Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Identity principalScott Wilson introduced me to the term "principal" for the human entity to which a digital identity is attached. He sums it up as " 'the person for whom a broker executes an order', that is, the entity outside the system that asserts an identity." He references Stephen Downes, Andy Powell and, especially, a long treatise by Dave Snowden which talks about the five characteristics of an identity -
"1. An identity is not the same thing as a role.I might not agree with all that Professor Snowden says, but it is a good starting point for discussion.
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