Stephen Downes

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Transient Identity

Tom Gordon, Sept 15, 2005

According to the author, "the concept of transient identity comes in to play when the ownership of personal identity is transferred back to the individual." It is transient because it is identity fixed at a certain point in time - the last time user info was entered into a website registration, for example. The author maps transient identity against Kim Cameron's Laws of Identity and finds it faring pretty well, though of course no system of identity is without its problems - "data retention, data quality, trust between provider/consumer, identity theft, data loss." Still, as transient identity is applied against these problems, it still appears remarkably robust.

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