Monday, August 18, 2008

Dumbing down the laws

Kim Cameron has posted a "simplified" version of his Laws of Identity. Problem with simplifying, though, is that you often say something that isn't quite what you mean. Kim starts by saying:

"People using computers should be in control of giving out information about themselves, just as they are in the physical world."
I agree 100%. But one has to remember that "in the real world," people are not always in control of giving out information about themselves. Employers, teachers, medical professionals, government agencies, even social and fraternal organizations have rules governing which information can be shared and which can't (no matter how much you want to share it) as well as whose permission is needed (sometimes yours, sometimes a third party's and sometimes both) in order to release that information. So, yes, we should be able to do digitally exactly what we are able to do physically. And we should be able to do it more efficiently and, perhaps, in a more automated (and audited) manner.

Let me know when that's working.

Clayton Donley has also posted a good 'think' on the revisied Laws.


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