First published to the AKASHA Foundation blog.
With thanks to those who commented on draft versions: Matthew Schutte, Jonathan Donner, Martin Etzrodt, Andrei Sambra, Mihai Alisie.
Hero image generated from the original image by Ryan Alexander.
I'm going to outline three ways to think about digital identity to help move the conversation forward in line with the AKASHA Foundation's purpose. I'm not claiming any neat taxonomy per se, just exploring very different degrees of nuance with radically distinct implications.
- Relating to how personal and group identity is manifest online, naively
- Relating to how personal and group identity is manifest online, expertly
- Relating to how we might employ digital technologies to transform society's accommodations of and approaches to identity, generatively.
It seems from observation alone that quite a few technologists work in this mode, excited to be bringing pre-digital bureaucratized identity into the digital age.