Digital Identity

Drummond Reed, OneName Corporation

Jerry Kindall, Epok, Inc.

What Is Digital Identity?

Digital Identity and Privacy

Digital Identity and Identity Theft

Digital Identity and Web Services

Digital Identity Illustrated

Digital Identity and the Consumer

The Identity Web

Identity Documents and Addressing

Identity Linking

Data Sharing Permissions and Contracts

Other Digital Identity Services

Digital Identity and Enterprise Application Integration

The Identity Players

The Future of Digital Identity


Cross References

Further Reading


As an emerging technology, the meaning of digital identity depends to a large extent on who is talking about it. In general, the term refers to the class of technologies, standards, services, and applications that enable a real-world identity to be represented digitally on a network, manage the data related to the identity (its attributes), and control access to various network resources. Technically, any addressable resource on a network has identity; in many circles, though, the term is most meaningful when describing how an individual user's personal identity and personally identifiable data are modeled, represented, controlled, and shared on the network.

Digital identity touches on issues of trust, privacy, security, and interoperability that are becoming vital to the evolving Internet. As e-commerce and e-business become everyday realities, consumers want to control information about themselves, while at ...

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