identity information at any point of time. These same solutions have to be able to trigger actions upon identity updates being recorded ... to automate the process of notifications to the communities that we want 'kept in sync."

Yes ... this particular paper goes too deep into the philosophy of identity, however it does reference some of the important issues to be dealt with!

Olson, Eric T., "Personal Identity", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2002 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)

One important conclusion is that the philosophy of identity is orthogonal to the current discussion.

[Kim Cameron's Identity Weblog]

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