Identity Management

Theresa Rowe, EDUCAUSE Connect, Dec 18, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The educational technology community has still not come to grips with the question of identity and identification, Shibboleth notwithstanding. The perspective typically seems to be the matter of access control and authentication. But there is no user demand for limited access rights and demands that they prove who they are. Unless identification does something of worth to the user, there will be no demand for it. Moreover, there needs to be some recognition that user data, including personal information and access information, is in a certain sense the property of the user. I wouldn't want to (as this author suggests) emulate the system of credit reporting agencies. I would want it to be more like a name and a signature - both unequivocally mine.
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